North American Premiere
Saturday, October 2, 2021
FIAF Florence Gould Hall
Dir. Patrick-Mario Bernard and Pierre Trividic, 2019, France. 104 min. Color
With Jean-Christophe Folly, Golshifteh Farahani, Isabelle Carré
In French with English subtitles
ACID Official Selection, Cannes Film Festival 2019
Dominick Brassan has the power to turn invisible but rarely uses it. Instead, he keeps it a shameful secret, even from his fiancée, Viveka. Yet, when his ability to control his gift gets out of hand, his life, friendships, and relationships are forever turned inside out.
Blind Spot is an intriguing and refreshing take on the popular Hollywood superhero genre: A superpower, intended as a gift to help others, leads instead to loneliness, alienation, and frustration.
“An intriguingly downbeat spin on the invisible man scenario.” — The Hollywood Reporter
About Patrick-Mario Bernard and Pierre Trividic
In the mid-1990s, Trividic and Bernard embarked on a personal and artistic partnership.
Pierre Trividic studied law and art history before graduating from film school at IDHEC (Institut des Hautes Etudes Cinématographiques). He then became a screenwriter, working with such celebrated directors as Patrice Chéreau and Pascale Ferran, among others.
Patrick-Mario Bernard earned his diploma in Fine Arts from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure in 1986, and spent the ensuing decade exploring several artistic sectors, notably illustration, graphic design, and theater.
In the mid-1990s, Trividic and Bernard, who are a couple, began collaborating professionally. After directing a documentary on the acclaimed horror fiction author Howard Phillips Lovecraft, they exposed their intimate life in a mid-length documentary, This is a Pipe (2001), a unique look into the relationship between art and sex. They later starred in their first collaborative feature, Dancing (co-directed by Xavier Brillat), which was released to critical acclaim in 2003. Their second feature, The Other One (2008), was inspired by the writings of Annie Ernaux and paints the portrait of an overly-jealous woman, played by Dominique Blanc, who was awarded the Volpi Cup for Best Actress at the 2008 Venice Film Festival for her performance.