SYNOPSIS During the course of a year, Alain Cavalier and Vincent Lindon, the filmmaker and the comedian, the president and his prime minister, have seen and filmed each other. In “Pater,” they are present in the flesh and in their collaborated fiction.
AWARDS Nominated for César 2012 – Best Director (Alain Cavalier) and Best Film
Cannes 2011 – Palme d’or nominee
REVIEWS The NewYork Times: “Alain Cavalier, a filmmaker who cuts a distinctivefigure, is back in competition with ‘Pater’. Mr Cavalier, 79, shot his filmwith a handheld camera and the audacity of a pioneer”.
TheHollywood Reporter: “Witty, urbaine and quintessentially French.”
A graduate of L’Institutdes hautes études cinématographiques along with Louis Malle, Alain Cavalier flourished as a filmmaker in the midst of the French Nouvelle Vague. His singular style and cinematic vision, however,distinguished him from his rootless, spirited, revolutionary New Wavecontemporaries. Instead, Cavalier perfected his art in the political thrillergenre with “Le combat dans l’île” and “L’Insoumis”, and later explored morephilosophical themes in “Un étrange voyage” and “Thérèse,” which were awardedrespectively the Césars for Best Film in 1982 and Best Direction in 1987.Thérèse also won the Prix du Jury atCannes in 1986. After dedicating his 2009 film “Irene” to the woman he lovedafter her passing, the 79 year old director returned to Cannes in 2011 with thepremiere of his latest film “Pater”, an improvised adventure, entirely shot ona handheld camera that observes the intimate power dynamics and filial natureof a president / prime minister, director / actor’srelationship.
FILMOGRAPHY Le Combat dans l’île (1962) L’Insoumis (1964) Mise à sac (1967) La Chamade (1968) Le Plein de super (1976) Ce répondeur ne prend pas de message (1978) Martin et Léa (1978) Un étrange voyage (1981) Thérèse (1986) Portraits (1991) Libera me (1993) La Rencontre (1996) Vies (2000) René (2011) Le Filmeur (2004) Les Braves (2007) Irène (2009) Pater (2011)