FROM 4 SEPTEMBER 2020
Ladj Ly and Charles de Meaux hit cinemas!
We think you’ll love these two titles in cinemas now. The highly topical award-winning Les Misérables is the directorial debut for Ladj Ly. Also on release, the Charles de Meaux sumptuous epic The Lady in the Portrait starring Fan Bingbing.
They’re both on release in the UK and Ireland from 4 September. Enjoy!
Les Misérables (15)
Dir Ladj Ly
Inspired by the 2005 Paris riots, director Ladj Ly’s Oscar-nominated Les Misérables is a hugely topical provocative insight into the tensions between neighbourhood residents and police. Stéphane (Damien Bonnard), recently arrived from the provinces, has just joined the Anti-Crime Squad in Montfermeil, in the suburbs of Paris, France, where Victor Hugo set his famed novel “Les Misérables”. Alongside his new colleagues Chris (Alexis Manenti) and Gwada (Djebril Zonga) – both experienced members of the team – he quickly discovers tensions running high between local gangs.
European Film Awards (2019)
Winner: European Discovery
Cannes Film Festival (2019)
Winner: Jury Prize
Dir Ladj Ly | Cast Damien Bonnard, Djebril Zonga, Alexis Manenti, Issa Perica | 2019 | France | 103 mins | French with English subtitles.
The Lady in the Portrait
Le Portrait interdit (15)
Dir Charles de Meaux
The Lady in the Portrait is a sumptuous epic which evokes the unique rapport between a French missionary (Melvil Popaud) and the Manchurian Empress (Fan Bingbing) whose portrait he’s ordered to paint. The films follows in the fine tradition of stories about the attraction between famous painters and their muses such as Girl with a Pearl Earring and Caravaggio. Exquisitely-costumed and voluptuously shot, the film reveals life in the Qing Dynasty court.
“Exquisitely-costumed and voluptuously shot” – Variety
“Juicy tale of art, power and concubines” – Hollywood Reporter
Dir Charles de Meaux | Cast Fan Bingbing, Melvil Poupaud, Yue Wu, Shih-Chieh King | 2018 | China, France | 108 mins | French and Mandarin, with English subtitles.
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