LFF 2021: Paris, 13th District CTBA
From the archive
This film was last shown on 15 October 2021
Based on three stories by graphic novelist Adrian Tomine, Paris, 13th District sees French maestro Jacques Audiard stepping away from his previous crime genre tendencies to offer a panorama of love, desire and everyday survival in a racially, culturally, sexually diverse contemporary city. Lucie Zhang plays Emilie, a free spirit working in telesales and trying to handle the expectations of her Taiwanese family, and who gets involved with her lodger Camille (Makita Samba), a literary postgraduate. Alongside these mesmerising newcomers, Noémie Merlant (Portrait of a Lady on Fire) plays law student Nora, whose life implodes when she is mistaken for cam girl ‘Amber’ (Savages singer Jehnny Beth). As their lives intersect, a bustling but unromantic Parisian district is the backdrop for a tough, tender, often euphoric city symphony.
Script collaborators are writer-directors Céline Sciamma (herself in the 2021 London Film Festival with Petite Maman) and Léa Mysius (Ava), with Paul Guilhaume’s crackling black-and-white photography bringing the Nouvelle Vague’s urban dreams electrically into the 21st century.
- Jacques Audiard
- 1 hour 46 minutes
- Jehnny Beth, Lucie Zhang, Makita Samba, Noémie Merlant
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