LET THE GIRLS PLAY (Comme des garçons)

Monday, April 30 – 3:45 pm – Renoir Theatre

North American Premiere | France | 2018 | Comedy | 90 min | In French with English subtitles

Directed by: Julien Hallard
Written by: Julien Hallard, Jean-Christophe Bouzy, Claude Le Pape
Cinematography: Axel Cosnefroy
Film Editing: Jean-Christophe Bouzy
Original Score: Vladimir Cosma
Produced by: Frédéric Jouve, Marie Lecoq (Les Films Velvet), Les Armateurs, Mars Films, C8
Cast: Max Boublil (Paul Coutard), Vanessa Guide (Emmanuelle Bruno), Bruno Lochet (Alain Lambert), Carole Franck (Raymonde), Solène Rigot (Corine Fricoteau)
International Sales: Indie Sales

Reims, 1969. Confirmed womanizer and sports writer for the local paper, Paul Coutard has a run-in with the coach of the town soccer team. As punishment for his misconduct, Paul’s boss forces him to plan the paper’s annual fair. His nemesis, executive secretary Emmanuelle Bruno, is coerced into assisting him. The chore quickly turns into a challenge and they decide to organize a women’s soccer match for the event. But the project grows to unsuspected proportions and the hijinks that follow turn the French sports world upside down… and leads them, almost unwittingly, to create the first women’s soccer team in France. Based on a true story, Let the Girls Play is a feminist rom-com farce with a spunky, predominantly female, cast. It will be screened at COLCOA the same week it is released in France.

Julien Hallard | Self-taught writer/director Julien Hallard studied political science at the prestigious Sciences Po in Paris, then briefly worked as a journalist. However, his love of cinema got the better of him and he went on to write and direct several shorts. His short film Cheveu (2010), financed by Arte, received several awards at the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival. Then, one day, he heard a radio documentary about the first women’s soccer team in France, loved the story and knew that Let the Girls Play would be his first feature!


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