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A Real Life



France, 2009, 35mm - Color - 96

DIRECTED BY:
Sarah Leonor

CAST:
Guillaume Depardieu, Florence Loiret Caille, Jaques Nolot

SCREENPLAY:
Sarah Leonor & Emanuelle Jacob

PHOTOGRAPHY:
Laurent Desmet

EDITING:
Francois Quiqueré

COSTUME DESIGN:
Marie Cesari

PRODUCER:
Michel Klein

PRODUCTION:
Les Films Hatari

WORLD SALES:
EastWest Filmdistribution GmbH

STORY DESCRIPTION:

Isabelle (Florence Loiret Caille) is a teacher. Bruno (Guillaume Depardieu) is a thief. Together, they start believing they could find happiness. The day the police tightens the noose round him, Bruno runs away, taking Isabelle along with him. In the heart of the forest, they hide and love each other, timelessly, in an ultimate attempt to keep the violence of the world away.
DIRECTOR BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:

Born in 1970 in Strasbourg, Sarah Leonor grew up in Mulhouse, where as an adolescent she took up photography and discovered cinema as an open window to the world. Back in Strasbourg, she studied art history and Russian for two years and then started working with the film magazine Limelight. With a friend who was studying cinematography at the Ecole Louis Lumière she co-directed a first short documentary, Napoli 90’ (1994). After Les limbes (1997), she made L’arpenteur (2001) in collaboration with Michel Klein, a medium-length film that won the Jean Vigo Prize the following year and that recounts the first trip to Armenia made by Avédis, a young Frenchman of Armenian origin employed to draw up plans for a road that will link two villages in the south of the country. A Real Life (aka Au Voleur) is her first feature film.

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