Director Ursula Meier
Screenplay Antoine Jaccoud, Ursula Meier
Starring Fanny Ardant, Kacey Mottet Klein, Jean-Philippe Écoffey, Stéphanie Blanchoud
Length 70 min
US Release US Premiere
Saturday, April 28 – 11:15 AM to 12:35PM
Bow Tie Cinemas, Greenwich, CT
A few minutes before killing his father and mother in cold blood, Benjamin Feller–a young 18-year-old who apparently had no prior history–mails his intimate diary, in which he explains and confesses his act, to his French teacher. The teacher finds herself being questioned by the authorities and is soon filled with doubt. What if her taste for literature that is obsessed with the sufferings of the human soul had blinded her to her student’s distress and to what was hidden in the feverish prose he had shown her well before his crime?
FOCUS ON Ursula Meier and Kacey Mottet Klein – Director and main actor
Ursula Meier reunites here with the prodigiously talented young actor Kacey Mottet Klein. The director, who was educated in Belgium, discovered Klein when she was looking for an actor to play the son of Isabelle Huppert’s character in her Cannes-selected film, Home. He went on to play the brother of Lea Seydoux in Meier’s Sister, though he is probably most famous internationally for the lead role in Andre Techine’s well-received Being 17, which premiered in Berlin two years ago. Meier wrote the screenplay with her regular co-writer Antoine Jaccoud, together with editor Nelly Quettier— who also cuts Leos Carax’s narratively complex films—they create a dense storytelling web from the get-go.
Swiss filmmaker Ursula Meier is set to preside over the Caméra d’Or jury at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2018.
Ursula Meier returns in short, sharp form with this needling, fact-based moral puzzler, brilliantly performed by Fanny Ardant and Kacey Mottet Klein.