Director Justine Malle scheduled to attend | May 17 & May 19
From the daughter of legendary French auteur Louis Malle, this debut weaves an autobiographical account of her father succumbing to a fatal disease just as she is finding love at the age of 20.
|May 17, 2013||6:30 PM||SIFF Cinema Uptown||Date has passed|
|May 19, 2013||12:00 PM||SIFF Cinema Uptown||Date has passed|
Justine Malle's semi-autobiographical debut feature is a tribute to the French New Wave and to her father Louis, who died in 1995 when she was 20. A very French film, it is pro-intellectual, pro-movies, pro-love, and pro-youth, with a fondness for shooting on the Paris streets. The protagonist is Juliette, a 20-year-old college student struggling with her philosophy classes, her first love, and her virginity. As she stumbles on her way to adulthood, her father is succumbing to a fatal degenerative disease. At one point she leaves Paris to visit her dad. She turns on the TV and we see her start to cry as the movie's narrator intones, "Once again memory fills the foreground. Once again, I'm incapable of living in the present, of feeling it, of touching it..." In one sense this is exactly what she's feeling, unable to fully connect with her father and wanting to go back to how she remembers him. It's even more powerful when you know that the narrator is Louis Malle himself and the movie is Phantom India, a documentary he made for French television. Then she's back to Paris, returning to her boy troubles and concerns of her emerging womanhood as her father slips away. Though there may be a death at the center of it, Youth is ultimately about finding something to live for.
Justine Malle is a French filmmaker, actress, and daughter of the famous film director Louis Malle. She started her career as an actress in The Son of Gascogne in 1995 before directing and producing her first feature Youth which played at the 2012 Rome International Film Festival and in 2013 at the San Francisco International Film Festival before being selected at SIFF.
Sponsored in part byFrench American Cultural Society, The French American School of Puget Sound, French Embassy in the United States, French Immersion School of Washington, Alliance Francaise de Seattle, TV5 Monde, Seattle - Nantes Sister City Association, FrancePress LLC
|Principal Cast:||Esther Garrel, Didier Bezace, Emile Bertherat, Lucia Sanchez|
|Running Time:||75 minutes|
|Producer:||Justine Malle, Rémi Pradinas|
|Screenplay:||Justine Malle, Cécile Vargaftig|
|Filmography:||Debut Feature Film|