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51st Directors’ Fortnight May 15-25, 2019

La Captive

Fortnight 2000, Feature film, 1h52

Synopsis

Ariane lives in Simon’s large apartment. Under surveillance. Simon wants to know everything about her. He follows her, has someone accompany her when she goes out, attempts to surprise her and badgers her endlessly with questions. Still, Ariane manages to preserve a certain margin of mental and physical freedom. Simon has pain and pleasure and he is quite aware that even in moments of physical closeness, even when he thinks he finally possesses her, she escapes him once again. Of course, the fact that he knows about Ariane’s preference for women, that she leads a double life, only aggravates his pain, his helplessness and probably intensifies his desire for her. He goes so far as to try to break into her world, a world of girls and songs. But it’s not only because of Ariane’s attraction to women and the difference in sexes that make his demands impossible: demands of total merging, of osmosis, of the obsessional desire to completely penetrate the other’s subjectivity. There is also the fact that the other is another, irreductibly so. The other is a stranger and Ariane remains impenetrable. This is the story of two lovers. A tragedy.

Director

Chantal Akerman

Born in Brussels in 1950. Directed her first short film in 1968, film in which she was the only actor and which already looked forward to the director’s unusual vision of our daily environment, with its blend of black humor, fantasy and insolence. Directed her first feature in New York in 1972, but it was with « Jeanne Dielman » that critics and audiences discovered her work. In her most recent work she has alternated documentaries and autobiographical fiction: « Sud » (documentary, 1999), « La Captive » (fiction, 2000), « De l’autre côté » (documentary, 2002), « Demain on déménage » (fiction, 2004) et « Là-bas » (documentary, 2006).

Aurore Clément
Françoise Bertin
Liliane Rovère
Olivia Bonamy
Stanislas Merhar
Sylvie Testud

Screenplay
Chantal Akerman, Eric de Kuyper inspiré de “La Prisonnière” de Marcel Proust

Image
Sabine Lancelin

Sound
Thierry de Halleux

Editing
Claire Atherton

Set decoration
Christian Marti

Production :
Paulo Branco
Gemini Films
34 bd Sébastopol
75004 Paris, France
tél.: 33 (0)1 44 54 17 17
fax : 33 (0)1 44 54 96 66
gemini@easynet.fr

Arte France Cinéma
Paradise Films

Vente à l’étranger :
Gemini Films

Distribution :
Gemini Films

Presse :
Claude Davy
DDD Conseil
40 rue du Bac
75007 Paris, France
tél.: 33 (0)1 45 44 94 94
fax : 33 (0)1 45 44 04 30