The Ideal Palace | L’Incroyable histoire du facteur Cheval (N/C 15+)

Based on the remarkable true story of Joseph Ferdinand Cheval, filmmaker Nils Tavernier delivers this stunning and engrossing account of love and dedication. Set in the south of France in 1879, Cheval (Jacques Gamblin) is a humble postman. He leads an unassuming life, seemingly revelling in the solitude of his 20-mile delivery routes and daydreaming about the world of wonders that he only sees through the postcards and magazines he delivers. He meets and falls in love with the breath-taking Philomène (Laetitia Casta), and the arrival of their baby daughter, Alice, causes him to look at things in a different way. He sets about building a castle for Alice – one fit for a princess – that will consume the next 30-plus years of his life. This castle eventually became recognised as an enduring and important French historical monument and the first cultural landmark of naïve art. Situated in the Drôme department, it welcomes visitors all year round.

Cast Jacques Gamblin, Laetitia Casta, Bernard Le Coq, Florence Thomassin

Dir Nils Tavernier | 2019 | France | 104 mins | Int sales SND M6 / The Festival Agency

“Affectionate, but quite often surprisingly gritty … likeable and moving. ” – Stuff


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Gloucester Guildhall                                  Tue 12 Nov 19:30 

Hawick Heart of Hawick                            Thu 21 Nov 19:00 

Leicester Phoenix                                      Sat 30 Nov (check website for times)

Cambridge Picturehouse                         Sun 8 Dec 18:00




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