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French Debut Feature 'Party Girl' to Open the 2014 Cannes Un Certain Regard

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood April 10, 2014 at 12:54PM

"Party Girl," a debut feature written and directed by Marie Amachoukeli, Claire Burger and Samuel Theis, is set to open the Un Certain Regard section of Cannes 2014.
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'Party Girl'
'Party Girl'

"Party Girl," a debut feature written and directed by Marie Amachoukeli, Claire Burger and Samuel Theis, is set to open the Un Certain Regard section of Cannes 2014.

Here's the official description for the French docudrama, which sounds like it has shades of last year's festival fave "Gloria":

PARTY GIRL follows the life of Angélique, a 60 year-old night club hostess who still loves men and enjoys partying, but now as the senior member on staff, feels she has reached the end of the line. On an impulse, she agrees to marry her regular client, Michel. The film is a portrait of a free woman who has chosen to live on the margins of conventional society, and delves deep into a France that is often underrepresented. With total realism, the lead role is played by the real-life Angélique.

The trio of co-directors have had short films "Forbach" and "C'est gratuit pour les filles" play at Cannes in 2008 and 2009, respectively.

Meanwhile, Argentinean filmmaker Pablo Trapero was recently announced as the jury president for Un Certain Regard. The Cannes official lineup will be unveiled on April 17.

Sofia Coppola's "Bling Ring" opened last year's Un Certain Regard.

This article is related to: Festivals, Cannes Film Festival, Cannes


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.