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Florida Premiere

DIRECTED BY Louis Garrell

Country: France
Language: French
Subtitles: English
Original Title: LES DEUX AMIS

Running Time: 92min
Film Year: 2015
Category: Cinema 360º

Mona is one of those alluring French beauties that drive men crazy. She toils at a Paris train station sandwicherie, where even her most mundane activity appears as incandescent to Vincent, her secret admirer. Vincent feels just as much a peripheral figure in his personal life as he does in his professional life—he’s an aspiring actor stuck doing extra work—and is perpetually harassing his only friend, the very handsome Abel, for advice. What Vincent doesn’t know is that Mona is on a conditional parole and spends her nights at a prison where she must clock in and out at precisely monitored times. Abel, meanwhile, spies an opportunity for himself with Mona—and who wouldn’t?

Mona is played by the intensely magnetic Iranian actress Golshifteh Farahani, star of the unforgettable 2013 Festival selection The Patience Stone. Abel, meanwhile, is played by the popular French actor Louis Garrel, who makes his directorial debut with this charming, dégagé romance based on a script he co-wrote with Christophe Honoré, who directed him in My Mother and Love Songs. As befits the star of Bertolluci’s woozy The Dreamers and his own father Philippe Garrel’s Jealousy, a fascination with the id, and the comic sexual fallouts that circle round it, lies at the heart of Two Friends. – Jaie Laplante


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Director: Louis Garrell
Producer: Anne-Dominique Toussaint
Screenwriter: Louis Garrel, Christophe Honoré

Music: Philippe Sarde
Cinematographer: Claire Mathon
Editor: Joelle Hache

Cast: Golshifteh Farahani, Vincent Macaigne, Louis Garrel

Louis Garrell

Louis Garrel is from Paris. He acts for both the stage and film. He won the César for Most Promising Actor for Regular Lovers (05), directed by his father Philippe Garrel, and appeared at last year’s Festival in Saint Laurent (14) and this year in My King (15). Two Friends (15) is his feature directorial debut.