French Impressions – The Workshop (15)

Director: Laurent Cantet
Cast: Marina Foïs, Matthieu Lucci, Florian Beaujean
Language: French
Country of Origin: France
Year: 2017
Running Time: 60m film talk; film screening 114m

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About this event

The New Year starts with a highly recommended film from Laurent Cantet. Jon Davies explores the background of this talented and entertaining cinaste.

The Workshop

From Laurent Cantet, writer-director of Palme d’Or-winner The Class, and writer Robin Campillo (120 Beats Per Minute) comes The Workshop, a riveting contemporary drama that blends social commentary with a complex study of the modern world. Set in La Ciotat, France, the film centres around Antoine (Matthieu Lucci), a teenager who attends a summer writing class. Alongside a group of other students, Antoine is tasked with writing a crime thriller with the help of celebrated novelist Olivia Dejazet (Marina Foïs, Polisse), on the basis that the final piece is connected with the town’s industrial past. While the class set about their projects, Olivia is captivated by Antoine’s anxious and aggressive behaviour. This is reflected in his prose, which becomes more violent and disturbing in its depiction of political radicalism – a provocative streak Olivia is at once troubled and fascinated by.

This programme includes the Talk at 1pm-2pm and a Screening at 2.30pm. To book for the film only on this day, please contact the Box Office. Please note this film is also shown from Fri 30 Nov – Wed 5 Dec (excl. Sun).


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