Vivre sa jeunesse


Vivre sa jeunesse
18 May – 23 June 2013

 The old believe everything, the middle-aged suspect everything, the young know everything.
-Oscar Wilde

Pera Film’s spring-summer season finale is Vivre sa Jeunesse, a program exploring the wonderful theme of youth. Presented in collaboration with l’Institut français, the selection includes narrative and documentary genres, with films discovering the beautiful as well as the hardships of what it means to come of age and how one copes with life, love and, change.

Summer of Giacomo

Director: Alessandro Comodin
Cast: Giacomo Zulian, Stefania Comodin, Barbara Colombo
France, Italy, Belgium 78’, 2011, color
Italian with Turkish subtitles

In the northeastern Italian countryside, 19-year-old Giacomo, who is deaf, and his childhood friend Stefania fill their summer days with games, conversation, and swims in the local river. Time passes slowly in this languid, sensual atmosphere, but soon another reality—and the collision of documentary and fiction—brings an unexpected meaning to their bittersweet adventures.

Nous princesses de cleves

Director: Régis Sauder
Cast: Abou Achoumi, Laura Badrane, Morgane Badrane
France, 69’, 2011, color
French with Turkish subtitles

Ah, the high school English class, where works of great literature are foisted upon students as required reading. Those great tomes filled with heady prose and characters from another era are supposed to be vitally important to every young person’s education, but how relevant are they to the realities of daily angst-ridden teenage existence? In a refreshing and inspired look at the lives of contemporary youth, director Régis Sauder attempts to make that elusive connection between classic literature and contemporary teenage life through the authentic voices and emotions of one Marseille high school class studying the 17th century French novel La princesse de Clèves. A tale of love and duty in the 16thcentury court of King Henri II, this classic text has been taught in French classrooms for decades. But Sauder gives it a new spin, juxtaposing its narrative with the lives of the students themselves, a diverse population of teens from predominantly working-class and immigrant families. As they gradually begin the stressful preparation for their baccalaureate exams, the students recite assorted passages from the book and speak candidly about their hopes and dreams, love and heartbreak, family and friends and their own place in today’s French society.

Belle Épine

Director: Rebecca Zlotowski
Cast: Léa Seydoux, Anaïs Demoustier, Agathe Schlenker
France, 80’, 2010, color
French with Turkish subtitles

Zlotowski’s Belle Épine is a coming of age story about a teenage girl dealing with the death of her mother and absentee father. The girl loses herself in antisocial behavior, turning away from her Jewish heritage personified by her supportive aunt and uncle, and drawn into the orbit of a wrong-side-of-the-tracks classmate and her biker friends, who gather for chaotic, sometimes lethal night-time motorcycle meets on the edge of town. The film won the prestigious Prix Louis Delluc and was nominated for a César Award for lead actress Léa Seydoux. The strikingly intimate portrait of a seventeen-year-old girl follows her transition from disaffected youth to premature adulthood with astute psychological observation.

Un poison violent

Director: Katell Quillévéré
Cast: Clara Augarde, Lio, Michel Galabru
France, 92’, 2010, color
French, Italian, English with Turkish subtitles

Anna, a 14-years-old girl spends her holidays in her grandfather’s house. When she arrives, she realizes that her father left and her mother is devastated. A lot of mystique interrogations for the young girl who is also shaken by her first feeling about Pierre, a free spirited teenager and by her the changes her body is going through which modify the way how people look at her… Trapped in too many upheavals she tries to go over with the help of a priest of her village.

Memory Lane

Director: Mikhaël Hers
Cast: Thibault Vinçon, Dounia Sichov, Lolita Chammah
France, 98’, 2010, color
French with Turkish subtitles

Late August, early September, the twenty something characters of Mikhaël Hers’s Memory Lane come together in the Parisian suburb where they grew up. Some still live there, while others, like migrating birds, are drawn back by the inviting weather—or, like any good son or daughter, the whims and pains that afflict their parents. An ode to looking out windows, at least for part of its running time, the film builds a mood of nostalgia from its scarcely florid fixation on atmosphere: the blustery wind, chirping insects, a gorgeous hilltop view of distant Paris.

La vie au ranch

Director: Sophie Letourneur
Cast: Sarah-Jane Sauvegrain, Eulalie Juster, Mahault Mollaret
France, 90’, 2009, color
French with Turkish subtitles

In her debut feature, which has drawn comparisons to late French masters Rohmer and Rouch, Letourneur insightfully and humorously portrays the seemingly quite happy daily life of a small group of bohemian girls living together on the left bank in what they call their “Ranch.” A tight-knit circle of 20-somethings, Lola, Pam, Manon, Chloé and Jude—all played by non professionals, and all friends in real life—are smart, somewhat naïve, and often temperamental, spending their days drinking, smoking, laughing, dancing, gossiping, and discussing their love lives, until each realizes they must break from the group to pursue their own lives. Part of ACID’s 2010 Cannes sidebar, La vie au ranch was a festival favorite, screening at Viennale, Vancouver, Sydney, Belfort (where it won the Best French Film Award), and the International Film Festival Rotterdam. Letourner’s semi-autobiographical first feature seamlessly combines performances from amateur actors, layered dialogue, and real-life cast experiences.

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