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51st Directors’ Fortnight May 15-25, 2019

Archipel

Fortnight 1992, Feature film, 1 H 40

Synopsis

The bilingual college “Hamilton School”, on a Southern England island, with its Victorian buildings scattered in the park like distant isles. Deserted by its boarders – on holidays – but haunted by its young owner, Alexandra Hamilton – the inevitable fantasy of four hundred pupils. Hidden in her house, “protected” by an old and jealous tutor, a governess that keeps looking ambigously at her, and a nurse with a provocative body. “Protected” against who? Against what? Michel – the only pupil who has not left for the holidays – is put up by Alexandra. He will try to get through the mysterious defence, inevitably falling in romantic love to discover the rules of the strange ballet of seduction, perversion and power that rules over the small group. He will burn his heart but also find the answer to the choice a teenager can be faced with on the eve of his emotional and sexual life…

Director

Pierre Granier-Deferre

He was born in Paris. He was assistant director to Berthomieu, Carné, Le Chanois, Lampin for example. He became a director when deep change with New Wave. Archipel is his 26th feature film.

Anaïs Jeanneret
Claire Nebout
Ludmila Mikaël
Melvil Poupaud
Michel Aumon
Michel Piccoli
Samuel West

Screenplay
Pierre Granier-Deferre, Jacques Fieschi, d’après le roman de Michel Rio

Image
Charly Vandamme

Sound
Frank Struys, Bernard Leroux

Editing
Anne-Marie L’Hote

Music
Elton John, Edith Piaf

Set decoration
Jacques Saulnier

PRODUCTION : Locus Solus Productions Les Films Dancourt What’s on VENTE A L’ETRANGER : MGI International