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FFF22 Lost Illusions

M 149 MIN
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Synopsis

An all-star cast dazzles in the spectacular and exhilarating new film by Xavier Giannoli (Marguerite, AF FFF16, The Singer, AF FFF13), an adaptation of Balzac’s classic novel about a young idealist who learns that anything can be bought and sold.

1821. Handsome poet Lucien (Benjamin Voisin - Moving On and Summer of 85 - AF FFF21, in a star-making turn) is poor, but highly ambitious. Failing to make a name for himself in his provincial hometown, he naively follows his married patroness (a radiant Cécile de France) to the glamorous beau monde of Paris. 

But Lucien has entered a society far more dangerous than he realised, and the venomous denizens of the salons (brought to life by a superb ensemble including Jeanne Balibar, Gerard Depardieu and Xavier Dolan) conspire to keep him out of their ranks. Lucien is forced to abandon his principles and find work at a low-brow newspaper, where his scathing critiques soon cause a sensation and arouse the interest of admirers and publishers. But in a society where profit and status rule, what is really left for Lucien?

Epic in scope and impact, Lost Illusions is an eerily prescient fable bracingly attuned to the anxieties of the modern media age. This is grand French cinema at its most lavish, and finest.

Awards

WINNER – 2022 CÉSAR AWARDS (x7) including Best Film, Adapted Screenplay, New Actor (Voisin), Supp. Actor (Lacoste)

WINNER – Best Screenplay,  2022 LUMIERE AWARDS

OFFICIAL SELECTION – 2021 VENICE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 

OFFICIAL SELECTION – 2021 SAN SEBSASTIAN FILM FESTIVAL 

OFFICIAL SELECTION – 2021 ZURICH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 

Reviews

"Director Xavier Giannoli accomplishes one of French literature's trickier feats – adapting Balzac – finding uncanny resonances with our time. "

- Variety


Movie Information

Release date

Tuesday 1st March

Duration

149 min

Rating

M

Cast

Vincent Lacoste, Xavier Dolan, Cécile De France, Benjamin Voisin, Salomé Dewaels

Director

Xavier Giannoli

Genre

Film Festival

Language

French with English Subtitles

Participating Cinemas

Palace Byron Bay



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