2010 / WORLD PREMIERE
1H20 / IN FRENCH
Prudence Friedmann,17, is suddenly alone and adrift in the family apartment. She meets Marilyne, a high school misfit who introduces her to the illegal race circuit of Rungis where souped-up mopeds and muscle bikes race against each other, undaunted by danger.
Fascinated by Reynald, Franck and the other guys from the Rungis clique, Prudence tries to find a place for herself by passing off her loneliness as freedom.
director: Rebecca Zlotowski
screenplay: Rebecca Zlotowski, Gaëlle Macé
image : George Lechaptois
sound: Mathieu Descamps
montage : Julien Lacheray
production design: Antoine Platteau
musique : ROB
French nationality. Born in 1980 in Paris (France).
Belle épine is the first film she directed.
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Belle épine by Fabien Gaffez
Rebecca Zlotowski does no hierarchy between her work as a scenarist and as a director. According to her, every collaborator is a co-author in a way. Free from the French idea of an independent film, she directs BELLE ÉPINE, a first film fostered by French cinema and genre cinema. I’ve liked Pialat, Rozier and Sautet as much as the American teen movies. The style of the film testifies of this peculiar hybridization, which manages to depict landscapes and to portray characters as well in a same breath, taking its place in a long tradition of women portraits : I like heraldry and portraits. The films I like shed the light on a figure and I mean it : a face and a moral position. BELLE ÉPINE is not only the portrait of a young woman, but also the one of an escape, an adventure and a speed proper to youth.
For this “solipsist” film that offers to Léa Seydoux the richest role of her young career, Zlotowski had to make up a casting in which every character would exist thoroughly and immediately. She had to find actors with a way of speaking or a way of walking, already full of fiction. Agathe Schlenker’s terribly moving way of walking or Nicolas Maury’s unique diction for example. As for Léa Seydoux, Zlotowski couldn’t think of anyone else : I’ve immediately decided that she would be Prudence and it has been the beginning of our collaboration. The difficulty to build Prudence’s character was her seeming lack of expressiveness, the huge inwardness of the character : we had to express everything and erase it all then. All that fosters the poisonous beauty of BELLE ÉPINE.
Le film sera distribué en France le 10 novembre 2010 par Pyramide Distribution
2010 Louis Delluc Prize for Best First Feature Film