Fanny Liatard and Jérémy Trouilh make their directorial debut with Gagarine (based on their 2015 short), produced by Julie Billy and Carole Scotta. Their feature stars Alséni Bathily, Jamil Mc Craven, Lyna Khoudri (remarkable in 2019’s Papicha), Finnegan Oldfield, Farida Rahouadj and the iconoclast Denis Lavant. Winner at the prestigious Clermont-Ferrand film festival for shorts, Liatard and Trouilh have received acclaim for this year’s “Blue Dog” and “La République des enchanteurs” in 2017.
Gist: Co-written by Benjamin Charbit (The Trouble With You), 17-year-old Youri, native of the Gagarine housing project in Ivry-sur-Seine, dreams of a space conquest while awaiting the return of his mother. But when the neighborhood is threatened with demolition, Youri attempts to resist the eviction, throwing himself into rescuing his home.
Release Date/Prediction: Completed in September 2019, Gagarine could potentially premiere in Critics’ Week at Cannes 2020.