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51st Directors’ Fortnight May 15-25, 2019

Cantique de la racaille

Fortnight 1998, Feature film, 1 h 43

Synopsis

When Gaston picked up Marie-Pierre hitch hiking, he could never have guessed that a peach of this kind would stay with him. And his greasy spoon in northern Paris looks nothing like a palace. But it’s the beginning of a great adventure and new times. No more seedy little fencing jobs, no more evenings at Saïd’s with the local whinos, no more struggling to make ends meet. Here come the big time affairs, the fancy restaurants, the money. Gaston has made it and very well, thank you. Extramill is a prosperous and re-spected company, and Marie-Pierre is the girl of his dreams. But Gaston has some bizarre sensations. Paranoid attacks. A little voice in the back of his head that sings a gloomy and monotonous song. There’s often a flip side to fame and fortune. Will the circle close like a hellish vise around his brain ?

Director

Vincent Ravalec

He was an assistant director on more than 100 films for cinema, TV, advertising and clips. He is an author. He made short films. He wrote for Libération, Le serpent à plumes, for example. Based on a novel, Cantique de la racaille is his first feature film ( Flammarion publishing ).

Antoine Chappey
Benaïssa Ahouari
Brigitte Sy
Claire Nebout
Denis Lavant
Jean-Louis Richard
Marc Lavoine
Marilyne Canto
Olivier Gourmet
Philippe Nahon
Samy Naceri
Virginie Lanoue
Yann Collette
Yvan Attal

Screenplay
Vincent Ravalec d’après son roman

Image
Philippe Lesourd

Sound
Eric Mauer, Laurent Zeilig, Claude Villand

Editing
Yvon Lemiere

Music
Robert Miny

Set decoration
Fred et Fred Lapierre

Production : April Films, 7 rue Ambroise Thomas, 75009 Paris. France, Tél. : (33) 1 48 24 40 00 Fax : (33) 1 48 24 10 44, E mail : april@club-internet.fr – M6 Films – Le Studio Canal + – Les Films du Garage Vente à l’étranger : Intermedia ARC Pictures, 9-13 Grosvenor Street, London W1X 9FB, Grande-Bretagne. Tél. : (44 171) 495 33 22 Fax : (44 171) 495 39 93 Distribué en France par : Pyramide, 5 rue Richepanse, 75008 Paris. Tél. : 01 42 96 01 01 Fax : 01 40 20 02 21