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The Workshop

Laurent Cantet
France 2017 / 113’
The Wild Pear Tree Waiting For The Barbarians

The Workshop by Laurent Cantet, winner of the Palme d'Or for The Class, is a thrilling love story with a strong focus on social issues that is played out between a well-known writer (Marina Foïs, nominated for a César Award for her performance) and an attractive teenager (Matthieu Lucci). It is also an allegorical story about the end of Europe as we know it. The writer and the teenager get to know one another during her writing workshops. The boy's fascination with the ideology of the far right unsettles her, while at the same time inflaming her imagination. In the picturesque scenery of the port city of La Ciotat, they play a dangerous game with surprising twists and turns. The erotic tension in their relationship turns out to be closer to violence. The film is a love letter in which words of desire are written alongside threats. The screenplay was written in collaboration with Robin Campillo, the director of BPM (Beats Per Minute),an award winner at Cannes.

Against Gravity


RiverRun IFF 2018 - Jury Prize Best Screenplay

Laurent Cantet

Born in Melle in 1961, Laurent Cantet is a French director, screenwriter and cinematographer. He makes socially engaged films with a leftist slant inspired by the works of British director Ken Loach. He won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival for The Class (2008).

Selected filmography

1994 Tous à la manif

1999 Zasoby ludzkie / Ressources humaines / Human Resources

2001 Time Out

2008 Klasa / Entre les murs / The Class

2012 Foxfire

2014 Powrót do Itaki / Retour à Ithaque / Return to Ithaca

Cast & Crew

director Laurent Cantet
screenplay Robin Campillo, Laurent Cantet
cinematography Pierre Milon
editing Mathilde Muyard
music Edouard Pons, Bedis Tir
cast Marina Foïs, Matthieu Lucci, Florian Beaujean
producer Denis Freyd
production ARCHIPEL 35
Polish distributor Against Gravity
language French
colouration colour