The struggles of a staid publisher and a rumpled novelist to adapt to the new digital media world, and the impermanence thereof, is complicated (because this is a French comedy) by adultery.
"[Assayas] demands that his audience pay attention to the footwork, to the foundations generating the words."—Variety
KIRKLAND OPENING NIGHT
To kick off Kirkland screenings, we start with a reception preceding the film at 6:30 PM on Thursday, May 30!
FILM: Kirkland Performance Center
PARTY: Kirkland Performance Center (21+)
Film + Party:
Includes admission to the film, entry to the pre-film reception, and two drink tickets.
- Non-Members: $25
- Members: $23
"If we want things to stay as they are, things will have to change." This line from "The Leopard" by Giuseppe di Lampedusa (it's also in Visconti's masterpiece) is the subject of debate by the characters in Non-Fiction, but it's also at the heart of the film itself. The film is set in the Parisian publishing world, and the change referred to is largely technological—namely, the impact of the digital age on literature as an art. On the side of change is Alain (Guillaume Canet), a renowned editor cautiously trying to lead his publishing house into the 21st century. Firmly on the side of staying the same is Leonard (Vincent Macaigne), a technophobe writer whose latest novel Alain is about to reject. Change is not only affecting these characters' professional lives, but their personal lives as well. Leading the "digital transition" at the publishing house is Laure, the ambitious new hire with whom Alain is having an affair. Meanwhile, Alain's wife Selena (a marvelous Juliette Binoche) has been involved with Leonard for years. All of which makes for a deliciously smart and sexy comedy, one that manages to engage with both the particular issues of our time as well as the enduring ambivalence about change that seems to be an inescapable part of the human condition.
French-born director Olivier Assayas studied art and literature before gaining significant exposure to cinema as a critic for "Cahiers du cinéma." His early work was attuned to France's '80s underground music scene, with his 1986 feature-length debut Disorder winning an award at the Venice Film Festival. Since then Assayas' films have received critical acclaim at numerous festivals, stylized as everything from neo-noir to family dramas and historical biopics.
Sponsored by Alliance Française de Seattle, French American School of Puget Sound, Kirkland Tourism Development
- Original Language Title: Doubles vies
- Director: Olivier Assayas
- Principal Cast: Guillaume Canet, Juliette Binoche, Vincent Macaigne, Nora Hamzawi, Christa Theret
- Country: France
- Year: 2018
- Running Time: 106 minutes
- Producer: Charles Gillibert
- Screenplay: Olivier Assayas
- Cinematographers: Yorick Le Saux
- Editors: Simon Jacquet
- Website: Official Film Website
- Filmography: Personal Shopper (2016); Cloud of Sils Maria (2014); Something in the Air (2012); Carlos (2010); Summer Hours (2008); Boarding Gate (2007); Clean (2004); Demonlover (2002); Irma Vep (1996)
- Language: French
- Has Subtitles: Yes
- Format: DCP
- US Distributor: Sundance Selects
- International Sales: Playtime