Nights with Theodore
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    Nights with Theodore

    Les Nuits avec Theodore

    Directed by

    France

    2012

    67 min

    • French

    Drama

    A party in Parisian flat.
    Theodore meets Anna.
    Later on, while they walk in the night of Paris, they decide to climb up the fence of the Buttes Chaumont Park.
    There, they will share their first night.
    They will come back the next nights until this strange attraction will begin to separate them.

    Awards

    • FIPRESCI Prize - San Francisco IFF

    Credits

    Cast
    Pio Marmaï
    Agathe Bonitzer
    Screenplay
    Sébastien Betbeder
    Cinematography
    Denis Gaubert
    Editing
    Julie Dupré
    Music
    Sylvain Chauveau

    Director's Statement

    A formal envy is born from this story of Theodore and Anna: Turn the fiction up side down - almost in an experimental way - by the intrusion of a « documentary reality », based on the truth or not (and play with it). The film begins like an historic report on the Buttes Chaumont Park. 20th Century film archives are melted with images from nowadays. When these pictures are shown, we can hear a narrator telling us the story of this place, its construction, its fauna and flora, and that makes us feel like a documentary audience. Then the voice seems to be closer, and speaks about the esoteric part of this Park. We are entering then, in a fiction way, Theodore & Anna’s story, from their meeting to the end of the love affair. This project takes place in the Buttes Chaumont Park. It’s the center of the story of Theodore & Anna. The park is in the 19th area of Paris. It was created in 1867 and is full of mysteries, real or not, that made the imaginary story of this film possible. Theodore & Anna when climbing the fences are leaving the city (which is another place of fiction) to enter another place filled with possibilities. But the park is being addictive, felt and put to test by Theodore, who will drive the story towards a tragic ending.

    Production
    ENVIE DE TEMPETE

    Press

    Sébastien Betbeder

    Sébastien Betbeder

    France

    Something original, magic and indestructible like a pact happens when one of the protagonists faces the screen and addresses the audience.

    Sébastien Betbeder was born in 1975 in Pau, in the west south of France. After passing his degree in the Ecole des Beaux Arts de Bordeaux, he joined Le Fresnoy, The National Studio of Contemporary Arts. He has directed films since 1999, writes features for the radio channel France Culture and taught in the Art and Design School of Geneva from 2008 to 2011. His films LA VIE LOINTAINE (2008), YOSHIDO (LES AUTRES VIES) (2010), LES MAINS D'ANDREA (2011) and 2 AUTUMNS, 3 WINTERS (2013) have screened at the Festival Paris Cinema. His film NIGHTS WITH THEODORE (2012) won the FIPRESCI Prize at San Francisco IFF and 2 AUTUMNS, 3 WINTERS won the Special Jury Award at Torino IFF. His short film INUPILUK won 3 awards at the Clermont-Ferrand ISFF in 2014. In 2016, his film JOURNEY TO GREENLAND was part of the ACID selection at Cannes IFF.

    Selected Filmography