John McEnroe: In the Realm of Perfection

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    John McEnroe: In the Realm of Perfection

    L'empire de la perfection

    Directed by

    France

    2018

    95 min

    • French
    • English

    Documentary

    An immersive film essay on tennis legend John McEnroe at the height of his career as the world champion, documenting his strive for perfection, frustrations, and the hardest loss of his career at the 1984 Roland-Garros French Open.

    Awards

    • Tagesspiegel Readers’ Jury Award - Berlin IFF

    Festivals

    Labels & Line Ups

    Credits

    Cast
    Mathieu Amalric (Voice-over)
    Screenplay
    Julien Faraut
    Cinematography
    Julien Faraut
    Editing
    Andrei Bogdanov
    Music
    Serge Teyssot-Gay
    Production
    UFO PRODUCTION
    Sales
    FILM CONSTELLATION

    Press

    An attractive blend of tennis and sports psychology in action, John McEnroe: In the Realm of Perfection is an unusual documentary that frees itself from the conventional use of archives to create a very personal narrative (including the voice of Mathieu Amalric in the French version) that is often unpredictable and always fascinating, both visually (due to a variety of processes), in terms of commentary (very stimulating) and on a musical level (primarily composed by Free zone).

    Fabien Lemercier, Cineuropa

    Julien Faraut

    Julien Faraut

    France

    Born in Colombes, France in 1978. In 2000, he earned a master’s degree in History from the University of Paris-Nanterre. He has worked at the French Sports Institute (INSEP) for fifteen years, where he is in charge of the 16mm film collection. He has taken advantage of this collection to make a series of his own films, in which he connects the topics of sport, cinema and art.