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51st Directors’ Fortnight May 15-25, 2019

La Traversée

Fortnight 2001, Feature film, 1h25

Synopsis

When I was born, my father had already returned to the United States. For reasons I never discovered, my mother didn’t want to tell him about me. She finally decided to do so years later, but there was no longer anyone at the address she had and her letter came back. She didn’t tell me about this letter; I came across it by accident, hidden in a drawer. My mother never speaks of my father, and when she does, it’s so reluctantly that I haven’t the heart or the insensitivity to ask too many questions. All I know about him is his name, date of birth, height and profession at the time: soldier. When I told all this to Sébastien, he suggested we both set off to find my father and even to make a film out of it. (Stéphane Bouquet)

Director

Sébastien Lifshitz

Sébastien Lifshitz studied art and worked in the contemporary art world from 1990. He turned to filmmaking in 1994, making several fiction films and documentaries, garnering awards in many festivals. In 2012, his documentary Les Invisibles was in the in the main Selection at Cannes and won the César for Best Documentary the following year. After Les Corps Ouverts in 1998 and The Crossing in 2001, he is back at the Directors’ Fortnight for the third time with Les Vies de Thérèse.

Stéphane Bouquet

Screenplay
Sébastien Lifshitz, Stéphane Bouquet

Image
Pascal Poucet

Sound
Yolande Decarsin

Editing
Stéphanie Mahet

Production :
Christian Tison
Lancelot Films
12 rue Calmels
75018 Paris, France
tél. : 33 (0)1 53 41 89 59
fax : 33 (0)1 53 41 89 58
lancelot@free.fr 

Vente à l’’étranger :
Films Distribution
6 rue de l’Ecole de Médecine
75006 Paris, France
tél. : 33 (0)1 53 10 33 99
fax : 33 (0)1 53 10 33 98
info@filmsdistribution.com 

Distribution :
Advitam
6 rue de l’Ecole de Médecine
75006 Paris, France
tél. : 33 (0)1 46 34 75 74
fax : 33 (0)1 46 34 75 09
advitam@cineinde.com 

Presse :
André-Paul Ricci
tél. : 33 (0)1 49 53 04 20
fax : 33 (0)1 43 59 05 48
apricci@club-internet.fr

Title in Original Version : The Crossing