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52nd edition from May 13 to 23, 2020

Amateur

Fortnight 1994, Feature film, 1 h 45

Synopsis

Isabelle, an ex-nun who believes that God has an as yet unspecified mission set aside for her, keeps herself fed by writing short stories for a pornographic magazine. One day, she meets Thomas, a confused but insightful amnesiac wandering the streets of New york City. When they set out to discover Thomas’s past, Isabelle suspects that it’s somehow linked with a desparate young porn actress, Sofia. Before long, Isabelle, Thomas and Sofia are being pursued by blood thirsty corporate assassins, who desperatly want to kill Thomas. Unable to remember his own unsavoury criminal past, Thomas commits himself to saving Sofia and, of course, Isabelle with whom he is now hopelessly in love.

Director

Hal Hartley

He was born in Long Island and studied painting at the Massachussetts College of Art. He entered the Purchase Film School in New York where he studied philosophy and literature. He setlled in New York and made 3 short films: Kid, The Cartographer’s Girlfriend et Dogs. In 1988, he directed his first feature film, The Unbelievable Truth, shown in Toronto. His second full length film, Trust, was shown in many international festivals and Simple men was selected in competition in Cannes. He also made video clips for Everything But The Girl, Yo La Tengo and The Breeders. Amateur is his fourth feature film.

Chuck Montgomery
Damian Young
David Simonds
Elina Löwensohn
Isabelle Huppert
Martin Donovan

Screenplay
Hal Hartley

Image
Michael Spiller

Sound
Jeff Pullman

Editing
Steven Hamilton

Music
Jeff Taylor et Ned Rifle

Set decoration
Steve Rosenzweig

Production : True Fiction Pictures, New York, USA Vente à l’étranger : UGC DA International, Neuilly, France Distribution : Diaphana, Paris, France