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France | 2016 | 130 minutes | Bertrand Bonello

A group of young, multiracial radicals with no stated ideology stage a series of terrorist attacks in Paris, then hide out for the night in a shopping center in this transgressive exploration of radical violence from Bertrand Bonello (Saint Laurent).

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In this provocative and ambiguous terrorist thriller by French auteur Bertrand Bonello, a group of seemingly random strangers-mostly young, beautiful, and content on the outside-gather on the Paris Metro. As they settle into their seats, they subtly glance at each other but do not make deliberate contact. From the train, they each disperse across the City of Light, picking up mysterious objects and depositing unmarked packages at various locations. The tone is casual, but the meticulousness of each of character's actions give the first half of the film a palpable sense of dread: These are people with malevolent intent, despite their pleasant countenances. In the second half, after something terrible has happened, the same group of people-except for one-arrive at various times at a luxurious Paris department store (the now-defunct Le Samaritaine) that same evening. Each one finds a hiding place until the store closes, leading to a shocking conclusion. In a story sadly imbued with heightened impact in the wake of actual coordinated terrorist attacks in Paris in February and November 2015 (both of which took place after filming had wrapped), Bonello's Nocturama is less concerned with politics and motivation for terrorism than with the mechanics and style of rebellion. This challenging and controversial film about the intertwining of art, consumerism, and radical protest is sure to spark many post-screening conversations.

Director Biography

Aside from filmmaking, Bertrand Bonello is known internationally as a classical composer. His films have won or been nominated for numerous awards around the festival circuit at fests such as the Toronto, San Sebastian, and Cannes International Film Festivals.

Sponsored by Alliance Francaise de Seattle, French American Cultural Society, French Immersion School of Washington, The French American School of Puget Sound

  • Director: Bertrand Bonello
  • Principal Cast: Finnegan Oldfield, Vincent Rottiers, Hamza Meziani, Manal Issa, Martin Guyot, Jamil Mc Craven, Rabah Nait Oufella, Adèle Haenel
  • Premiere Status: Seattle
  • Country: France, Belgium, Germany
  • Year: 2016
  • Running Time: 130 minutes
  • Producer: Edouard Weil, Alice Girard
  • Screenplay: Bertrand Bonello
  • Cinematographers: Léo Hinstin
  • Editors: Fabrice Rouaud
  • Music: Bertrand Bonello
  • Awards: San Sebastian Film Festival 2016 (SIGNIS Award)
  • Filmography: Saint Laurent (2014); House of Tolerance (2011)
  • Language: French
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • US Distributor: Grasshopper Film
  • International Sales: Wild Bunch