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51st Directors’ Fortnight May 15-25, 2019

La Buena Vida

Fortnight 1997, Feature film, 1 h 48

Synopsis

Tristan has just turned 14. He attends a French school in Madrid and plays the piano. But he devotes most of his time to writing his biography, convinced of his vocation as a writer. He shuts himself away in his room, his domain, and endlessly bangs away on an old typewriter, to the despair of his parents, who have others things in mind for him. Only a single chapter is missing in his book : the account of a night spent in a woman’s arms. His father and mother die in a car accident, leaving Tristan alone with his grandfather, an aged, antisocial provincial who dreams only of returning to the country of his birthplace. To survive in the face of everything, to grow up and bear his new solitude – this preoccupation obviously enters his memoirs, but Tristan doesn’t turn his back on life for all that : his doubts, desires and friendships fully occupy his waking hours, and he dreams, confident he will live a “beautiful life”.

Director

David Trueba

He was a journalist, a traducer, a screenwriter of short films and for TV; he started in cinema in 1991 as a co-screenwriter of Emilio Martinez-Lazaro’s feature film, Amo tu cama rica. In 1993, he wrote the screenplay of Los peores anos de nuestra vida that won a Goya as best screenplay. He participated in writing and producing a Spanish TV show, El peor programa de la semana. In 1994, he adapted a Spanish play of David Mamet, Speed The Plow. In 1995, he wrote with his brother Two Much, an adaptation of a novel writen by Donald E. Westlake. His first novel, Abierto todo la noche, was published by Anagrama publishing. In 1996, he directed a video-clip for singer Albert Pla, awarded at the Vitoria festival. La Buena Vida is his first feature film.

Alma Rosas Castellanas
Fernando Ramallo
Isabel Otero
Jesus Bonilla
Joel Joan
Jordi Bosch
Lucia Jimenez
Luis Cuenca
Victoria Pena

Screenplay
David Trueba

Image
William Lubtchansky

Sound
Georges Prat

Editing
Angel Hernandez-Zoido

Music
Antoine Duhamel

Set decoration
Cristina Mampaso

PRODUCTION : Trueba/Kaplan/Olmo Films C/. Antonio Cavero, 37, 28043 Madrid Tél. : (34-1) 759 62 64 Fax : (34-1) 300 01 04 L. Films (France) VENTES A L’ETRANGER Lolafilms C/. Velasquez 12, 28001 Madrid Tél. : (34-1) 431 42 46 Fax : (34-1) 435 59 94