Paris, 13th Arrondissement Trailer Stars Lucie Zhang In A French Film

Two-time BAFTA-winning director Jacques Audiard presented his latest film Paris, 13th arrondissement at the Cannes Film Festival last year, where he had already won the Palme d’Or in 2015 for Dheepan. This Friday, March 18, we not only received a brand new teaser trailer for the French filmmaker’s pic, but we also got confirmation that it will be released in theaters and on VOD.

An adaptation of the American artist by Adrian Tomine graphic novels about disillusioned young people trying to find their place, Paris, 13th arrondissement takes place, as the title suggests, in the capital of France, more precisely, in certain buildings of the 13th arrondissement. The black-and-white film offers viewers an intimate look at four lives that come together in a romantic quadrangle. Emily (Lucia Zhang), call center operator, meets Camille (Makita Samba), a teacher who fell in love with Nora (Noemie Merlant)a student in her thirties, who in turn strikes up an unexpected affair with Amber (Jenny Beth), a sex worker.


For the most part, the trailer released by IFCFilms focuses on the two main characters, Camille and Émilie. We see snippets of their relationship, from moments of intimacy to disagreements and conflicts, from lighthearted and inconsequential conversations to deep existential questions. We can tell from the trailer alone, in its pacing and composition, that the film is a reflection of love, life and intimacy in the modern age of technology and online dating. online where everything is so fast and more easily accessible than ever.

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Audiard co-wrote the screenplay with Celine Sciamma (Portrait of a lady on fire), and Lea Mysius (Ava). Paris, 13th arrondissement is a production in association with France 2 Cinéma. The film shot during the Covid-19 confinement lasts 106 minutes. And unsurprisingly – because it’s a French film and French films aren’t shy about explicitly depicting love and intimacy – Rated R. At Cannes, the film won the Cannes Soundtrack Award and was nominated for both the Palme d’Or and the Queer Palm. You can watch Audiard’s intimate take on modern romance when Paris, 13th arrondissement hits theaters and VOD April 15, 2022. Check out the trailer and poster below:


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