Ulysses & Mona
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    Ulysses & Mona

    Directed by

    France

    2018

    82 min

    • French

    Drama

    Contemporary World Cinema - Toronto IFF

    Ulysses, fifty-five years old, is a Contemporary artist. Four years ago, Ulysses ran away from his family and put an end to his career. Nowadays, he lives alone, with his dog Joseph, in an old manor in the middle of the forest. He spends his days playing tennis on his own against a pitching machine or listening to horror movies soundtracks. In short, Ulysse is bored to death, but he is too proud to admit it. Mona is twenty and is an arts student. Her life as an artist couldn't be more uneventful, between still, nude drawing workshops or theory classes, taught by geriatric teachers. Mona decides out of the blue to go and meet Ulysse. After a laborious first attempt and some misfortune, both of them will end up on a journey that will change their lives forever.

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    Cast
    Manal Issa
    Eric Cantona
    Mathis Romani
    Marie Vialle
    Nicolas Avinee
    Screenplay
    Sébastien Betbeder
    Cinematography
    Romain Le Bonniec
    Editing
    Céline Canard
    Music
    Minizza
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    CERCAMON
    Production
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    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.

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