Cézanne And I(EUFF 2017)
  • Opening on 24-02-2017
  • 117 minutes
  • French (Chinese, English Subtitle)

The film traces the decade-long friendship between the impressionist artist, Paul Cézanne and the naturalist novelist, Émile Zola, two of France’s most influential cultural figures in the19th century. Met at the age of thirteen, the two young boy becomes school pals and grew up to share the same dreams, ambitions and even a mutual love of art and girl. Cézanne, who was born in a rich but conventional family, later struggled to make a living as a painter, while Zola, who came from a poor background, achieved as a novelist. In 1888, a nearly 50-year-old Cezanne confronts Zola again for his novel L’Oeuvre in which the main character, a poor failed painter, is believed of having resembled Cezanne… The film multiply represents these two cultural figures’ mysterious life, not only underlining the artistic arguments between Zola’s social-based writing and Cezanne’s stylishly formalistic painting, but also intimately referring to their private life and sexual experiences.

Director Danièle Thompson
Cast Guillaume Canet, Guillaume Gallienne, Alice Pol