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51th Directors’ Fortnight May 15-25, 2019

Whiplash

Fortnight 2014, Feature film, 1h45

Synopsis

Andrew, a promising 19-year-old drummer at a cutthroat Manhattan music conservatory, has little interest in being just a musician. Haunted by his father’s failed writing career and plagued with the fear that mediocrity just might be genetic, Andrew dreams of greatness. Determined not to follow in his father’s footsteps, he practices daily until his hands literally bleed. The pressure of success ratchets into high gear when he is picked to join the school band led by the infamous Terence Fletcher, a brutally savage music instructor who will stop at nothing to realize a student’s potential. Under Fletcher’s ruthless direction, Andrew begins to pursue perfection at any cost—even his humanity.

Director

Damien Chazelle

Damien Chazelle directed his first feature, Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench, while an undergraduate at Harvard University. It was named one of 2009’s best films by the New York Times, the Village Voice, Film Comment, and several other publications. Chazelle’s script The Claim and Whiplash were included in the 2010 and 2012 Black Lists, and his short film, Whiplash, won a Short Film Jury Award at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.

Austin Stowell
J.k. Simmons
Jayson Blair
Melissa Benoist
Milles Teller
Paul Reiser

Screenplay
Damien Chazelle

Image
Sharone Meir

Sound
Thomas Curley

Editing
Tom Cross

Set decoration
Melanie Paizis-Jones

Production :
Bold Films
6464 Sunset Boulevard,
Suite 800
CA 90028 Los Angeles – États-Unis
Tél : 1 323 769 8900
david@boldfilms.com
www.boldfilms.com

Coproduction :
Blumhouse Productions (États-Unis)
Right of Way Films (États-Unis)

Ventes / Foreign sales :
Sierra/Affinity
Tél : +1 424 253 1060 / +1 424.653.1977
info@sierra-affinity.com

Distribution :
Ad Vitam
Tél : +33 1 46 34 75 74
contact@advitamdistribution.com
www.advitamdistribution.com

Presse / publicist :
Bossa Nova
Michel Burstein
Tél : +33 1 43 26 26 26
Cell : +33 6 07 55 58 88
bossanovapr@free.fr

International press :
PR Works
Alyson Dewar
Tél : +1 323 936 8394
Alyson@prworksinternational.com

Title in Original Version : Whiplash

Press release

Whiplash triumphs in Park City / Screen Daily
Qui est Miles Teller ? / Ecran noir
Le jazz est un sport de combat / Le Figaro
Damien Chazelle nous parlent de l’intriguant “Whiplash” / AlloCine
L’exaltant “Whiplash” devient la coqueluche des festivaliers / Metro
Ca méritait bien l’une des plus belles ovations du festival / Le Nouvel Observateur
Staande ovatie Cannes voor Sundance-winnaar Whiplash / ed.nl
Le “Full Metal Jacket” du jazz / AlloCine
Full Metal Baguette / Technikart
(Whiplash) demolishes the cliches of the musical-prodigy genre / Variety