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THE SCREEN ILLUSION

France, 2011 (MIFF 2011, Prime Time)

Director: Mathieu Amalric

THE SCREEN ILLUSION

A startlingly modern take on the classic 17th century French play L'illusion Comique by ascendant French director Mathieu Amalric.

A rollicking and tightly woven tale of romantic miscommunication, betrayal and familial intrigue, The Screen Illusion follows hotel concierge and private detective Alacandre, in modern-day Paris, as he attempts to help a man find his missing son.

The third in a series of unique, rule-bound commissions by French cultural institution La Com├ędie Française, The Screen Illusion was filmed in 12 days, using only actors who had played their roles on stage, and without varying from the dialogue as originally written; that is, 17th-century alexandrine couplets. The result is novel, cohesive, visually lush and utterly contemporary - a tribute to the creative vision of the always compelling actor-director Mathieu Amalric, and the abilities of his exceptional cast. A quiet marvel of theatrical filmmaking.

D Mathieu Amalric P Les Films de Pierre, Maïa Cinema S Pierre Corneille WS Le Pacte L French w/English subtitles TD HD Cam/2011

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