French Film 'Party Girl' Chosen as Cannes Un Certain Regard Opener
by Alex Billington
April 10, 2014
Cannes has officially announced another film in this year's line-up ahead of the full selection unveiling next week. We already know that Olivier Dahan's Grace of Monaco, starring Nicole Kidman as Grace Kelly, will be the opening competition film of the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. Following that we can now include Party Girl, a film written and directed by Marie Amachoukeli, Claire Burger and Samuel Theis, which has been chosen to open the Official Selection of the Un Certain Regard category. It follows Sofia Coppola's The Bling Ring which was presented in 2013. So far, so good, with the complete list of 2014 films next week.
Un Certain Regard is part of the Cannes selection that introduces young talent and encourages innovative and daring cinema. Produced by Elzévir Films, Party Girl shows 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 is played by the real-life Angélique.
The three co-directors of Party Girl (Marie Amachoukeli, Claire Burger, Samuel Theis) first met at Fémis, where they studied screenwriting and editing and began their collaboration. They produced short films that amassed awards at several festivals: Forbach (Cinéfondation Second Prize, Festival de Cannes 2008 and Grand Prix at the 2009 Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival), C’est gratuit pour les filles (Semaine de la Critique 2009 - César Award for Best Short Film, 2010), and also Demolition Party (2013).
We're planning to return to Cannes 2014 again this year, and will be keeping an eye on the films and events happening this year. For now the 2014 line-up includes Party Girl and Grace of Monaco, with more on the way. Stay tuned for more news and updates from Cannes, which runs from May 15th to 26th this summer.
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