ON A MAGICAL NIGHT (Chambre 212)

Tuesday September 24 – 8:00 pm –Truffaut  Theatre
(+ Short Film Presentation: MY GENERATION)
(Screening ends at 9:40 pm)
Followed by a Conversation with Actor Vincent Lacoste

North American Premiere | France, Belgium, Luxembourg | 2019 | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy | 107 min | In French with English subtitles

Directed by: Christophe Honoré
Written by: Christophe Honoré
Cinematography: Rémy Chevrin
Film Editing: Chantal Hymans
Produced by: Philippe Martin, David Thion (Les Films Pelléas), Geneviève Lemal (Scopes Production), Lilian Eche, Christel Henon (Badibul Productions), France 2 Cinéma
Cast: Chiara Mastroianni (Maria Mortemart), Vincent Lacoste (Richard Warrimer, 20), Benjamin Biolay (Richard Warrimer, 40), Camille Cottin (Irène Haffner, 40), Carole Bouquet (Irène Haffner, 60)
International Sales: Charades
U.S. Distributor: Strand Releasing
U.S. Release Date: 2020

Chiara Mastrioanni won the Best Actress Award at this year’s Cannes Film Festival for her delicious star turn in Christophe Honoré’s quirky, song-laden, fantasy-drenched romantic farce, On a Magical Night. (Think A Midsummer Night’s Dream meets Scenes From a Marriage.) Mastrioanni is surrounded by a delightful cast of somewhat unexpected characters, beautifully brought to life by the likes of Camille Cottin, Vincent Lacoste, and a wonderfully wise Carole Bouquet. The plot is triggered by a sudden marital crisis (and quite a bit of genre-appropriate bed-hopping), and takes place over the course of one life-changing night in Paris. Yet, under its frothy surface, the film is actually a kind of deconstructed love story, in which the dreams of youth are held in sharp contrast to the world-weariness of middle age. But maybe the key to happiness lies somewhere in between… As Barry Manilow ponders, “Could this be the magic, at last?”

Christophe Honoré | Writer-director Christophe Honoré began his career as a journalist at Les Cahiers du Cinéma, has written numerous young adult novels, and written, directed and performed in several plays. He made his first short, Nous deux, in 2001, and went on to write and direct 14 features and TV movies, including Seventeen Times Cécile Cassard (2002), In Paris (2006), Love Songs (2007), The Beautiful Person (COLCOA 2009), Making Plans for Lena (COLCOA 2010), and Sorry Angel (2018). Five of his films have premiered at Cannes, including On a Magical Night, which was an official selection in this year’s Un Certain Regard section. The film is shown at COLCOA prior to its French release on October 9, 2019.


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