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Adele: Chapters 1 & 2

Abdellatif Kechiche
La vie d’Adèle – Chapitre 1 & 2
France, Belgium, Spain 2013 / 179’

Tomboy Adele is 15 years old, dressed in jeans and hair styled in a messy ponytail. She comes from an ordinary family, where the climax of culinary sophistication is her father’s spaghetti, which she devours, speaking with her mouth open. Adele is also consumed with a passion for books. She is beautiful, but she doesn’t know it. Samir, a friend from school, is suitable for a first boyfriend. The sex turns out to be nice, but something is missing. Everything comes together when Emma appears in Adele’s life – a bright-haired, somewhat older artist. Sure of herself and her psychosexual identity, the woman ushers Adele into a world of fulfilment, desire that is stronger than the need to breathe and love – for a woman. In Emma’s arms Adele takes shape, learning to move through life with her own, sure step. The sensuality and strength of the relationship between Adele and Emma are almost embarrassing. When the two women are on the screen, nothing else exists. Beautiful in all their flaws, memorable in their desire for love, these heroines raise this story, embedded in a very specific context, to a universal level comprehensible to anyone with a beating heart.


Cannes IFF 2013 – Golden Palm for Best Film, FIPRESCI Prize

Abdellatif Kechiche

Abdellatif Kechiche was born in 1960 in Tunis. Before he began his directing career, he was recognised as a theatre and film actor. In 2000 he debuted as a director with Blame It on Voltaire, which was awarded a Golden Lion for best debut at the festival in Venice. Three years later he received three César awards for Games of Love and Chance. Kechiche’s The Secret of the Grain (8th NH) received César awards and other distinctions in Venice. The latest work by this director achieved a Golden Palm at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

Selected filmography

2000 Wina Woltera / La faute a Voltaire / Blame It on Voltaire

2003 Unik / L’esquive / Games of Love and Chance

2007 Tajemnica ziarna / La graine et le mullet / The Secret of the Grain

2010 Czarna Wenus / Vénus noire / Black Venus

2013 Życie Adeli – Rozdział 1 i 2 / La vie d’Adèle – Chapitre 1 & 2 / Adele: Chapters 1 & 2

Cast & Crew

director Abdellatif Kechiche
screenplay Abdellatif Kechiche, Ghalia Lacroix, based on the comix by Julie Maroh
cinematography Sofian El Fani
editing Ghalia Lacroix, Albertine Lastera, Jean-Marie Lengelle, Camille Toubkis
sound Jean-Paul Hurier, Jérôme Chenevoy
cast Adèle Exarchopoulos, Léa Seydoux, Salim Kechiouche, Jérémie Laheurte, Aurélien Recoing
producer Brahim Chioua, Vincent Maraval, Genevieve Lemal, Laurence Clerc, Olivier Théry-Lapiney
production Wild Bunch, Quat'sous Films, Alcatraz Film, France 2 Cinéma, Scope Pictures, Vértigo Films, Radio Télévision Belge Francophone, Canal+, Ciné+, France 2, Eurimages, Région Nord-Pas-de-Calais
Polish distributor Gutek Film
language French, Portuguese, English
colouration colour