date festival



© Carole Bethuel
La Bête

Bertrand Bonello
2023 - France / Canada - 2h26
int. -12 ans

Screenings : thursday 25 - 7:00 pm - 400 Coups - 5 - followed by a debate with the film directors
In a near future governed by artificial intelligence, human emotions have become a threat. To get rid of them, Gabrielle has to purify her DNA by going back into her past lives. There she finds Louis, the great love of her life. But she is overcome by fear, and a premonition that a catastrophe is about to happen.
Bertrand Bonello
Bertrand Bonello was born in Nice in 1968. He alternates between music and cinema. In 1996, he directed a creative documentary, Qui je suis, based on the work of Pier Paolo Pasolini. His first feature film, Quelque chose d'organique (Something Organic) (1998), was presented at the Berlin Festival (Panorama). Le Pornographe (The Pornographer) (2001), starring Jean-Pierre Léaud, was in Critics' Week in Cannes and won the FIPRESCI prize. In 2003, Tiresia was selected in Competition at the Cannes Festival. The Directors' Fortnight showed De la guerre (On War) in 2008. L'Apollonide - Souvenirs de la maison close (House of Tolerance) (2011) was in Competition at the Cannes Festival and received eight César nominations. Saint Laurent (2014), also in Competition at Cannes, represented France at the Oscars and received ten César nominations. That same year, Bertrand Bonello organised an exhibition at the Centre Pompidou and released an album, Accidents. He continued directing short films and musicals: Cindy, the Doll is Mine (2005), in the Official Selection at Cannes, My New Picture (2007), Where the Boys Are (2010), Ingrid Caven, musique et voix (Ingrid Caven, music and Voice) (2012), all screened at Locarno; Sarah Winchester, opéra fantôme (Sarah Winchester, Phantom Opera) (2016), created for the 3rd stage of the Paris Opera. Nocturama, his seventh feature film, was released in 2016. In 2019, the Directors' Fortnight selected Zombi Child. Coma was presented in competition at the 2022 Berlinale in the Encounters selection. It was awarded the FIPRESCI prize. La Bête (The Beast) (2023) was screened at the Venice Film Festival.

Cast : Léa Seydoux, George MacKay, Guslagie Malanda, Dasha Nekrasova, Martin Scali, Elina Löwensohn, Marta Hoskins, Julia Faure
Screenplay : Bertrand Bonello, Guillaume Bréaud, Benjamin Charbit
Cinematography : Josée Deshaies
Editing : Anita Roth
Music : Anna Bonello, Bertrand Bonello

Production : Les Films du Bélier, My New Picture, Sons of Manual, Arte France Cinéma

French distributor : Ad Vitam Distribution