LA CLASSE. ENTRE LES MURS / THE CLASSROOM. BETWEEN THE WALLS (France, 2008, 128′)
XXX X ottobre, ore XX.XX, Cinema Massimo, Sala X
Direction: Laurent Cantet
Screenplay: Laurent Cantet, Robin Campillo, François Bégaudeau
Photography: Pierre Milon, Catherine Pujol
Editing: Robin Campillo, Stéphanie Leger
Actors: François Bégaudeau, Agame Malembo-Emene, Angélica Sancio, Arthur Fogel, Boubacar Touré, Burak Özyilmaz, Carl Nanor, Cherif Bounaïdja Rachedi, Dalla Doucouré
Production: Haut et Court
François teaches french in a middle school in a particularly difficult class. His aspiration is to be able to educate kids without homologating them. To motivate them, when they get out of control, he is willing to go and look for them and put them in front of their limits, ready to accept the risk of a resounding failure. The film intertwines fiction and documentary, it unfolds over the course of a year and it is based on the real experience of François Bégaudeau, a teacher who plays himself in the principal role.
Laurent Cantet (Melle, Deux-Sèvres, France, 1961), filmmaker and screenwriter, graduated from the cinema school IDHEC of Paris. In 1994 he is director assistant of Marcel Ophüls for his documentary Veillées d’armes, report on war correspondents during the Balkan war in 1993. The debut behind the camera dates back to the 1990s. After the short films Tous à la manif (1994), winner of the Jean Vigo award, and Jeux de plage (1995), in 1997 he directed his first feature film Les sanguinaires, presented at Venice Film Festival. The following year the film became part of the television project 2000 vu par? composed of ten films and ten international filmmakers. Human Resources (1999) is the film that made him famous, winner of numerous awards, including the award for Best Debut Director at the San Sebastián Film Festival. With the following works, some of them focused on the work theme (Time Out – with which it won the Golden Palm at the Cannes Film Festival in 2008) his name is consolidated as one of the most significant within the world film scene.
Filmography: Tous à la manif (cm, 1994), Jeux de plage (cm, 1995), Les sanguinaires (1997), Risorse umane (1999), A tempo pieno (2001), Verso il sud (2005), La classe. Entre les murs (2008), 7 Days in Havana (film collettivo, episodio La Fuente, 2011), Foxfire – Ragazze cattive (2012), Ritorno a L’Avana (2014), L?atelier (2017), Arthur Rambo (2021).