A French filmmaker presented a dystopia for France at the Venice Film Festival

A French filmmaker presented a dystopia for France at the Venice Film Festival

A French director presented a dystopian film at the Venice Film Festival, inspired by the yellow vest riots in France, the repression against them and the rise of the French extreme right, France Press reported, quoted by BTA.

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The production by Romain Gavras, son of Costa Gavras, is titled “Athens” and in it the director imagines a riot in a troubled French neighborhood after the murder of a young man, against the backdrop of a civil war in France fueled by far-right provocations.

“Such a dystopia allows you to analyze a nightmare, to see how things could develop and to tell all this in a symbolic form,” says Romain Gavras, who has written many videos, including songs by Kanye West and Jamie X X.

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The director says that he perceives how the world is accelerating towards the worst and that this is felt everywhere, in France, Greece, the USA.

According to him, it is not films that add fuel to the fire, and they could hardly have such a great impact and the power to stop people’s anger. “But to depict in a film, as the Greek tragedy did, a black future, that’s something interesting,” adds Gavras.

“When a country is fragile, it is very easy for it to be pushed to the abyss”, warns the director and recalls that since the prehistoric era or from ancient Greece, the differences in interests have always been the ones that pushed people to conflict and war.

A total of 23 productions will compete for the prestigious “Golden Lion” award for best film at this year’s film festival, which, in the words of its director, aims to be “a window open to the world”.

France is well represented this year in the competition program with Rebecca Zlotowski’s Other People’s Children with Virginie Efira, Frederic Wiseman’s Couple, Roshdi Zem’s Ours – a family portrait, Romain Gavras’ Athena and Saint Omer of Alice Diop. French director and writer Florian Zeller has cast stars such as Hugh Jackman, Laura Dern and Anthony Hopkins to portray his new take on the relationship between father and son in The Son.

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