By twhalliii | THE BACK ROW MANIFESTO by Tom Hall April 29, 2008 at 7:42AM
Ok, I think it is probably well known among longtime readers of thie little blog that Arnaud Desplechin is my favorite working filmmaker. I have been tracking the production of his newest film Un Conte De Noël for months now, with a first look at stills from the film and an early synopsis posted here last summer. Now that the film is in Cannes (and I have to say, is the film I am hoping will win the Palme D'Or) and is nearing its French theatrical release date, a French language trailer for the film has been posted online. Take a look:
Hope your French is better than mine... Anyway, one of the things that grabs me right away is the film's location; The city of Roubaix, the location of the Desplechin family home (as seen in L'Aimee) and a location that lends this film more than a small whiff of autobiography. I guess you could say that all of Desplechin's films carry autobiographical signifiers, but the choice of Roubaix seems to lend this film more of a direct connection than others. The movie looks like a cross between Kings and Queen and La Vie Des Morts, which features much of the same dysfunctional sibling rivalry that seems on display here. Either way, I can't wait and am hopeful that Arnaud will bring home the Palme. I can't wait to see this, hopefully in Toronto and New York this fall, and am again green with envy at those who will be headed to Cannes to catch the World Premiere. Send word!
(Thanks as always to P. for the news I love to receive...)