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Despite the Night

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Malgré la nuit

Μυθοπλασία / Fiction, Γαλλία / France, 2008, 156′, DCP, Έγχρ. / Color Με ήχο / Sound, Γαλλικά / French

Σκηνοθεσία / Direction Philippe Grandrieux Σενάριο / Direction Philippe Grandrieux Φωτογραφία / Cinematography Philippe Grandrieux Μοντάζ / Editing Françoise Tourmen Ήχος / Sound Guillame Le Braz Μουσική / Music Robert Schumann Παραγωγός / Producer Catherine Jacques Παραγωγή / Producer Mandrake Films, Arte France Cinéma Ηθοποιοί / Cast Dmitry Kubasov Natalie Rehorova, Alexei Solonchev Simona Hülsemann, Vitaly Kishchenko, Arthur Semay Προέλευση ταινίας / Film Source Films Boutique

English musician Lenz searches for his lover Madeleine, who has mysteriously disappeared, but tumbles into an amour with troubled, self-destructive Hélène. Grieving the loss of her infant son, Hélène seeks oblivion in the murky subterranean world of a brutal sex ring, followed by Lenz. A stark, elliptical, hauntingly spectral narrative with scenes of sensory neglect and brutal carnality.

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The 9th Athens Avant-Garde Film Festival is carried out in the context of “Cinephilia in the New Age II” which is funded by the European Union — European Regional Development Fund (Operational Programme ROP ATTIKI of NSRF 2014-2020). All actions are carried out under the auspices of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports.