52nd edition

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

Casting

  • Anne Parillaud
  • Ashley Wanninger
  • Grégoire Colin
  • Roxane Mesquida

Team

Screenplay
Catherine Breillat

Image
Laurent Machuel

Sound
Yves Osmu, Yves Levèque

Editing
Pascale Chavance

Set decoration
Frédérique Belveaux

Production

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