With over 86 speaking parts, Podalydès has assembled an all-star, ensemble cast including Catherine Deneuve, Mathieu Amalric, and Chiara Mastroianni in this film about the everyday lives of Parisians living in the wealthy suburb of Versailles. Park Benches is a witty, incisive examination of contemporary France and urban alienation that was a huge success on its theatrical release in France. The film is the final entry in Podalydès’ “Versailles Trilogy,” which also includes A Night in Versailles and Only God Sees Me. Denis Podalydès plays the protagonist in all three films, but each stands on its own and can be seen without being familiar with the others. –IFC Films
Along with the Larrieu Brothers, the Martineau-Ducastel couple, or even Danièle Dubroux, Bruno Podalydès is, without any doubt, one of those who bring something new to French comedy nowadays and make it a clever, refined and somewhat subversive entertainment.
Born in 1961, Bruno Podalydès studied cinema in Saint-Denis University, before directing a series of corporate films for Air France featuring his brother Denis Podalydès,“the Antoine Doinel of corporate film”, he said. Their respective careers are now inseparable, since Denis plays the main part in all Bruno’s films. When he is asked how he sees his relationship with his brother who plays in all his films, he replies “like a director full of admiration for a great actor” of whom he praises the huge talent and the theatrical career in the Comédie Française.
Versailles rive gauche, his first film in 1992 was the first part of a “trilogy of train stations” (“trilogie des gares”). Acclaimed by critics, the film received… read more