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Games of Love and Chance

L'Esquive
Director: Abdellatif Kechiche

France, Romance drama, 2003, 117 min., french with english and lithuanian subtitles, N-16
15-year-old Krimo (Osman Elkharraz) schemes his way into acting in a play in order to get closer to Lydia (Sara Forestier), the divaesque lead actress, whom he loves. Abdellatif Kechiche‘s “Games of Love and Chanceˮ is not a typical high-school comedy, however, but a reality-based romance set in the housing complexes that ring Paris. The inhabitants are mostly disadvantaged North Africans and the play is an 18th-century comedy whose language is as far from French slang as Shakespeare is from rap. Connection of France‘s classical literary heritage with its contemporary social reality results in a spirited and insightful film.
 
Awards:
 
2004 – FIPRESCI Prize and Special Jury Prize at the Istanbul International Film Festival (Turkey).
2004 – Honourable Mention at the Stokholm Film Festival (Sweden).
2004 – Best Director, FIPRESCI Prize and Special Mention in the Best Script category at the Torino Film Festival (Italy).
2004 – Best Actress Award for Sara Forestier, Sabrina Ouazani and Nanou Benhamou at the Mons International Love Film Festival (Belgium).
2005 – Étoile d'Or (France) Award for the Best Female Newcomer for Sara Forestier.
2005 – Lumière Award (France) for the Best Screenplay.
2005 – Grand Prix in the Best Film category at the “Entrevues” Belfort Film Festival (France).
2005 – Special Jury Prize at the Buenos Aires International Independent Film Festival (Argentina).
2005 – César Awards (France) for the Best Director, Best Film, Best Screenplay and Most Promising Actress Sara Forestier.
 
About the director:
 
Film director, screenwriter and actor Abdellatif Kechiche was born in Tunis, Tunisia, in 1960. At the age of six he moved to Nice (France). A. Kechiche studied drama at the Antibes Conservatoire of Music and Drama (France). He made his directorial debut in 2000 with an award-winning “Poetical Refugee” (La Faute à Voltaire), which he also wrote. He also directed “Games of Love and Chance” (L'Esquive, 2003), which won a César Award for Best Film, Best Screenplay and Best Director, “The Secret of the Grain” (La graine et le mulet, 2007) for which he was awarded César Awards for Best Film, Best Screenplay and Best Director and the Special Jury Prize, the FIPRESCI Prize and was nominated for the Golden Lion at the Venice International Film Festival (Italy). His film “Black Venus” (Vénus noire, 2010) was also nominated for the Golden Lion Award at the Venice Film Festival. “Blue Is the Warmest Color” (La vie d'Adèle – Chapitres 1 et 2) – A. Kechiche‘s latest film was awarded the prestigious Palme D‘Or at the Cannes Film Festival (France).

 

Section: Abdellatif Kechiche film retrospective

Screenplay: Ghalya Lacroix

Dir. of Photography: Lubomir Bakchev

Cast: Osman Elkharraz, Sara Forestier, Sabrina Ouazani, Nanou Benhamou, Hafet Ben-Ahmed, Aurélie Ganito