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If, by definition, escape means a prisoner escaping from the prison where they are being held, the Festival Premiers Plans wanted to push back the bars a little and bring in a few outsiders. This is the case of Buster Keaton, who in Sherlock Jr. (1924) escapes... through mind power! Elsewhere, you will find some great escape film classics, starting with two legendary French filmmakers, Robert Bresson with Un condamné à mort s'échappé (A Man Escaped) (1956) and Jacques Becker with Le Trou (The Hole) (1960). Each in their own way are experimental films, which are must-sees in theatres, to feel the self-sacrifice of the characters, the repetition of their gestures and the mastery of the rhythm creating a kind of alternative reality.

Escape can also take the path of a fiery road-movie like Thelma and Louise's (1991) leap for freedom, or the French drama Le Petit Prince a dit (And the Little Prince Said) by Christine Pascal (1992). It can also take the form of emancipation from a dark influences and psychological confinement, like in Deniz Gamze Ergüven's Mustang (2015). Fifteen films connected by a lust for life which cannot be contained!

Short films
The Adventurer Charles Chaplin United States 1917 24mn
Sherlock Jr. Buster Keaton United States 1924 45mn

Feature films
La Grande Illusion Jean Renoir France 1937 1h53
Little Fugitive Morris Engel, Ruth Orkin United States 1953 1h20
A Man Escaped Robert Bresson France 1956 1h41
The Defiant Ones Stanley Kramer United States 1958 1h36
The Hole Jacques Becker France / Italy 1960 2h11
Wanda Barbara Loden United States 1970 1h42
Down by Law Jim Jarmusch United States 1986 1h47
Thelma & Louise Ridley Scott United States / United Kingdom / France 1991 2h10
And the Little Prince Said Christine Pascal France / Switzerland 1992 1h45
Chicken Run Peter Lord, Nick Park United Kingdom / United States / France 2000 1h24
Ne me libérez pas, je m'en charge Fabienne Godet France 2009 1h47
Mustang Deniz Gamze Ergüven Turkey / France / Germany / Qatar 2015 1h37
This Train I Ride Arno Bitschy France 2019 1h18

The Hole © 1960 Studiocanal Magic Film S.P.A Thelma & Louise