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51th Directors’ Fortnight May 15-25, 2019

Elève libre

Fortnight 2008, Feature film, 1h45

Synopsis

Sixteen-year-old Jonas fails his exams again but thinks he can devote himself professionally to tennis. He fails the national competition. He meets 30-year-old Pierre, who is moved by his situation, and decides to help him. Depending entirely on his support, Jonas neglects public school. Incapable of setting the boundary lines of their relationship, his tutoring takes a turn that is more than merely academic.

Director

Joachim Lafosse

Joachim Lafosse was born in Brussels in 1975. After receiving his diploma from the IAD (Institut des Arts de Diffusion), he directed his first feature film, Private Madness, selected for competition at Locarno, in 2004. In 2006, he made two features, Ça Rend Heureux (in competition at Locarno, and Grand Prix du Jury of the Premiers Festival Plans of Angers) and Private Property with Isabelle Huppert (in competition at Venice). In 2007 his fourth feature, Private Lessons was shown in the Directors’ Fortnight. Joachim Lafosse’s career has gathered speed with each new film, and with this momentum has come national and international recognition: Our Children was selected for Un Certain Regard and won Best Actress for Emilie Dequenne. In 2015, he made White Knights with a top tier cast (Vincent Lindon, Louise Bourgoin, Valérie Donzelli and Reda Kateb). The film was presented at Toronto and won Best Director at San Sebastian.

Anne Coesens
Claire Bodson
Johan Leysen
Jonas Bloquet
Jonathan Zaccaï
Pauline Etienne
Yannick Renier

Screenplay
Joachim Lafosse, François Pirot

Image
Hichame Alaouié

Sound
Benoît De Clerck

Editing
Sophie Vercruysse

Music
Vive la Fête / Goose

Set decoration
Anna Falgueres

Production : Versus production 9, Quai de la Goffe 4000 Liège Belgique Tél : +32 4 223 18 35 Fax : +32 4 223 21 71 info@versusproduction.be www.versusproduction.be Mact Productions (France) ventes à l’étranger / foreign sales : Films Distribution 34, rue du Louvre 75001 Paris France Tél : +33 (0)1 53 10 33 99 Fax : +33 (0)1 53 10 33 98 info@filmsdistribution.com www.filmsdistribution.com Distribution : Haut & Court 38, rue des Martyrs 75009 Paris France Tél : +33 (0)1 55 31 27 27 Fax : +33 (0)1 55 31 27 28 distribution@hautetcourt.com www.hautetcourt.com Presse / Publicist : France André-Paul Ricci Tony Arnoux 6, Place de la Madeleine 75008 Paris France Tél : +33 (0)1 49 53 04 20 Fax : +33 (0)1 43 59 05 48 apricci@wanadoo.fr International : Viviana Andriani tel/fax: +33 1 42 66 36 35 mob: +33 6 80 16 81 39 viviana.andriani@wanadoo.fr

Title in Original Version : Private Lessons