Past Event25 Jul 2016

Paris 05:59

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The Civic


Some enchanted evening… you may find romance across a crowded Paris sex dungeon. A wild night of lightning attraction and its uncertain consequences begins exactly there when Théo, an infrequent visitor to sex clubs, first spies Hugo pounding the flesh in an orgy room.

Spellbound, he manoeuvres his way through the melee into Hugo’s arms, until all others fall away and the two of them are hungrily entwined. That takes them from 4.27 am until 4.47 am. For the post-coital 82 minutes of the film’s simulation of real time, the pair weave their way through deserted Paris streets for a bumpy, but exhilarating night of mutual enquiry and discovery.

Filmmakers Olivier Ducastel and Jacques Martineau (Drôle de Félix) inflect a romantic vision of the City of Light with the wariness of two young men electrified by desire but not at all certain that belonging together is a concept that suits either of them. Proving that explicit sex on screen is no obstacle to interstellar chemistry, actors Geoffrey Couët and François Nambot bring every moment of their evolving rapport to life, with or without their clothes on.

Paris 05:59

Théo et Hugo dans le même bateau
France 2016
97 mins
In French with English subtitles

Directors/Screenplay: Olivier Ducastel, Jacques Martineau

Producer: Emmanuel Chaumet

Photography: Manuel Marmier

Editor: Pierre Deschamps

Production designers: Barnabé d’Hauteville, Clara Noel

Music: Karelle-Kuntur 

With: Geoffrey Couët (Théo), François Nambot (Hugo)

Festivals: Berlin 2016

For tickets and details about films at other venues, please visit the New Zealand International Film Festival website.

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