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Top 100 Most Anticipated Films of 2012: #5. Something in the Air (Après mai)

With Assayas currently on a roll with Carlos and Summer Hours, we imagine this coming-of-age project as in the vein of The Dreamers with perhaps some biographical elements embedded in the protagonist (first time actor Clement Metaye plus the co-lead is Lola Créton who is the latest icon in French auteur cinema as she was recently seen in Catherine Breillat’s Bluebird and in Assayas’ significant other Mia Hansen-Løve’s Goodbye First Love.

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#05. Something in the Air (Après mai)

Director/Writer: Olivier Assayas
Producers: MK2’s Charles Gillibert (On the Road), Marin Karmitz and Nathanaël Karmitz (Summer Hours)
Distributor: IFC Films

The Gist: Written by Assayas, set during the 70’s, Gilles (Clement Metayer), is a high school student in Paris who is swept up in the political fever of the time. Yet his real dream is to paint and make films, something that his friends and even his girlfriend cannot understand. For them, politics is everything, the political struggle all consuming. But Gilles gradually becomes more comfortable with his life choices, and learns to feel at ease in this new society…(more)

Cast: Newcomer Clement Metayer and Lola Créton topline.

List Worthy Reasons…: With Assayas currently on a roll with Carlos and Summer Hours, we imagine this coming-of-age project as in the vein of The Dreamers with perhaps some biographical elements embedded in the protagonist (first time actor Clement Metaye plus the co-lead is Lola Créton who is the latest icon in French auteur cinema as she was recently seen in Catherine Breillat’s Bluebird and in Assayas’ significant other Mia Hansen-Løve’s Goodbye First Love.

Release Date/Status?: Currently in production, the French distributor has pegged the film with a September release which means this is looking to be a no-show for Cannes and obviously readied for Venice. IFC picked the film up early, so a theatrical release around NYFF time is definitely in the cards.

 
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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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