The Zola Experience

L'experience Zola

26th TIDF: Greek Premiere

An unpredictable, free and inexhaustibly thought-provoking game of reflections transports us along the elusive boundary separating fantasy from reality, but intertwining art with life. A young actress and theater director is busy preparing for a theatrical adaptation of Emile Zola’s chef-d'oeuvre L’Assommoir – one of the first naturalistic portrayals of the proletariat’s harsh reality. However, during rehearsals, she senses that the role of Gervaise Macquart, of a woman moving from Provence to Paris and struggling to survive a trying marriage (and world), gives voice to her own untold trauma. As one of the most significant emerging stars in contemporary documentary filmmaking delves into alcoholism, domestic violence and working in a male-dominated environment in a unique fashion, a simple yet sobering question arises: In our own lives, which role are we ultimately called upon to perform?

Screening Schedule

No physical screenings scheduled.

Available at the Agora Market TIDF26.

Direction: Gianluca Matarrese
Script: Gianluca Matarrese, Anne Barbot, Benoît Dallongeville
Cinematography: Kevin Brunet, Gianluca Matarrese
Editing: Giorgia Villa, Gianluca Matarrese
Sound: Dana Farzanehpour, Anthony Gallet
Music: Cantautoma
Actors: Anne Barbot, Benoît Dallongeville
Production: Bellota Films, Stemal Entertainment
Producers: Dominique Barneaud, Donatella Palermo
Format: DCP
Color: Color
Production Country: Italy, France
Production Year: 2023
Duration: 104'
Contact: Syndicado Film Sales

Gianluca Matarrese


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