Monday, 14th November, 16:00, Belgrade Youth Centre, Belgrade
Monday, 14th November, 18:00, Museum of Contemporary Art of Vojvodina, Novi Sad
Tuesday, 15th novembar, 19:00, Niš Cultural Centre, Niš
The Together Project (fic.)
Director: Sólveig Anspach
Country: France, Iceland
Language: French, English, Icelandic
Subtitle: Serbian, English
Cast: Florence Loiret-Caille, Didda Jónsdóttir, Samir Guesmi, Philippe Rebbot, Olivia Côte, Nina Meurisse, Solène Rigot
Screenplay: Sólveig Anspach, Jean-Luc Gaget
Producer: Patrick Sobelman
Director of Photography: Isabelle Razavet
Editing: Anne Riegel
Music: Martin Wheeler
Production name: Agat Films & Ex Nihilo, Zik Zak Filmworks
Distribution: Five Stars Film Distribution
Samir, a tall, lanky, 40-something crane operator from Montreuil, in the outskirts of Paris, falls head over heels in love with Agathe, a feisty young woman he sees in a café. He discovers she is a swimming instructor at the local public swimming pool, and, for lack of a better plan, he decides to enlist as her student…although he can swim perfectly. But his lie only lasts for three lessons, and Agathe hates liars. The truth surfaces. Agathe is furious, is this the end…?
Born in 1960 in Iceland to an American father and Icelandic mother, Solveig Anspach studied philosophy and clinical psychology in Paris, then directing at La Femis. She began her career in France, making the documentaries Sandrine a Paris, Barbara, Tu n’es Pas Coupable and Que Personne ne Bouge. With a nod to her multiple roots, in Iceland she made Reykjavik, Des Elfes Dans La Ville, selected for Locarno’s Filmmakers of the Present section, and in the United States Made In the USA. Her first fiction feature, Haut Les Coeurs! won its lead performer Karin Viard the César for Best Actress in 2000. In 2003 she made Stormy Weather. She has also directed for television for several years; notable credits include The Rebel, Louise Michel. She died of breast cancer in August 2015. Her final film, The Together Project, was presented posthumously at the Cannes Director’s Fortnight in 2016. It won the SACD award.
Festivals and awards
Directors’ Fortnight SACD Prize, Cannes Film Festival, 2016
Arava Film Festival, 2016
CPH PIX, 2016
Busan International Film Festival, 2016
Filmfest Hamburg, 2016
Just the right balance of goofiness and sincerity.
Jon Frosch, Hollywood Reporter
This is a very gentle comedy of characters and situations, and the more goofy comic contrivances never feel too much at odds with the relaxed character-focused good humour.
Jonathan Romney, Screen Daily