Paris 05:59 Theo & Hugo
First show: January 27
“This nuanced character study begins with graphic sex at a gay club — one of the most electric sex scenes in LGBTQ cinematic history — before beautifully pivoting into a compelling story about two Frenchmen who have fallen in love at first sight. The budding relationship (presented in real time over 90 minutes) veers effortlessly from turbulence to tenderness.” – San Francisco Chronicle
Théo and Hugo encounter each other’s bodies in a sex club. They talk, things blur into the haziness of unbridled desire, then take shape for a moment as their gaze meets before they resume their exploration and lose themselves anew. A few moments later the two men feel the need to go outside. Together they drift down the deserted streets of nocturnal Paris.
Suddenly they find themselves confronted by a sense of reality that wipes out their freedom and aimlessness and lends each step an existential helplessness. Do they want to know more about each other? Will their trust be rewarded? What are their expectations? Olivier Ducastel and Jacques Martineau display consummate sensitivity in bringing us closer to two men as they strive for intimacy in spite of being stalled by their insecurity. Their two leading actors delight us with their remarkably intuitive performances and their incredible charm.
French with English subtitles. Directed by Jacques Martineau & Olivier Ducastel. Starring Geoffrey Couët & François Nambot. 2016. 97 minutes.
Winner: Teddy Audience Award, Berlin Film Festival
Winner: Silver Q-Hugo Award, Chicago International Film Festival
ABOUT THE DIRECTORS
Olivier Ducastel (left) was born in Lyon, France in 1962, he studied film and theatre at the University of Paris III. He was made head of the directing department at La Fémis in 2013.
Jacques Martineau (right) was born in Montpellier, France in 1963, he studied literature and, in 1994, completed a PhD on Honoré de Balzac. He has been collaborating with Olivier Ducastel since 1995 and they won a Teddy Award in 2000 for DROLE DE FELIX (FUNNY FELIX). Most recently, their film L’ARBRE ET LA FORÊT (FAMILY TREE) screened in the Berlinale Panorama in 2010.
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