| 2019 –  113′  – COMEDY

Written by: Alexis Michalik.
Directed by: Alexis Michalik.
Starring: Thomas Solivérès, Olivier Gourmet, Mathilde Seignier, Tom Leeb, Lucie Boujenah, Alice de Lencquesaing, Clémentine Célarier.
U.S. Premiere COLCOA 2019; Winner American Students Award.
In French with English subtitles.
A Roadside Attractions release. |

Imagine you’re an enthusiastic 20-something playwright in turn-of-the-century Paris, but the only play you’ve ever written was a major dud. Then imagine that, thanks to your old pal Sarah Bernhardt, the most illustrious actor of the day suddenly commissions you to write his next opus. The only problem is you’re totally out of story ideas… and rehearsals begin tomorrow! That playwright’s name is Edmond Rostand and his “new” work-in-progress is entitled Cyrano de Bergerac. Alexis Michalik’s spirited film, based on his hit play, is a pure delight from beginning to end — a delicious romp, brimming with as much comic farce as sly intrigue. It mixes historical fact with a heavy dose of fiction. At its heart, it’s a love letter to the theater and the creative process, painting a gleeful behind-the-scenes portrait of the mind-boggling game-of-chance juggling act every artist confronts as he or she sits facing that terrifyingly blank page. But, this time, Edmond produces a masterpiece. In rhyming couplets and Alexandrine verse, to boot! Olivier Gourmet is brilliant as the over-the-top, scenery-chewing thespian who has the honor of bringing Cyrano to life for the very first time.

















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