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Cannes 2011: Pater by Alain Cavalier

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Cannes 2011: Pater by Alain Cavalier


From director Alain Cavalier comes the movie titled Pater, another project that is scheduled to premiere In Competition at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

So, we’re here today to have a little chat about the story that will follow “the return of the prodigal son to his father.”

Still, it’s interesting to hear that Pater is actually described as a comedy…


Here’s a little description: “Vincent Lindon and Alain Cavalier are pals. Like father and son. They sip port in bars dreaming of a film they might make. Together. Then just once in a while, they don suit and tie. Play men of power. See how much trouble they can make. For a laugh.

They tell a tall story, that’s part really personal, part, well – just plain tall. Only, as ever at the movies, there’s that excellent question no one can answer: is it really all make-believe?”

As you already guess, the cast includes Alain Cavalier and Vincent Lindon, filmmaker and actor.

At 79 years of age, Cavalier is the most senior filmmaker in the Competition, but much of his work will be unfamiliar to non-Francophiles – his last film to receive US distribution was 1986′s Thérèse, movie that won the Jury Prize at Cannes.

Cavalier has contended for the Palme d’Or once since, but was relegated to Un Certain Regard two years ago with Irène.



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