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Le Tableau volé

Pascal Bonitzer
2024 - France - 1h31

Screenings : monday 22 - 8:30 pm - Grand Théâtre - presented and followed by a debate with the film directors - Louise Chevillotte and Laurence Côte - actresss
One day, André Masson, an auctioneer at the famous Scottie's auction house, receives a letter claiming that a painting by Egon Schiele has been found in the home of a young worker in Mulhouse. He is highly sceptical, but nevertheless goes to see the painting and is forced to face the facts: the work is authentic, a masterpiece that has been missing since 1939, stolen by the Nazis. André sees this discovery as the pinnacle of his career, but it is also the start of a battle that could jeopardise it. Fortunately, he is helped by his ex-wife and colleague Bertina, and his whimsical intern Aurore...
A former editor at the Cahiers du cinéma, Pascal Bonitzer made his screenwriting debut in 1976 when he took part in the adaptation of Michel Foucault's Moi, Pierre Rivière, ayant égorgé ma mère, ma sœur et mon frère for René Allio, before going on to work with former Cahiers editors Pascal Kané, Jean-Louis Comolli, André Techiné and, above all, Jacques Rivette. Several well-known directors have also called on his talents as a scriptwriter, including Raoul Ruiz, Barbet Schroeder and, more recently, Catherine Breillat.
Later on in his career, in 1996, he turned to directing, making his first feature,
Encore, a comedy in the form of an ironic self-portrait of the amorous trials and tribulations of a university professor. The film was marked by incisive, witty dialogue, a quality that is repeated in Rien sur Robert (Nothing About Robert) (1999), his second feature with Fabrice Luchini. Wanting to move away from pure comedy, Pascal Bonitzer ventured into the fantastic with his next films, two darkly humorous comedies of manners, Petites coupures (Small Cuts) (with Daniel Auteuil, 2003) and Je pense à vous (Made in Paris) (2006), co-written by Marina De Van. The following year he directed his first commissioned film, Le Grand Alibi (The Great Alibi), adapted from a novel by Agatha Christie, starring – as befits the genre – a host of actors, from Miou-Miou and Lambert Wilson to Valeria Bruni Tedeschi and Caterina Murino.
He returned to work with Jean-Pierre Bacri alongside his daughter Agathe Bonitzer and the very fashionable Vincent Lacoste in the drama
Tout de suite maintenant (Right Here, Right Now), set in the world of finance. In 2019, he explored the fantasy genre with Les Envoûtés (Spellbound), starring Sara Giraudeau and Nicolas Duvauchelle, in which a freelance journalist is sent deep into the Pyrenees to interview an artist who claims to have seen the ghost of his mother appear to him at the moment of her death. Le Tableau vole (Auction) is his latest film.

Cast : Alex Lutz, Léa Drucker, Nora Hamzawi, Louise Chevillotte, Arcadi Radeff, Laurence Côte, Matthieu Lucci, Alain Chamfort, Olivier Rabourdin
Screenplay : Pascal Bonitzer
Cinematography : Pierre Milon
Editing : Monica Coleman
Music : Alexei Aigui

Production : SBS Productions

French distributor : Pyramide