Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2016: #77. André Téchiné’s Quand on a 17 ans

André Téchiné's Quand on a 17 ans

Quand on a 17 ans

Director: André Téchiné
Writer(s): Celine Sciamma, André Téchiné

French auteur André Téchiné will be ready with his twenty-first feature in 2016, Quand on a 17 ans (When You’re 17), co-written by director Celine Sciamma. Swiss actor Kacey Mottet Klein of Ursula Meier’s 2012 film Sister and revered French actress Sandrine Kiberlaine headline this tale about adolescent Damien the gay son of a soldier who lives in the barracks with his mother in Southwest France. When his dad is dispatched to Africa, Damien starts to be bullied by Tom, whose own adoptive mother has fallen ill. Tensions rise when Damien’s mom decides to care for Tom due to his own mother’s inability.

Cast: Sandrine Kiberlain, Kacey Mottet Klein, Alexis Loret

Production Co./Producers: Fidelite Films’ Olivier Delbosc and Marc Missonnier, France 2 Cinema

U.S. Distributor: Rights Available. TBD (domestic). Elle Driver (international).

Release Date: Téchiné’s competed at Cannes six times, but the last time with 2003’s Strayed. 2011’s Unforgiveable went to Directors’ Fortnight and In the Name of My Daughter was a Special Screening in 2014. With the added benefit of Sciamma, Kiberlain and an incredibly topical issue, we’re wondering if Téchiné might get a competing slot again considering how the fest opened with Emmanuel Bercot’s thematically comparable Standing Tall in 2015.

Nicholas Bell is a Los Angeles based film critic/journalist for, covering film festivals such as Sundance, Cannes, TIFF, AFI, as well as weekly film reviews. Nicholas is also a regular contributor to men's fashion periodical, MM Magazine. Top Films From Contemporary Film Auteurs: Almodóvar (All About My Mother), Coen Bros. (No Country For Old Men), Dardenne Bros. (The Kid With a Bike), Haneke (The Piano Teacher), Hsiao-Hsien (Flight of the Red Balloon), Kar-wai (In The Mood For Love), Kiarostami (Close-Up), Lynch (Blue Velvet), Tarantino (Inglourious Basterds), Van Sant (My Own Private Idaho), von Trier (Dogville), Zulawski (Possession), Carax (Mauvais Sang)

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