SEE YOU UP THERE (Au revoir là-haut)
West Coast Premiere | France | 2017 | Drama, Comedy | 112 min | In French with English subtitles
Directed by: Albert Dupontel
Written by: Albert Dupontel, Pierre Lemaitre
Cinematography: Vincent Mathias
Film Editing: Christophe Pinel
Original Score: Christophe Julien
Produced by: Catherine Bozorgan (Manchester Films)
Cast: Albert Dupontel (Albert Maillard), Nahuel Perez Biscayart (Edouard Pericourt), Laurent Lafitte (Lieutenant Pradelle), Niels Arestrup (Marcel Péricourt), Héloise Balster (Louise), Émilie Dequenne (Madeleine Péricourt), Mélanie Thierry (Pauline), Kyan Khojandi (Dupré)
International Sales: Gaumont
Albert Dupontel’s giddily ambitious adaption of Pierre Lemaitre’s novel, The Great Swindle (honored with the prestigious Prix Goncourt in 2013), is a dizzying genre-balancing act that swirls across the screen as it follows three scheming soldiers in the wake of World War I. The film’s deft mélange of the horrors of war, broad comedy and the director’s very own brand of very dark humor tells the story of two grunt soldiers — a humble accountant (Dupontel) and a brilliant painter (Nahuel Pérez Biscayart) — and their sadistic commanding officer (Laurent Lafitte), and the monumental scams they simultaneously mount to cash in on their own spoils of war. The film’s intoxicating technical feats and a formidable cast are literally guaranteed to take your breath away. The proof — the film earned a whopping 13 César nominarions and won 5 Awards, for Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Costumes and Production Design.
Actor/director/screenwriter Albert Dupontel began his career as a stand-up comic. He went on to appear in some 44 feature films, including Jacques Audiard’s A Self-Made Hero, Jean Becker’s Love Me No More, Cédric Klapisch’s Paris (COLCOA 2008), Gaspard Noé’s Irreversible and Florent Emilio Siri’s Intimate Enemies (COLCOA 2008). Dupontel is a four-time César Award acting nominee. He has written and directed one short and six feature films, earning him the stature of French master of black comedy. His credits include the hugely successful Bernie, nominated for the Best First Feature César Award; The Villain (COLCOA 2010); and 9 Month Stretch (COLCOA 2014), which was nominated for six César Awards, nabbing the Best Actress prize, for Sandrine Kimberlain, and Best Original Screenplay, for Dupontel.
Presented in Association with: Gaumont