Directed by: Jan Kounen Script: Jan Kounen, Frederic Beigbeder Producer: Alain Goldman Production company: Pathe, Arte France Cinema Cinematography: David Ungaro Editing: Anny Danche Music: Jean-Jacques Hertz, François Roy, Erin O'Hara Cast: Jocelyn Quivrin, Dan Herzberg, Antoine Basler, Dominique Bettenfeld, Nicolas Marié, Arsène Mosca, Jean Dujardin, Patrick Mille
Format: boja, color, 35mm Running time: 100 min
Synopsis Octave is the master of the universe. Octave exercises the profession of copywriter. Today he decides what you will want tomorrow. For him, ‘man is a product like everything else.’ Octave works for the world’s largest advertising agency, Ross & Witchcraft, nicknamed ‘The Ross.’ He’s swimming in money, girls and coke. Even so, he has his doubts. Two events will turn Octave’s life on its head: his love affair with Sophie, the agency’s most beautiful employee, and a meeting at Madone to sell an advertisement to this major company in the milk sector. Gifted Octave loses the plot and decides to rebel against the system that created him, by botching his greatest publicity campaign. From Paris, where agency bosses negociate deals, to Miami, where advertisements get shot while gulping anti-depressants, from Saint Germain De Pres to an isolated island in Central America, will Octave manage to escape his golden prison?
Directors Biography French director Jan Kounen was born in Utrecht, the Netherlands, in 1964. A huge fan of comic strips, he dreamed of making his career drawing them before he turned to animated cinema, which he studied at the School of Decorative Arts in Nice. He caused a sensation in 1994 with Vibroboy, a short film that surprised everyone with its visual audacity and its taste for provocation. Other Worlds is a documentary about the years he spent among Amazon shamans while working on the movie Blueberry. Among his well known films is Doberman (1997) starring Vincent Cassel, Tchéky Karyo and Monica Bellucci.
Location and screening schedule: EUROPA cinema, Tuesday, October 21st at 19.00