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Panorama | Special Presentations

After working with her on Summer Hours and Clouds of Sils Maria (VIFF 08 and VIFF 13, respectively), Vancouver fave Olivier Assayas—12 of his films have played the festival, ranging from A New Life, VIFF 93, to Personal Shopper, VIFF 16—teams up once again with the great Juliette Binoche, this time for a gimlet-eyed and very funny relationship comedy cum social critique, set in the publishing world, in which our obsession with social media and all things digital is the source of much of the humour and human folly on display…

Binoche plays a successful actress married to a stressed-out publisher (Guillaume Canet), and she has grown mildly bored on both fronts. Hubby, on the other hand, confronted by the so-called "death of print," is jumping wholeheartedly into the new disruptive age—which includes hiring a young woman to handle his publishing house’s transition to digital. Throw into the mix an obnoxious and demanding novelist (Vincent Macaigne), whose marriage to a political operative (Nora Hamzawi) is also under duress, and all the trappings are in place for a wicked comedy of manners as witty as it is pungent and pertinent. Assayas has always made intelligent films for thinking adults, and Non-Fiction is of a piece with the rest of his oeuvre. It says a lot about the way we live now and does so with verbal style and visual panache to spare.

Director Olivier Assayas
Country of Origin: France
Year: 2018
Running Time: 106 mins
Language:In French with English subtitles
Cast: Juliette Binoche, Guillaume Canet, Vincent Macaigne, Nora Hamzawi, Christa Théret, Pascal Greggory
Executive Producer: Ky Ly Nha
Producer: Charles Gillibert
Cinematographer: Yorick Le Saux
Editor: Simon Jacquet
Production Design: François-Renaud Labarthe
Production Company: CG Cinema, Vortex Sutra, Arte France Cinéma
Distributor: Axia Films Inc.


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