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2023 TIFF: Ladj Ly’s Les Indésirables to World Preem in Toronto

2023 TIFF: Ladj Ly’s Les Indésirables to World Preem in Toronto

Unless Venice pulls the carpet from underneath them, Ladj Ly won’t following Golden Lion comp preemed/penned Athena by Les Indésirables (aka Bâtiment 5). Instead, it’s Cameron Bailey’s TIFF that have nabbed the world premiere status for the film which is expected to hit French theatres in early December. Ly was one of the rare firs time filmmaker that landed a spot in the Palme d’Or comp and Les Misérables walked away with one of the top prizes (Jury Prize). Perhaps this sophomore film is a thematic or spiritual sequel to his 2019 debut. After Taika Waititi’s Next Goal Wins, this is the second title programmed for Toronto in what we call drip coffee one-off line-up unveilings. Les Indésirables was produced by SRAB Films’ Toufik Ayadi and Christophe Barral who gave us Saint Omer and Vortex.

Penned by Ly and Giordano Gederlini, this is set in the suburbs on the outskirts of Paris, this takes place after the sudden death of a town’s mayor, Pierre (Manenti), an idealistic young doctor, is appointed to replace him. He intends to continue the policy of his predecessor, who dreamed of rehabilitating this working-class neighbourhood. Haby (Diaw), a young French woman of Malian origin living in one of the dilapidated tower blocks, refuses to see her family driven out of the neighbourhood where she grew up. Toplined by creative partner Alexis Manenti and newbie Anta Diaw, this also features Jeanne Balibar, Steve Tientcheu and Aristote Luyindula.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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