35 Shots of Rum

35 Rhums
Director: Claire Denis

France, Germany, drama, 100 min., 2008, lithuanian and english subtitles
Lionel (Alex Descas), a metro conductor and a widower, shares his apartment with his student daughter Joséphine (Mati Diop). Lionel’s friend, the taxi driver Gabrielle (Nicole Dogue), and Noé (Grégoire Colin), a young man who goes abroad often, also live in the same building. Together, they are like one big family. When René (Julieth Mars Toussaint), a close friend and a colleague, announces his retirement, Lionel comes to the painful realisation that he is not young any more and becomes more and more dependent on his daughter. The relationship between father and a daughter, filled with care and kindness, is complicated when Lionel starts noticing that the friendship between Joséphine and Noé evolves into a romance…

2008 – Special Jury Prize in Gijón International Film Festival, Spain.

About the director:
Claire Denis was born in Paris in 1948, but grew up in an African colony where her father was a French civil servant. The family moved every two years because her father wanted her to know geography. While in Africa, she used to watch old damaged copies of war films sent from the USA, and read a lot, but began studying economics. Only later, encouraged by her husband, she went to the IDHEC, the French film school, which was renamed “La Fémis” in 1986. She graduated from the IDHEC, and served as assistant to Jacques Rivette, Costa-Gavras, Jim Jarmusch, and Wim Wenders. These were the filmmakers that influenced her cinematic style. Her debut feature film “Chocolate” (Chocolat, 1988) won her critical acclaim – it was screened in Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for the Cesar award as the best debut film. With films such as “Nenette and Boni” (Nénette et Boni, 1996), “Good Work” (Beau travail, 1999), “Trouble Every Day” (2001), and “Friday Night” (Vendredi soir, 2002) she established a reputation as a filmmaker who has been able to reconcile the lyricism of French cinema with the often harsh face of contemporary France. Claire Denis teaches film as culture anthropology in European Graduate School in Saas-Fee, Switzerland.

Section: Identity

Screenplay: Claire Denis, Jean-Pol Fargeau

Dir. of Photography: Agnès Godard

Music: Tindersticks

Cast: Alex Descas, Mati Diop, Grégoire Colin, Nicole Dogué