24th Athens International Film Festival

Paris 05:59

29/9/2016, 23:15, Odeon Opera 1

An 18-minute orgy scene in a Paris gay club introduces us to an unexpected boy-meets-boy story, where lust is instinctively turned into love at first sight. In the next hour, the two young men will wander around night-time Paris in an alternative, highly daring version of "Before Sunrise", which won the Teddy Audience Award at the Berlin Film Festival.

The Βo Hugo J247

Theo and Hugo meet each other in the basement of a gay club in Paris during an explicitly filmed sex orgy. As they engage in sex with different partners, their eyes lock and they realize that what will follow is going to be something more than a one night stand. In fact they exit together, taking the same road. With Paris as backdrop, they contemplate the horror of AIDS, since they had unprotected sex and one of them is HIV positive, confess their fears, and surrender to their passionate romance, like the heroes of Linklater's "Before Sunrise".

Having dealt with LGBT topics in the past, the directing duo of OIivier Ducastel and Jacques Martineau decide to take a risk by starting the movie with a twenty minute orgy that leaves nothing to the imagination, and succeed at making a brave film, with sensitive dialogue and beautiful images of Paris at night. Winner of the Teddy Audience Award at the Berlin International Film Festival.

Directors: Olivier Ducastel and Jacques Martineau
Screenwriters: Olivier Ducastel and Jacques Martineau
DoP: Manuel Marmier
Music: Karelle Kuntur (co-composers: Gael Blondet, Pierre Desprats, Victor Praud)
Editor: Pierre Deschamps
Principal Cast: Geoffrey Couet, Francois Nambot

France | 2016 | Color | DCP | 97' | French


      Festival Darlings

      Festival Darlings

      Julieta (opening film)

      Julieta (opening film)

      The chance encounter of a 50-year-old teacher with an old acquaintance will lead to the awakening of long-hidden ghosts from her past and urge her to sort out unsolved mysteries, open wounds and pending affairs of the heart about the man she loved, the daughter she brought into the world, her own parents and herself. A hymn to female nature from a director who has always used his films to pay tribute to the women in his life and his mind.

      Elle (closing film)

      Elle (closing film)

      After a violent assault from a stranger, a woman starts inventing surprising ways of taking the law into her own hands and turning herself into an offender. Paul Verhoeven's scandalous and sufficiently kinky return to directing is the exciting distillation of a partnership between a filmmaker who's not easily bullied, an actress who doesn't shy away from a challenge (Isabelle Huppert) and an enjoyably amoralistic story who loves to make its audience squirm.

      The Handmaiden

      The Handmaiden

      A young maid is sent to the mansion of a Japanese noblewoman in order to seduce her. The red-hot passion that erupts between them, threatens the plans of the man masterminding the operation. The virtuosic director of "Oldboy" masterfully envelops the best erotic thriller of the year with intriguing mystery, daring lesbian love scenes, metaphysical hints and unbelievable directorial prowess.

      All These Sleepless Nights

      All These Sleepless Nights

      Two students are unleashed onto Warsaw's endless nightlife and immerse themselves in alcohol, drugs and love. Something between documentary and fiction, the camera follows them from party to party and from pleasure to pleasure, set against a metropolis shedding its identity and a youth agonising over their next thrill. Nights when time dilates, loves lasting for a single smoke, enchanting cinematography and an excellent electronic soundtrack.

      Anthropoid

      Anthropoid

      Can the director of "Cashback", one of the most refreshing romantic comedies of the past decade, be up to the challenge of directing a suspenseful thriller about the real-life plan to assassinate Reinhard Heydrich, a notorious Nazi official? The answer is a resounding yes, as the film ends up being a heart-stopping experience with Cillian Murphy ("Peaky Blinders") again at the top of his game.