At university, Carmen meets Hussain, a young Afghan poet who is studying French literature. This encounter changes both their lives: falling in love, they become inseparable. Charles is distraught at losing her. The only reason he doesn’t crack up is his friend, Miguel, who teaches him flamenco. Hussain learns that his asylum application has been rejected. Carmen is terrified every time he goes outside. So the couple stay in and spend their time making love, until Hussain suddenly has the feeling she is watching him. He can no longer write, feels suffocated and needs to leave. Hussain disappears from her life as suddenly as he appeared. He leaves because of love: falling in love with a foreigner means involving her in his own battle. Charles has not given up. He walks with Carmen under the trees along the Saône. When she nears the riverbank, he knows she wants to disappear forever. So he watches over her, his love for her intact, a calm, powerful presence. –Locarno Film Festival
Born 1954 in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France. He has made numerous portrait films about musicians, among others Ravi Shankar. In 1995, he started a theatre company together with the screenwriter Elisabeth Perceval. They have since worked together in both theatre and film, e.g. Paria (2000), The Wound (2004) and Hearbeat Detector (2007). —Copenhagen International Filmfestival
FNC '11. One of the year's best. Klotz and Perceval have their finger on the pulse of today's youth culture in a climate of protest regarding immigrant rights and squatting. On top of that agenda is a love story between a young afghan immigrant and a french student. Script feels ripped from the headlines and is not afraid to examine the big issues. Loses its way a little towards the end but well worth experiencing.
This year’s edition includes Rendez-Vous +, “a potpourri of recent French documentaries and rarely screened classics.”
A discussion with the co-directors of Low Life, a poignant story of young people loving against the law in modern France.
In our annual poll, we pair our favorite new films of 2011 with older films seen in the same year to create fantastic double features.