PARIS– “Party Girl,” the directorial debut of Marie Amachoukeli, Claire Burger and Samuel Theis, is set to open Cannes’ Un Certain Regard on May 15.
Produced by Elzévir Films and distributed by Pyramide Films, “Party Girl” turns on the life of Angelique, a 60-year-old nightclub hostess. Although she still loves men and enjoys partying, she feels that as the senior member on staff, she must settle down so she agrees to marry one of her clients.
“The film is a portrait of a free woman who has chosen to live on the margins of conventional society, and delves deep into a France that is often underrepresented. With total realism, the lead role is played by the real-life Angélique,” stated Cannes film fest.
The three co-directors, who met at the prestigious film school Fémis, started their career producing short films that won awards at several festivals. Their credits include “Forbach,” winner of Cannes’ Cinéfondation second prize in 2008; and “C’est gratuit pour les filles” which played at Critics’ Week in 2009 and won the Cesar award in 2010.
“With its mission to discover new talents, Un Certain Regard will provide excellent exposure for a collective first work that is innovative both in its form and its subject. The choice reflects the wish of Pablo Trapero, (jury prexy for Un Certain Regard 2014) to present a passionate selection of established masters, young talents and new forms of cinema,” added the festival.
Cannes’ official selection will be unveiled on April 17. This year the festival runs May 14-25.