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Playground Unclassified 18+

Director: Laura Wandel
Origin: Belgium (2021)
Language: French with English subtitles
Genre: Coming of Age , Drama

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A gripping child’s-eye view of the cycles of bullying and how the schoolyard mirrors the ‘playground’ of adult life.

It’s the first day of school and anxious seven-year-old Nora is sticking close to her older brother, Abel. When she witnesses Abel being harassed by some older students, she attempts to step in – but he refuses, swearing her to secrecy. To protect him, Nora sets out to learn the unwritten rules of the kids’ social hierarchy, which puts the siblings’ bond under extreme pressure. In the volatile jungle of the schoolyard, only the cruel can survive.

Laura Wandel’s debut feature is a powerful yet empathetic rites-of-passage drama depicting the desperation that plagues children bereft of meaningful support from adults. Drawing on the vérité style of Jacques Audiard and the Dardenne brothers, Wandel and cinematographer Frédéric Noirhomme shoot predominantly at Nora’s eye level in tight close-ups, creating an immersive microcosm of the ‘real’ world’s power dynamics. Winner of the 2021 Cannes Un Certain Regard FIPRESCI Prize and awards from the Göteborg, Haifa, London and Sarajevo film festivals, Playground is a coming-of-age story unlike any other.

“Stunning … In a perfect hour and 12 minutes, Playground tells the sweeping, intimate story of a child’s coming into consciousness.” – New York Times


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Please note: The Saturday 20 August session will screen with Open Captions. Click here to find out more about Access at MIFF 70.

Tickets

Tue 09 Aug 7:00 pm [26271]
Playground (72 mins)
IMAX Melbourne
Assisted ListeningWheelchair AccessSubtitles
Past event
Tue 16 Aug 6:30 pm [12641]
Playground (72 mins)
The Capitol
Assisted ListeningWheelchair AccessSubtitles
Sat 20 Aug 6:45 pm [13851]
Playground (72 mins)
ACMI 1
Assisted ListeningWheelchair AccessSubtitlesOpen Caption icon

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Key Cast
Günter Duret, Karim Leklou, Laura Verlinden, Maya Vanderbeque
Director
Laura Wandel
Producer
Stéphane Lhoest
Screenwriter
Laura Wandel
Cinematographer
Frédéric Noirhomme
Editor
Nicolas Rumpl
Costume Designer
Vanessa Evrard
Production Designer
Philippe Bertin
Premiere Status
Australian Premiere
Company Credit
Distributor: Palace Films

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