PLOT 35 [CARRÉ 35]

11/19/2018 22:00 – Murnau-Filmtheater

France/Germany 2017 67 min French original version with German subtitles

by Eric Caravaca

Script: Eric Caravaca, Arnaud Cathrine, DoP: Jerzy Palacz, Editor: Simon Jacquet, Production: Les Films du Poisson, Producers: Laetitia Gonzalez, Yaël Fogiel, with: members of the Caravaca family

Eric Caravaca tells the story of his sister, who died in Morocco as a baby before Eric himself was born. The family doesn’t speak about her, and there are no photographs of her either. Gradually the film uncovers an unsettling tragedy – the suspected family secret is revealed to be the secret of an entire generation. The film explores society’s relationship to individuals with mental and physical disabilities.

“PLOT 35 is a place that was never mentioned in my family; it is where my elder sister, who died aged three, is buried. The sister about whom I was told nothing, or nearly nothing, and of whom my parents had oddly never kept a single photograph. It was to make up for the missing images that I decided to make this film. Thinking that I would simply chronicle a forgotten life, in fact I opened up the hidden door to a past that I was unaware of, to the subconscious memory that lies inside each of us and which makes us what we are.” (Eric Caravaca)

Eric Caravaca, born in Rennes/France in 1966, is a French actor, film director and screenwriter. He studied literature while taking acting lessons. After obtaining his degree, he left for Paris, where he joined l’École nationale supérieure d’arts et techniques du théâtre, and completed his formation at the Conservatoire national supérieur d’art dramatique. He then went to New York City in 1993, where he studied at the Actors Studio for a year. Upon his return to France, he began his career in theatre and gained attention in Samuel Beckett’s “Waiting for Godot”. He directed his first film THE PASSENGER in 2005, in which he also played a role, opposite Julie Depardieu, which was presented at the Venice Film Festival.

Awards (selection): Audience Award for Best Documentary (Festival International du Film Francophone de Namur, France 2018), Grand Prix (French Film Festival Tübingen-Stuttgart/Germany 2018)


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