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See You Up There Q&A – Alliance Française French Film Festival
March 14, 2018 @ 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
The Alliance Française French Film Festival and The University of Melbourne invite you to a special screening of ‘See You Up There’ adapted from the prize-winning French novel.
Pierre Lemaître’s 2013 Prix Goncourt novel (The Great Swindle) depicts France in the aftermath of the First World War. Scams, revenge and deceit: this cruel tragedy examines who the war benefits. Professor Véronique Duché from The University of Melbourne will lead the discussion about turning this Prix Goncourt novel into a motion picture.
Where: Palace Cinema Como
When: Wednesday 14 March
7:00pm screening, followed by a Q&A
SEE YOU UP THERE | AU REVOIR LÀ-HAUT
FRANCE • HISTORIC, DRAMA • 117 MINS • 2017 • CTC
Directed by: ALBERT DUPONTEL
Starring: Albert Dupontel, Laurent Lafitte, Émilie Dequenne, Nahuel Pérez Biscayart
Albert Dupontel (In Harmony, AF FFF2016; The First, the Last, AF FFF2017) appears in, writes and directs this epic crime drama adapted from the best-selling, award-winning novel by France’s answer to James Ellroy, Pierre Lemaitre.
As star and narrator, Dupontel is Albert Maillard, a rank-and-file French infantryman battling to survive trench warfare as WWI comes to its conclusion. In a horrific final sortie, Maillard is almost buried alive by debris and his comrade Édouard Péricourt (Nahuel Pérez Biscayart, BPM in this year’s Festival) is horribly disfigured after being hit by mortar fire.
Péricourt becomes addicted to morphine during his convalescence and, living behind elaborate masks to hide his disfigurement, concocts a plan with Maillard to sell phony monuments to French towns honouring their dead; an undertaking that will prove as dangerous as it is stunning.
Also starring Laurent Lafitte (Boomerang, AF FFF2016) as the sadistic Captain Pradelle and Niels Arestrup as Péricourt’s estranged father, See You Up There is an awe-inspiringly lavish 1920s period thriller with a production budget to match. Fans of Lemaitre’s crime writing will not be disappointed.