Blonde Animals

Bêtes blondes

Introduced by Dana Kurylyk, Assistant Film Programmer at FIAF

US Premiere

Tuesday, June 25, 2019
Followed by a wine and beer reception
FIAF Florence Gould Hall

Dir. Alexia Walther & Maxime Matray, 2018. 111 min. DCP.
With Thomas Scimeca, Basile Meilleurat, Agathe Bonitzer, Youssef Hajdi, Paul Barge, Anne Rotger
In French with English subtitles

Somewhere in the woods between Paris and Tours, an amnesiac former sitcom star with a propensity for filching salmon runs into a heartbroken soldier trying to sneak in to his late lover’s funeral. The unlikely pair wind up on the run together after stealing a car—and a body part.

With their first feature, Maxime Matray and Alexia Walther blend psychedelic absurdity and a typically French brand of delirious black humor to achieve a surprisingly earnest effect, turning their shaggy dog story into a meditation on lost love and the pull of the past.

“The first feature film by Maxime Matray and Alexia Walther renews the genre of mad love and mourning.”Le Monde

“Around mourning and amnesia, a first film that combines poetry and absurd humor.”Libération

  • About the Presenter
    • Dana Kurylyk is an Assistant Film Programmer at the French Institute Alliance Française. Her interest in French cinema can be traced back to studying film and French at Fordham University, Université de Paris-St. Denis, and her year in Aix-en-Provence teaching the English language.