by Iris Kaltenbäck
Country: France
Year: 2023
Duration: 97

Lydia, a midwife highly invested in her career, has completely lost control of her life. Was it due to heartbreak, her best friend Salomé’s pregnancy, or her meeting with Milos, with whom she could have a potential new relationship? Lydia gets stuck in a spiral of lies where everyone’s life is turned upside down.


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Iris Kaltenbäck

(Paris, 1988) after studying law and philosophy, she joined the Fémis school in Paris, specifically the screenwriting department. In 2013, she worked as assistant to stage director Declan Donnellan at the Théâtre des Gémeaux in Paris. In 2015, she directed her first short film, A Visit from the Stork, which receive an award at the Brussels International Film Festival. She received the Sopadin Junior Award for her screenplay entitled Still Shot. The Rapture is her first feature film and premeried in Cannes, at Film Critic’s Week.


Le Vol des cigognes (cm, 2015), Le Ravissement (2023).


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“My wish to make a film often stems from the characters, and for The Rapture, it was indeed specifically these characters who made me want to write this story. Lydia, a midwife who is dedicated to her profession, evades what makes her vulnerable, walling herself up in solitude and lies. Her lifelong friend, Salomé, who first seems better integrated with a life that is solidly on track, is confronted with the upheaval that motherhood is, and the violence of post- partum loneliness. And then there’s also Milos, a bus driver who is a first generation immigrant from ex-Yugoslavia, whose life follows the rhythm of the night shift and who doesn’t particularly envision a future for himself until he meets Lydia.”


& Credits

DIRECTOR, SCREENPLAY: Iris Kaltenbäck. CINEMATOGRAPHY: Marine Atlant. EDITING: Suzana Pedro, Pierre Deschamps. PRODUCTION DESIGN: Anna Le Mouël. COSTUMES: Caroline Spieth. MUSIC: Alexandre de La Baume. SOUND: Guilhem Domercq. CAST: Hafsia Herzi, Alexi Manenti, Nina Meurisse, Younes Boucif, Radmila Karabatic, Dusko Badnjar, Ana Blagojevic, Grégoire Didelot. PRODUCERS: Alice Bloch-Robin, Thierry de Clermont Tonnerre. PRODUCTION: MACT Productions, Marianne Productions.

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