27° TORINO FILM FESTIVAL

LE ROI DE L'ÉVASION

THE KING OF ESCAPE
by Alain Guiraudie
Country: France
Year: 2009
Duration: 97'


THE KING OF ESCAPE
The monotonous daily routine of Armand, a forty-year-old farm equipment salesman, is turned topsy-turvy when he meets Curly, an adolescent girl whom the man saved one night from four thugs. Tired of unsatisfactory, clandestine homosexual encounters, Armand unexpectedly falls in love with Curly. The local community doesn’t understand, but they are determined to live their new love story to the hilt and convince themselves that flight is the best solution. But maybe Armand got it all wrong.

“An important question underpins the film: can you overcome what you really are? The idea of changing my nature has occurred to me throughout my own life: dating a young woman, living together, like everybody else. It’s easy to get bored of living on the edge of society... Giving up your dreams, falling into line, not feeling so lonely anymore. That’s the great temptation for Armand, that of the dominant model. If everybody does it, it can’t be so bad.”

Biography

film director

Alain Guiraudie

Alain Guiraudie (Villefranche-de-Rouergue, France, 1964) studied at the University of Montpellier and made his first short film in 1990, Les héros sont immortels. His medium-length film, Sunshine for the Poor (2001) is exemplary of his atypical cinema, which mixes westerns, picaresque stories and philosophical tales. In 2001 he realized That Old Dream That Moves, that won the Jean Vigo Prize and was awarded at the Quinzane des réalisateurs. In 2003 he directed the feature film No Rest for the Brave, that was shown in several film festivals such as Cannes and Karlovy Vary, and in 2005 he made Time Has Come, screened in competition at Torino Film Festival, just as The King of Escape. In 2013 L’inconnu du lac won for the Best Director at Certain regard section in Cannes.

FILMOGRAFIA

Les héros sont immortels (cm, 1990), Tout droit jusqu’au matin (cm, 1994), La force des choses (cm, 1997), Du soleil pour les gueux (mm, 2000), Ce vieux rêve qui bouge (mm, 2001), Pas de repos pour les braves (2003), Voici venu le temps (2005), Le roi de l’évasion (2009), L’inconnu du lac (Lo sconosciuto del lago, 2013), Rester vertical (2016).

Cast

& Credits

regia/director
Alain Guiraudie
sceneggiatura/screenplay
Alain Guiraudie, Laurent Lunetta, Frédérique Moreau
fotografia/cinematography
Sabine Lancelin
montaggio/film editing
Benedicte Brunet, Yann Dedet
scenografia/production design
Didier Pons
costumi/costume design
Roy Genty
musica/music
Xavier Boussiron
suono/sound
Xavier Griette
interpreti e personaggi/cast and characters
Ludovic Berthillot (Armand Lacourtade), Hafzia Herzi (Curly), Pierre Laur (Robert Rapaille), Luc Palun (Durandot), Pascal Aubert (Paul), François Clavier (il commissario/Police Commissioner), Bruno Valayer (Jean-Jacques), Jean Toscan (Jean)
produttore/producer
Sylvie Pialat
produzione/production
Les Films du Worso
coproduttore/coproducer
Gladys Glover
vendita all’estero/world sales
Les Films du Losange
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