Burning Bright: New French Filmmakers 2020
- Wonders in the Suburbs
- Merveilles à Montfermeil
- Jeanne Balibar
- August 21, 2020 through August 27, 2020
“Jeanne Balibar invented a beautifully absurd comedy, served by a cohort of talented actors, from Mathieu Amalric to Marlène Saldana.”Thomas Sotinel, Le Monde
As the new mayor of Montfermeil, an underprivileged municipality on the outskirts of Paris, Emmanuelle Joly (Emmanuelle Béart) has great expectations. However, two of her staffers, Joëlle (Jeanne Balibar, the film’s director) and Kamel (Ramzy Bedia), have just culminated their long separation with a finalized divorce. As the mayor starts implementing her quirky campaign promises — naps for all, rooftop farms, sexual assistance in the home, harmonization of breathing — political rivals start sabotaging her enthusiastic plans, while Joëlle and Kamel’s bickering further disrupts the administration and threatens this year’s Brioche Day. A strikingly eccentric and, in these cynical times, refreshingly utopian political satire, Wonders in the Suburbs is longtime actress and singer Jeanne Balibar’s first solo feature as a director. It premiered at the Locarno Film Festival in 2019.
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“Decidedly original in tone … An unlikely mix of romantic comedy and musical, boasting an impressive cast.”Giorgia Del Don, Cineuropa