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51st Directors’ Fortnight May 15-25, 2019

Sex is Comedy

Fortnight 2002, Feature film, 1h32

Synopsis

A filmmaker, played by Anne Parillaud, directs two actors out of whom she is determined to get the most for a very difficult sex scene… « First of all, I wanted to make a film about that mysterious process called filmmaking and what we (wrongly) call directing a film or its actors. You don’t direct a film: you make it. I wanted to make this film because of the proliferation of making-of documentaries which would have us believe that they are revealing the mystery of a shoot—all they show us is the futility of a film, the surface appearances of its making. The heart of it remains a secret. Like the heart of a volcano. It’s the moment of the Ordeal, where everyone is afraid – actor or director — and that’s when a film shoot becomes inviolably in camera. This in camera aspect is the theme of Sex is Comedy. But in addition to the impossible director/actor tandem, it’s also about human relations, about masculine and feminine, about the subtleties of the director / directee relationship: in a way it’s about the power of the weakest. And the emotional confusions that circulate on the set of a movie like free electrons. » Catherine Breillat

Director

Catherine Breillat

Catherine Breillat was born in 1948 and moved to Paris when she was 17. She got her professional start as a writer with a novel which she herself described as libertine, L’Homme facile, published in May 1968. She has written nine other books since. In 1975, she directed her first film, Une vraie jeune fille, than collaborated the following year on David Hamilton’s Bilitis. Her films deal with desire and female sexuality and attack repressive morality and male education.

Anne Parillaud
Ashley Wanninger
Grégoire Colin
Roxane Mesquida

Screenplay
Catherine Breillat

Image
Laurent Machuel

Sound
Yves Osmu, Yves Levèque

Editing
Pascale Chavance

Set decoration
Frédérique Belveaux

Production :
Jean-François Lepetit
Flach Film
12 rue Lincoln
75008 Paris, France
tél. : 33 (0)1 56 69 38 38
fax : 33 (0)1 56 69 38 41
flachfilm@flachfilm.com
www.flachfilm.com 

CB Films (France)
Arte France Cinéma (France) 

Ventes à l’étranger :
Flach Pyramide International
5 rue du Chevalier de Saint-Georges
75008 Paris, France
tél. : 33 (0)1 42 96 02 20
fax : 33 (0)1 40 20 05 51
elagesse@flach-pyramide.com 

Distribution :
Rezo Films
29 rue du Faubourg Poissonnière
75009 Paris, France
tél. : 33 (0)1 42 46 46 30
fax : 33 (0)1 42 46 40 82
infosrezo@rezofilms.com 

Presse française :
AS Communication
Alexandra Shamis, Blanche Aurore Duault
tél : 33 (0)1 47 23 00 02
fax : 33 (0)1 47 23 00 01
blancheaurore@ascommunication.fr
port. : 33 (0)6 17 62 14 41 / 33 (0)6 60 16 89 23

Presse internationale :
Alibi Communication
 Brigitta Portier
tél./fax : (0032) 2 688 33 30
port. : (00 32) 477 98 25 84
brigittaportier@hotmail.com