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Turning Tide

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France | 2013 | 97 minutes | Christophe Offenstein

Yachtsman François Cluzet (The Intouchables) embarks on a solo voyage around the world, only to discover a stowaway. Edge-of-seat cinematography and high-stakes tension are on the horizon.

May 26, 2014
Lincoln Square Cinemas  
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May 31, 2014
SIFF Cinema Egyptian  
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June 2, 2014
SIFF Cinema Uptown Festival  
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The Vendée Globe, which begins and ends in western France, is the world’s only solo non-stop round-the-globe yacht race. The height of single-handed ocean racing, it is an honor to compete in this three-month endurance test, an honor bestowed unto Yann Kermadec (François Cluzet, The Intouchables, SIFF 2012’s The Art of Love) after the unfortunate injury of his friend and fellow sailor Franck (actor-director Guillaume Canet). After bidding farewell to his dear wife and daughter, Yann proudly takes his place at the helm and swiftly secures the lead position, until an unfortunate malfunction temporarily anchors him somewhere in the Canary Islands. With little time to spare, Yann fixes his faulty rudder and rejoins the race, only to find that he has picked up a stowaway, the Mauritian teenager Mano (Samy Seghir). Since the Vendée Globe’s rules state that competitors can receive no assistance, neither onboard nor off, Mano’s mere presence could disqualify Yann outright, a potential future not lost on the increasingly furious skipper. But as turning around would put Yann at the end of the pack, Yann must keep Mano’s presence a secret while soldiering onward against the devastating forces of nature. The debut feature of acclaimed French cinematographer Christophe Offenstein (SIFF 2007’s Tell No One), Turning Tide is a breathtaking adventure on the open seas, where edge-of-seat cinematography and high-stakes tension are on the horizon.

Director Biography

Christophe Offenstein is a seasoned French cinematographer, working on films such as Little White Lies (2010) and Blood Ties (2013). His work on Guillaume Canet’s Tell No One (2006) nominated him for Best Cinematography at the Cesar Awards. Turning Tide is his first directorial effort.

Sponsored by TV5MONDE, Alliance Française de Seattle, French American Cultural Society, French Immersion School of Washington, The French American School of Puget Sound, Bellevue Club

Director: Christophe Offenstein
Principal Cast: François Cluzet, Samy Seghir, Virginie Efira, Guillaume Canet, Karine Vanasse
Country: France, Belgium, Spain
Year: 2013
Running Time: 97 minutes
Producer: Jean Cottin, Sidonie Dumas, Laurent Taïeb
Screenplay: Jean Cottin, Pierre Marcel, Christophe Offenstein, Frédéric Petitjean
Cinematographers: Guillaume Schiffman
Editors: Véronique Lange
Music: Víctor Reyes
Filmography: Debut Feature Film
Language: French
HasSubTitles: Yes
International Sales: Gaumont
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