The 74th Cannes Movie Pageant – Photocall for the movie “Les Olympiades” (Paris, thirteenth District) in competitors – Cannes, France, July 15, 2021. Director Jacques Audiard and author Lea Mysius pose. REUTERS/Reinhard Krause
July 16, 2021
By Michaela Cabrera
(Reuters) – French director Jacques Audiard’s new movie “Paris thirteenth district” (“Les Olympiades”) doesn’t present the Eiffel Tower, Haussmann buildings or the River Seine.
He trains his lens as a substitute on the brutalist condo towers of the thirteenth arrondissement, often known as the Chinatown of Paris, the place he as soon as lived.
With characters impressed by the graphic novels of American artist Adrian Tomine, Audiard sketches younger, educated however disillusioned folks looking for their path, and he consciously avoids movie clichés of the rich-poor divide in France.
“I needed to speak concerning the center class, individuals who have college levels and have considerably obtained a degree of success, however don’t actually have something going for them,” Audiard instructed Reuters on Thursday, a day after his movie premiered in Cannes.
“Paris thirteenth district” is considered one of 24 movies in competitors for the Palme d’Or on the 74th Cannes pageant.
Filming through the COVID-19 lockdown helped first-time actress Lucie Zhang get into her character Emilie, a younger girl struggling to carry a job and never fall in love along with her one-time flatmate.
“In the course of the pandemic, we’re much more alone, and closed and remoted. So perhaps that may carry this kind of emotion within the characters, unconsciously,” Zhang stated.
Audiard, who gained the Palme d’Or in 2015 with “Dheepan”, a movie about Tamil refugees in France, stated it was troubling that some French movies lack multi-racial illustration.
In “Paris thirteenth district”, two of the primary characters – Camille and Emilie – are from immigrant households.
“In (Francois) Truffaut’s movies, you would see an actual property agent too, or a lover that passes out, however there is no such thing as a Black individual, no Chinese language individual,” Audiard instructed journalists.
Audiard is the director of critically-acclaimed movies together with “The Sisters Brothers”, “A Prophet” and “Rust and Bone”.
(Reporting by Michaela Cabrera, Modifying by Rosalba O’Brien)