2014: 11th edition

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by Mario Fanfani
First Featureworld premiere
France, 2014, 100', color, DCP

screenplay Mario Fanfani, Gaëlle Mancé
cinematography George Lechaptois
editing François Quiqueré
music Rodolphe Burger
sound Laurent Poirier, Sandy Notarianni, Ivan Gariel
art direction Florian Sanson
costumes Anaïs Romand
cast Guillaume De Tonquédec (Michel Aubertin/Mylène)
Jeanne Balibar (Hélène Aubertin)
Nicolas Bouchaud (Jean Marie Straub/Flavia)
Mathieu Spinosi (Pascal Quéméner)
Serge Bagdassarian (Fée Clochette)
Jean Benoit Mollet (Callipyge)
Clément Sibony (Suzy Corridor)
Zazie De Paris (Hermine)

producer Lola Gans
production 24 mai Production
coproduction France 3 Cinema

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Michel and Hélèn Aubertin form a perfect couple. Michel is an ambitious notary and Hélèn splits her time between charity work and raising their son. There is nothing unusual about them apart from the fact that Michel has a dark secret: every weekend, he goes to Les Épicéas, his house in the Vosges forest, and turns into Mylène.
"It felt impossible for me to tell a story about France in 1959, without talking about the war in Algeria. This war had no name, and stirred up memories of so much suffering experienced during the two first World Wars. [...] For Michel, being a transvestite is a kind of relief, a subconscious response to the Second World War trauma he had experienced with his friend Jean-Marie. This trauma makes him even blinder to important political movements arising in front of his eyes." [Mario Fanfani]

All is not always what it seems and appearances can be deceiving, especially in provincial France in the late Fifties. That's probably how you could best summarize Summer Nights. With a nod to Claude Chabrol, Mario Fanfani's first feature film is the story of a respectable married couple, except for the fact that Michel, a conventional-looking solicitor, loves cross-dressing in his spare-time with his friend Jean-Marie, also known as Flavia. Summer Nights addresses the question of masculinity and the demands made on that particular generation of men who served during the Second World War and then, 15 years later, had to face another: the emotionally-fraught Franco-Algerian war. [Agnès C. Poirier]

After a short career as an actor, MARIO FANFANI chose to become a director. His first short films, a trilogy entitled Un dimanche matin à Marseille (1999), co-produced by Charles Berling and the association Aides-Provence, revealed his vocation for militancy, lending support to a public awareness campaign of solidarity with persons affected by AIDS. Next, ARTE gave Fanfani the opportunity to direct his first full-length movie for television in 2005, Une saison sibeliusSummer Nights is his feature directorial debut on the big screen.

2014 Les nuits d'été
2005 Une saison sibelius (tv movie)
1999 Un dimanche matin à Marseille (short film trilogy)


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