Tuesday, September 24 – 4:10 pm – Truffaut Theatre
(Screening ends at 5:40 pm)

World Premiere | France | 2019 | Drama | 88 min | In French with English subtitles

Directed by: Emmanuel Bourdieu
Written by: Emmanuel Bourdieu
Based on the Novel by: Gaspard Koenig
Cinematography: Marie Spencer
Film Editing: Benoit Quinon
Original Score: Grégoire Hetzel
Produced by: Hélène Delale (Italique Productions), Zadig Productions, Arte France
Cast: Nicolas Duvauchelle (David), Marina Palii (Roxana), Julia Faure (Elisabeth)
International Sales: Film & Picture
Original Broadcast: Arte, TBA

Roxana, a Romanian student working her way through school as a nanny in France, is flattered when David, her employer, drops a golden opportunity into her lap. An ambitious financier at the Council of Europe Development Bank in Strasbourg, David has pitched a project to build a highway across Romania, and Roxana’s inside info and connections can be invaluable to landing that very lucrative contract. Based on Gaspard Koenig’s novel Kidnapping, the narrative unleashes a battle between East and West. Tradition and trust versus modernization and greed… But, in the end, who will kidnap whom?

With a background in linguistics and philosophy, writer-director Emmanuel Bourdieu began his career in the cinema collaborating on several of Arnaud Desplechin’s screenplays — My Sex Life… or How I Got Into an Argument, Esther Kahn, Playing “In the Company of Men” and A Christmas Tale— as well as Catherine Corsini’s The New Eve, Nicole Garcia’s Place Vendôme and several episodes of the hit Canal+ series The Bureau. One of his first films as writer-director, Candidature, won the 2001 Jean Vigo Prize and was nominated for a César Award for Best Short Film. Bourdieu went on to co-write and direct the feature films Vert Paradis, Poison Friends (Cannes Critic’s Week Grand Prize and SACD Screenwriting Award), Intrusions, and Louis-Ferdinand Céline, as well as two TV docudramas, Drumont, histoire d’un antisémite français and Dans la tête d’un juré.


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