date festival


Sport and cinema

© Twentieth Century Fox
Ford v Ferrari

James Mangold
2019 - United States - 2h32

Screenings : saturday 27 - 8:30 pm - Grand Théâtre
A team of eccentric American engineers led by the visionary Carroll Shelby and his British driver Ken Miles are hired by Henry Ford II to build a new car from scratch to dethrone Ferrari at the 1966 Le Mans 24 Hours race.
“In this type of film – about racing, and in general about sport – the principle is always the same: you lose, you lose again, you pick yourself up, you get up again, and then one day you win. It's basic, it's the minimum expected. Budding cowboys racing at 200 km/h. From Howard Hawks (The Crowd Roars, Red Line 7000) to the Wachowskis' Speed Racer, it is a cinematic tradition involving endurance, (bad and good) tricks, laps, speed, rugged individualism and immature men devoted to their passion, which they have turned into a dangerous business. And there is always an exceptional story of male friendship.
“Inspired by a true friendship,
Ford v Ferrari has all the Hawksian qualities of materialistic heroism. The magnificent relationship throughout between hothead Miles (Christian Bale, absorbed in his dream of great speed) and determined and cautious pioneering Texan engineer Shelby (Damon), is ideally triangulated by the love crowned by the passion shared between Miles and Mollie, his wife (Caitriona Balfe, with the ideal Hawksian curve), who looks at ‘her' men with an avowed complicity, with the detachment needed not to think about fear. (...)" (Camille Nevers; Libération)

Cast : Matt Damon, Christian Bale, Jon Bernthal, Caitríona Balfe, Josh Lucas
Screenplay : Jez Butterworth, John-Henry Butterworth, Jason Keller
Cinematography : Phedon Papamichael
Editing : Andrew Buckland, Michael McCusker, Dirk Westervelt
Music : Marco Beltrami, Buck Sanders

Production : Chernin Entertainment, TSG Entertainment, Turnpike Films, Twentieth Century Fox

French distributor : The Walt Disney Company France