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.
RiverRun IFF 2018 - Jury Prize Best Screenplay
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).
1994 Tous à la manif
1999 Zasoby ludzkie / Ressources humaines / Human Resources
2001 Time Out
2008 Klasa / Entre les murs / The Class
2014 Powrót do Itaki / Retour à Ithaque / Return to Ithaca