Daniel Fait Face

2018
France
1h00
Fiction
Col.

While his classmates prepare for the last rehearsal before the end-of-the-year show, Daniel, 10, gets lost in the school's corridors, and bumps into Marthe in the locker room. A new bond forms between the two children…

In this film, much like in Once Upon a Time in America, a scene centering voyeurism, triggers all the emotional turmoil that rips apart the characters. But unlike in Sergio Leone's film, in Daniel fait face, everyone is dancing, boys and girls. The plot of the film is limited to a school that feels timeless (apart from the counter-terror exercise), yet it spreads in an unexpected way. The high-motion camera reminds us of Samuel Fuller, a rare reference for young French filmmakers who often depict the world as an emotional tempest, where characters, both familiar and distant, seem to be coming out of a dream. Daniel and his friends, under some kind of high-pitched fever, turn the film into a dreamlike fantasy that also sway the adults around them. (Victor Bournérias)

FIRST FRENCH FICTION*

* Selected only for the prize Gérard Frot-Coutaz

Cast
Théo Polgar, Madeleine Follacci, Tristan Bernard
Screenplay
Marine Atlan
Photography
Benoît Bouthors
Sound
Elisha Albert, Paul Guilloteau
Music
Jonas Atlan
Art direction
Louise Le Bouc Berger, Elsa Noijons
Editing
Guillaume Lillo
Production
Nicolas Anthomé, Bathysphère

CONTACT:
Bathysphère, Nicolas Anthomé
contact@bathysphere.fr

Since graduating from La Fémis, Marine Atlan has worked as a Director of Photography with Louise Hémon, Benoit Bouthors, Caroline Poggi and Jonathan Vinel. Her first film as a director, Les amours vertes, won the Grand Prix at the Clermont-Ferrand festival. CM/SF : Les amours vertes (2015).

Selection

Feature Films

Short Films