On Wednesday 21 th of March at Westgarth Cinema, you will see a special screening of:
Screening, followed by a Q&A with Dr Andrew McGregor from the University of Melbourne
About The Q&A..
“De-radicalisation in France : A work(shop) in progress”
Laurent Cantet has a strong track record of social engagement in his filmmaking. In this Q&A, we will discuss the evolution of Cantet’s vision of French society since his 2008 Palme d’Or winner Entre les murs (The Class), and the theme of (de-)radicalisation in post-2015 France.
2017 / Drama
Running time : 1h53
Director : Laurent Cantet
Starring : Marina Foïs, Matthieu Lucci, Warda Rammach, Issam Talbi
Laurent Cantet, director of 2008 Palme d’Or-winning docu-drama The Class, makes an enthralling return to form with The Workshop; a topical fusion of political debate and social-conscious thriller, hot off its Un Certain Regard Premiere at Cannes Film Festival.
It is summer in La Ciotat in the South of France. Antoine (played by newcomer Matthieu Lucci) is taking part in a creative writing workshop run by novelist Olivia (Marina Foïs, Happy Few, AF FFF2011; Papa ou Maman, AF FFF2016).
Smart and loaded with teen angst, Antoine’s fascist sympathies lurk just beneath the surface and create friction within the group. However, Olivia is both alarmed and captivated by Antoine's hostility and, as the workshop and its pupils gradually slip out of her control, her interest goes beyond mere intrigue into a fascination that is both intellectual and, at times, seductive.
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