Paris 05:59: Theo & Hugo
New York Premiere Teddy Audience Award, Berlinale; Best International Feature, FilmOut San Diego; Best Feature Film, Guadalajara International Film Festival
Dir: Olivier Ducastel & Jacques Martineau, France, 2016, 97 mins, in French with English subtitles
SHORTBUS meets WEEKEND in this year’s Audience Award winner at the Teddys, an erotic, dazzling, real-time drama from the directors of CÔTE D’AZUR. The titular characters meet at an underground Paris sex club and have a passionate first encounter which is captured in a hypnotic, sexually explicit, and almost surreal 18-minute opening sequence. Afterwards, the two spend the rest of the early morning hours wandering the streets of Paris and getting to know each other in ways that are both lyrical (bicycling through empty streets) and dramatic (waiting for HIV test results at a hospital) in this touching story of lust and love.
Writers: Olivier Ducastel & Jacques Martineau Cast: Geoffrey Couet, Francois Nambot, Georges Daaboul, Elodie Adler, Jeffry Kaplow, Marief Guittier