RISORSE UMANE / RESSOURCES HUMAINES (Francia/Regno Unito, 1999, 100′)

Friday October 6th, 7 p.m, Cinema Massimo, Room 3

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Director: Laurent Cantet
Screenplay: Laurent Cantet, Gilles Marchand
Photography: Matthieu Poirot-Delpech
Editing: Robin Campillo, Stéphanie Leger
Actors: Jalil Lespert, Jean-Claude Vallod, Chantal Barré, Véronique de Pandelaère, Michel Begnez, Lucien Longueville, Danielle Mélador
Production: La Sept-Arte, Haut et Court

After graduating in Business Administration in Paris, Franck comes back to his hometown, in Normandy to do an internship in the human resources department of the factory where his father has worked for 30 years. Soon, the young man realizes that management is preparing the downsizing of the workforce. His father is also on the list. Franck rebels, gets fired and stands by the workers who decide to boycott the production. But his father chooses not to participate in the protest.

Laurent Cantet (Melle, Deux-Sèvres, France, 1961), is a filmmaker and screenwriter, graduated from the cinema school IDHEC of Paris. In 1994, he was Marcel Ophüls’ director assistant for his documentary Veillées d’armes, a report on war correspondents during the Balkan war in 1993. His 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 the 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 movie 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 labor themes (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 (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).