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Top 20 Alternative Picks for Cannes 2012: Alice Winocour’s Augustine

Augustine – Alice Winocour

Buzz: Selected as a Special Screening status for this year’s Critics’ Week, it was no secret to us that Alice Winocour was going to premiere her directorial debut at a festival that has strongly supported her as a screenwriter. Scribe for 2009’s Ordinary People, we dug her outline for 2008’s Home, which was a flawed directing outing for Ursula Meier. With a strong trio of players in Vincent Lindon, Soko and Chiara Mastroianni, we certainly think that this might announce the arrival of a new French helmer worth keeping tabs on.

Gist: Paris, winter 1885. At the Pitié -Salpêtriere Hospital, Professor Charcot is studying a mysterious illness : hysteria. Augustine, 19 years old, becomes his favorite guinea pig, the star of his demonstrations of hypnosis. The object of his studies will soon become the object of his desire…

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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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