Alice and the Mayor

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    Alice and the Mayor

    Alice et le Maire

    Directed by

    France

    2019

    103 min

    • French

    Comedy drama

    Paul Théraneau, the mayor of Lyon, is in existential crisis. After 30 years in politics, he feels totally empty and devoid of ideas. As a fix for this problem, his aides bring a brilliant young philosopher, Alice Heimann, into his inner circle. A dialogue develops between Alice and the mayor and the two become closer, which calls into question everything they were most sure of. Gradually, the inevitable question arises: are philosophy and political necessity compatible?

    Awards

    • Europa Cinemas Label Award - Quinzaine des Réalisateurs

    Festivals

    Labels & Line Ups

    Credits

    Cast
    Anaïs Demoustier
    Antoine Reinartz
    Fabrice Luchini
    Léonie Simaga
    Nora Hamzawi
    Screenplay
    Nicolas Pariser
    Cinematography
    Sébastien Buchmann
    Editing
    Christel Dewynter
    Music
    Benjamin Esdraffo
    Production
    BIZIBI
    Sales
    BAC FILMS

    Press

    A very clever and quirky political comedy with brilliant performances.

    Fabien Lemercier, Cineuropa

    Rewarding as a filmgoing experience and as a defence of smart people in civic roles who are still capable of distanced irony.

    Lisa Nesselson, Screendaily

    Nicolas Pariser

    Nicolas Pariser

    France

    Born in Paris in 1974, Nicolas Pariser studied law, philosophy, art history and film before starting his career as a film critic for the magazine "Sofa". He then worked for director Pierre Rissient for four years. In 2008, he directed his first short film, LE JOUR OU SEGOLENE A GAGNE and one year later, the medium-length, THE REPUBLIC, recipient of the Jean Vigo award 2010. In 2013, his short AGIT POP was selected at the Semaine de la Critique in Cannes. THE GREAT GAME, his debut feature film, got selected for Locarno Film Festival in 2015. His latest feature film ALICE AND THE MAYOR (2019) premiered at Quinzaine des Réalisateurs.

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