Pariisi, 13. kaupunginosa (2022) – Helsinki International Film Festival - Love & Anarchy
For the attractive, restless, easily distracted millennials drifting through Paris, 13th District, space is tight, money is tighter and decent work is tough to come by. Still, this loose-limbed romantic roundelay – gorgeously filmed in black and white by the French director Jacques Audiard – glows with a spirit of playful, limitless possibility.
Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times
Having earned Baftas for the neo-noir The Beat That My Heart Skipped (2005) and the bone-shaking A Prophet (2010) and won the Palme d’Or with the gripping Tamil-refugee drama Dheepan (2015), Audiard is in altogether more incidental spirits for this bittersweet affair, which flirts with the modern romcom genre while cheekily flipping the themes of Eric Rohmer’s My Night with Maud.
(…) Audiard describes the stories of American graphic novelist Adrian Tomine from which he drew inspiration as being “filled with whimsy and melancholy”. The same is true of the film, for which Audiard called upon Céline Sciamma, creator of such flawless gems as Girlhood and Petite Maman, and Léa Mysius, who made 2017’s Ava, to collaborate on the screenplay.
Mark Kermode, The Observer
Theme: French Touch Selection
Director: Jacques Audiard
Screenplay: Céline Sciamma, Jacques Audiard
Starring: Lucie Zhang, Makita Samba, Noémie Merlant
Production: Jacques Audiard, Valérie Schermann / Page 114, France 2 Cinéma
Duration: 105 min
Age limit: K16
Orig. title: Les Olympiades, Paris 13e
Distribution: Scanbox Entertainment
Cinematography: Paul Guilhaume
Editing: Juliette Welfling
Production design: Mila Preli
Costume design: Virginie Montel
Make-up: Julia Floch-Carbonel