Willy I
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    Willy I

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    Directed by

    France

    2016

    82 min

    • French

    Fiction

    When his twin brother dies, Willy, 50, finally decides to leave his parents’ home. He moves to a small nearby town to start afresh. «In Caudebec I’ll live. An apartment, I’ll have one. And friends too. And you can all go to hell!» Though a misfit, Willy tries to find his place in a world unknown.

    Awards

    • Grand Prize - IFF Cult

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cast
    Daniel Vannet
    Noémie Lvovsky
    Romain Léger
    Eric Jacquet
    Alexandre Jacques
    Robert Follet
    Geneviève Plet
    Screenplay
    Hugo P. Thomas
    Marielle Gautier
    Ludovic et Zoran Boukherma
    Cinematography
    Thomas Rames
    Editing
    Xavier Sirven
    Héloïse Pelloquet
    Music
    Hugo P. Thomas
    Production
    BAXTER FILMS
    Sales
    ALMA CINEMA

    Press

    When four directors meet a wonderful character, you get... a rhythmic, very successful film.

    Bruno Icher, Télérama

    The non-professional actor delivers a touching and vanity-free performance that combines understated melancholy with deadpan drolleries.

    Boyd van Hoeij, The Hollywood Reporter

    Hugo P. Thomas

    Hugo P. Thomas

    France

    Hugo P. Thomas is a French filmmaker who co-directed ICH BIN EINE TATA and PERRAULT, LA FONTAINE, MY ASS!, which was awarded at Clermont-Ferrand ISFF.

    Selected Filmography

    Marielle Gautier

    Marielle Gautier

    France

    Marielle Gautier was born in Nice in 1987. She made multiple short films before co-directing with Zoran Boukherma, Ludovic Boukherma et Hugo P. Thomas her first feature-length film, WILLY I, which was presented at ACID during Cannes in 2016.

    Ludovic Boukherma & Zoran Boukherma

    Ludovic Boukherma & Zoran Boukherma

    France

    We are attached to the idea of mixing references to the American horror movies we grew up watching and French comedy and drama. We like bringing American monsters to the French countryside we grew up in--where they're not supposed to belong.

    Ludovic and Zoran Boukherma are twin brothers born in 1992 in Marmande, France. They attended L'École de la Cité in Paris, the film and television school founded by Luc Besson in 2012. In 2016, at the age of 23, they co-directed their first feature film WILLY I (2016), with Marielle Gautier and Hugo Thomas. It was selected at ACID in Cannes and won the d’Ornano-Valenti Award for Best French First Film. Prior films include PERRAULT, LA FONTAINE, MY ASS! (2014), which was awarded at Clermont-Ferrand ISFF, and ICH BIN EINE TATA (2015). Their latest film, TEDDY (2020), is the first they’ve directed by themselves and was an official selection at Cannes.

    Selected Filmography