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Low Life

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Section 49 edición - Sección Oficial Largometrajes
Country Francia
Year 2011
Format DCP
Color / B&W Color
Running time 120 min
Original language Francés
Director Nicolas Klotz, Elisabeth Perceval
Screenplay Elisabeth Perceval
Film Editing Rose-Marie Lausson
Photography Hélène Louvart
Music Ulysse Klotz, Romain Turzi
Art direction Antoine Platteau
Costume Caroline Tavernier
Production Alain Guesnier, Antonie Beau, Gilles Sandoz
Cast Arash Naimian (Hussein), Camille Rutherford (Carmen), Luc Chessel (Charles), Michaël Evans (Djamel), Maud Wyler (Julie)
Producer Agora Films
Distribution Company Les Films du Losange
Synopsis It is nightfall in Paris, and a group of youngsters takes the streets. Lyrical revolutionaries, committed to the reality surrounding them and who somehow take in the idealist and aggressive spirit of the revolution of 1968. Among this group is Carmen, whom love has put at the crossroads between two worlds. On the one hand, the old and recurrent relationship with Charles, brilliant young man, cynical and impulsive, who lives as a bohemian but is supported by his hated well-to-do father. On the other, Hussain, an Afghan poet and illegal immigrant, of enchanting composure, who lives in an occupied house with other peopole in a similar situation. When Carmen makes her choice, things become increasingly serious for her, in a commitment whose clandestine nature does not take from its beauty and truth. Because life changes from a happy anti-establishment turmoil to permanent risk.
Director bio Nicolas Klotz began his film career directing musical documentaries such as Chants de sable et des etoiles (1996) and the feature films La nuit Bengali (1988) and La nuit sacree (1993). Together with screenwriter Elisabeth Perceval, they started the production company Petits et Grands Oiseaux in 2004.They have co-directed the Trilogie des Temps Modernes, which began in 2000 with Paria (Special Jury Award at San Sebastián), and continued with La Blessure (2004) and La Question Humaine (2007), both selected for the Directors' Fortnight at Cannes. This last film received two awards at Gijón in 2007: best actor (Mathieu Amalric) and the Gil Parrondo award to the best art direction (Antoine Platteau). Klotz and Perceval are currently developing two fantasy films set during the French Revolution: Ceremony and Les Talons rouges.