Director: Anne-Sophie Birot / Helene Angel / Mimmo Calopresti
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Girls Can't Swim (aka: Les Filles Ne Savent Pas Nager)
Starring: Isild Le Besco, Karen Alyx, Marie Riveiere
Director: Anne-Sophie Birot
French filmmaker Anne-Sophie Birot makes her writing and directing debut with the coming-of-age drama Les Filles Ne Savent Pas Nager, given the unfortunate English title Girls Can't Swim. Every year, Gwen (Isild Le Besco) meets up with her best friend Lise (Karen Alyx) for a summer on the beach in Brittany. Since Gwen has grown into a reckless teenager and her parents are experiencing financial problems, this year is decidedly different. She develops an interest in sex, starts dating Fr?o (Julien Cottereau), and looks for other boys to fool around with. Her dad Alain (Pascal Elso) sells his boat, her mom C?ine (Pascale Bussieres) starts working to support the family, and, worst of all, Lise doesn't come to the beach. Meanwhile, back in the city, Lise finds out her absent father has died, which causes much grief to her mother (Marie Riviere) and older sisters (Yelda Reynaud and Sandrine Blancke). Having never met her father and wanting to escape her family's trauma, she travels by herself to Brittany. Without telling anyone what's bothering her, Lise is pensive and brooding while Gwen is thirsty for adventure, leading to a major fight between the two girls. With Gwen running around on her own and Celine at work, Lise and Alain are left to form an unlikely friendship, which takes a dark turn and leads to a tragic conclusion. Girls Can't Swim premiered at the 2000 Montreal Film Festival.
Skin of Man, Heart of Beast (aka: Peau d'homme, Coeur de Bete)
Starring: Bernard Blancan, Pascal Cervo, Virginie Guinand
Director: Helene Angel
The first feature film of Helene Angel, who has won several prizes for her short films, Peau d'Homme, Coeur de Bete uses the point of view of children to focus on a tragedy that befalls a family. After fifteen years of absence, a man returns to his family. Five-year-old Aurelie watches the stranger arrive and develops an immediate affinity with him. Her older sister, however, is very suspicious of the intruder and certain that misfortune will follow. The adults see nothing, but struggle with all their might when tragedy strikes. Naturally, the two girls bear the brunt of the impact. The film is an homage to the distant and primitive world of childhood, which shapes each of us. Peau d'Homme, Coeur de Bete received the Golden Leopard at the 1999 Locarno International Film Festival and Serge Riaboukine was awarded a Bronze Leopard as Best Actor.
In this French thriller, a ghastly turn of events changes a seemingly peaceful summer vacation in the south of France into a violent hell. Two young girls (Virginie Guinand, Cathy Hinderchied) are spending time with their grandmother (Maaike Jansen) when their estranged uncle, Coco (Bernard Bertrand), returns after 15 years. Although he brings an air of tension and fear with him, the family, including the girls' brutish father (Serge Riaboukine), nonetheless accepts him. However, when the girls begin to have horrific premonitions, tragedy soon follows.
Preferisco il rumore del mare
Director: Mimmo Calopresti
Mimmo Calopresti directs this subtle coming-of-age drama about the prejudices between the north and the south of Italy.
Rosario (Michele Raso) is from Calabria in the Italian deep south. Because of the fact that his father is in jail and his mother was rubbed out in a mob hit, he has grown into a fiercely proud and self-sufficient lad. Matteo (Paola Cirio), on the other hand, is a mopey rich kid, the son of successful Turin businessman Luigi (Silvio Orlando). An unlikely string of coincidences leads to Luigi stumbling upon Rosario, who proves to be a distant relative. He arranges for his old friend Don Lorenzo to take in the orphaned waif and encourages him to hang out with Matteo. Soon, as Luigi's prejudice against southerners becomes more and more apparent, Matteo and Rosario become fast friends.
|Audio Format:||DD 5.1 Surround|
|Video Format:||Widescreen 1.85:1 (Anamorphic)|
|Year Made:||1999 / 2000 / 2000|
|Running Time:||97 / 93 / 84|
|Special Features:||- Girls Can't Swim:
Theatrical Traile, Filmography, Director's Biography
- Skin of Man, Heart of a Beast: Trailer Director and Cast Biography
- I Prefer the Sound of the Sea: Director's Biography, Trailer Collectors (4)