Avenue B Productions (Caroline Bonmarchand)
Laurent Lafitte, Luana Bajrami, Victor Bonnel, Emmanuelle Bercot, Pascal Greggory, Gringe, Grégory Montel, Véronique Ruggia-Saura, Thomas Scimeca, Adèle Castillon, Matteo Perez, Thomas Guy, Léopold Buchsbaum
Benjamin Laurent, Emmanuel Croset
Based on the novel “L’heure de la sortie” by Christophe Dufossé
L’heure de la sortie
A high school teacher throws himself from the classroom window before the terrified eyes of his students. Despite the tragedy, six of them remain oddly cool and unemotional. Pierre, the new substitute teacher, notices the hostile behaviour of this close-knit clique. Smart and precocious, the six teenagers seem to be preparing a mysterious plan after school. Pierre becomes obsessed with them and is quickly sucked into their sinister game. His life soon turns into a nightmare.
It was over fifteen years ago that I first read the novel School’s Out by Christophe Dufossé and, ever since then, the idea of making a film from the book never left me. The book awoke a torrent of images inside of me as well as an omnipresent question: how can the impenetrability of the adolescent world be staged and brought to the screen?
Through the eyes of a young teacher, we discover a class of precocious children until we hit a wall... It’s once the wall cracks that we’re able to catch a glimpse of the world we will leave to the next generation.
I wanted the film to be suspense-filled and play like a thriller, but at the same time I definitely think of it as a political film in which we see a great tragedy unfolding before us, and viscerally feel the inexorable failure of the world. Do we always have to wait for a catastrophe to occur before our collective conscience can begin taking shape?
PRODUCTION: Avenue B Productions
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75009, Paris – France
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WORLD SALES: Panahi Hengameh - Celluloid Dreams
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75009, Paris - France
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