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IFI FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL 2016: SAINT AMOUR

Director: Benoît Delépine & Gustave Kervern

101 mins, France / Belgium, 2016, Digital


Directors Benoît Delépine & Gustave Kerverne will partake in a post-screening Q&A on November 22nd.

Widowed cattle farmer Jean (Gérard Depardieu) and his wine-soaked son Bruno (Benoît Poelvoorde) – who boasts of being drunk at least twice a week for the past 25 years – take to the road on a ramshackle tour of France’s wine-growing regions à la Alexander Payne’s Sideways in writer-directors Benoît Delépine and Gustave Kervern’s (Louise-Michel; Mammuth) enjoyably lopsided picaresque comedy. The directors’ trademark streak of deadpan absurdity is evidenced, but is offset by clear affection for their characters. Watch out for an unlikely cameo from acclaimed writer Michel Houellebecq. (Notes by David O’Mahony.)

Director’s note: A hilarious, tender and sentimental road-trip with father and son  (Depardieu-Poelvoorde) taking an epic wine tour of France.

Screening as part of the IFI French Film Festival 2016.

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