PLOT 35 (Carré 35)
West Coast Premiere | France / Germany / Qatar | 2017 | Documentary | 67 min | In French with English subtitles
Directed by: Éric Caravaca
Written by: Eric Caravaca, Arnaud Cathrine
Cinematography: Jerzy Palacz
Film Editing: Simon Jacquet
Original Score: Florent Marchet
Produced by: Laetitia Gonzalez, Yaël Fogiel (Les Films du Poisson)
International Sales: Pyramide International
“I lived… we all lived with a ghost,” says director Éric Caravaca in the voiceover narration of his deeply moving, poetic film, Plot 35. The “ghost” is that of the sister he never knew. He never even knew she existed. Christine died at three, before he and his brother were born. Stranger still, his mother burned every photograph and home movie the child appeared in. Reeling from that discovery, Caravaca sets out to investigate the truth and try to find out why Christine’s death was so shameful that his parents chose to methodically erase her entire existence. The resulting film is a fascinating, fearless look — not into the grave at plot 35, but into the heartbreaking, dysfunctional nature of family secrets and lies. It is also a rousing, heartfelt affirmation of the unconscious information we carry within us… and of the very act of remembering.
Éric Caravaca | Writer/director/actor Éric Caravaca studied at the National Drama Academy in Paris and the Actor’s Studio in New York. He returned to France, worked in theater and gained recognition for his performance in Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot. His breakout film was Francois Dupeyron’s C’est quoi la vie? (1999), which earned him a César Award for Most Promising Actor. He has appeared in over 70 films, including The Officer’s Ward, also by Dupeyron (to whom Plot 35 is dedicated), which earned him a César Best Actor nomination. Other titles include Patrice Chéreau’s Son Frère (COLCOA 2003) and Cédric Klapisch’s Back to Burgundy (2017). He made his directorial debut with the narrative feature Passenger (2005), which premiered at the Venice Film Festival. Plot 35, his sophomore directorial effort and first doc, was nominated for a César Award for Best Documentary.
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