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BELLE EPINE is built up on moments, sensations, atmospheres that stand as many miracles of accuracy, strength, sensitivity
Prudence Friedman is a 17-years-old girl who has just lost her mother. Suddenly left to her own devices in the family apartment, she meets Marilyne, a high school rebellious girl who let her discover the underground circuit of Rungis, where bikers gangs dangerously ride on small and big stolen motorcycles. Fascinated by the circuit and its members, Reynald, Franck and the rest of them, Prudence tries to find her own place, trying to mask her solitude with a search of freedom.
Semaine de la Critique Cannes
Louis-Delluc Prize for Best First Film
Cast: Léa Seydoux, Anaïs Demoustier, Agathe Schlencker, Johan Libereau, Guillaume Gouix
Production: Les Films Velvet / DistributionPyramide Distribution
The first feature film by Rebecca Zlotowski is a French teen movie that follows the footsteps of a teenager left to her own devices. Introduced by her highschool friend, the 17 year old Prudence Friedman will discover the underworld of Rungis bikers, on the fringes of society. Zlotowski creates the metaphor of the roaring big motorcycles, the dangerous atmosphere of racing as images of sexual desire and exploration of the forbidden, in search of freedom. Between encounters with wild boys and first love, BELLE ÉPINE draws the portrait of a fascinating and fascinated young woman, ironically named Prudence, in whom the temptations of risk and of night open new horizons. Léa Seydoux finds one of her first major roles.
Olivier Père, Director of ARTE France Cinéma
I'm not interested in perversity. I rather care about seduction.
In 2003, Rebecca Zlotowski enters La Fémis, one of the most prestigious film schools, in the screenwriting program. For her first feature film BELLE ÉPINE (2010), which is also her graduation film, the young woman immediately draws the attention of her peers: the film is selected at the Semaine de la Critique in Cannes and it leads her principal actress, Léa Seydoux, the nomination for the César Award of the Best female hope in 2011. Alongside her directorial contributions, she signs the scenarios of JIMMY RIVIÈRE (2011), directed by Teddy Lussi-Modeste with Guillaume Gouix and Béatrice Dalle, and MALGRÉ NIGHT (2015), directed by Philippe Grandrieux. In 2013, Rebecca Zlotowski returns to Cannes with Léa Seydoux once again with her new film GRAND CENTRAL, selected at Cannes Un Certain Regard. She is member of the Cinéfondation and short films jury of the Cannes Film Festival in 2015, under the jury president Abderrahmane Sissako. For her third film, Rebecca Zlotowski marks the international scene with PLANETARIUM (2016), starring Natalie Portman and Lily-Rose Depp. In 2019, her film AN EASY GIRL is presented at La Quianzaine des Réalisateurs, where it receives the SACD (Society of Dramatic Authors and Composers) award.