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You Will Be My Son

Tu Seras mon fils

France | 2012 | 102 minutes | Gilles Legrand

Instead of grooming his son to inherit his lucrative wine-growing business, an imperious vintner (Niels Arestrup) looks to a talented California-based grower, rendering a harvest of jealousy and worse with Shakespearean undertones.

June 5, 2013
SIFF Cinema Uptown Festival  
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June 7, 2013
Kirkland Performance Center  
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Blood may be thicker than water, but in Gilles Legrand's gripping drama You Will Be My Son, fine red wine may be thickest of all. Paul de Marseul (Niels Arestrup) is the owner of a prestigious vineyard in Saint-Émilion, near France's rich Bordeaux region. His son, Martin (Lorànt Deutsch), works closely with him on the family estate; but Paul, a demanding and passionate winegrower, has serious doubts that his son has the persistence, talent, and creativity to succeed him in the family business. Paul reminds Martin of his opinions via constant subtle jabs and put-downs, although nothing is explicitly stated. However, when Philippe (Nicolas Bridet), the well-educated son of Paul's steward, arrives at the vineyard, the plot is set in motion as Paul immediately ignores Martin and transfers his attention to the new protégé. In Philippe, Paul sees the ideal son he feels he never had and makes it clear who he would prefer to continue his legacy. Thus begins a tense chess game between the two parents and two sons, while the women in their lives look on helplessly, until an unexpected event changes the families forever. You Will Be My Son is a full-bodied drama, ripe with Shakespearian undertones of familial intrigue and finishing with strong notes of jealousy, with a hint of betrayal.

Director Biography
Gilles Legrand began his career working as assistant director before moving into directing television during the 1980s. After founding his own production company, Films Epithète, he helped finance such hit films as Ridicule (1996), Grey Souls (2005), and Micmacs (2009). Now working behind the lens again, he has directed Malbar Princess (2004) and The Maiden and the Wolves (2008). You Will Be My Son is Legrand’s third feature.

Sponsored in part by French-American Chamber of Commerce, Hotel Andra

Director: Gilles Legrand
Principal Cast: Niels Arestrup, Lorant Deutsch, Patrick Chesnais, Nicolas Bridet
Country: France
Year: 2012
Running Time: 102 minutes
Producer: Frederic Brillion, Gilles Legrand
Screenplay: Gilles Legrand, Delphine de Vigan
Cinematographers: Yves Angelo
Editors: Andrea Sedlackova
Music: Armand Amar
Website: http://www.universalpictures-film.fr/film/tu-seras-mon-fils
Filmography: The Maiden and the Wolves (2008); Malabar Princess (2004)
Language: French
HasSubTitles: Yes
Format: DCP
US Distributor: Cohen Media Group
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