As Hollywood and moviegoers prepare for the Cannes Film Festival this year, day two already has its opener. ‘Party Girl,’ the French film that already has quite a following in the industry, has been chosen to begin the Un Certain Regard Sidebar on May 15.
Among the jury for that category is Pablo Trapero, the popular French film was written and co-directed by Marie Amachoukeli, Claire Burger and Samuel Theis. They are no strangers to Cannes themselves, having won the Cinefondation sidebar’s second prize in 2008 for Forbach, the Grand Prix at the 2009 Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival, C’est gratuit pour les filles (Semaine de la Critique 2009 – César Award for Best Short Film in 2010.
This year they will promote ‘Party Girl,’the film focuses on the life and trials of an aging nightclub hostess named Angelique. In the film the hostess accepts the marriage proposal of a regular client of the club, a decision chosen from the pressure of getting older and her career plateauing. The short film represents the dark and hyper-realistic setting of modern day France, without the romanticism and charm that many film’s give the fair city.
Not just a fabricated story, the film is based on the title character, who is played by the actual Angelique that the film centers around. Producing this film is Elzevir Films with distribution from Pyramide Films. Other films and details for the Un Certain Regard will be revealed on April 17.