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The Big Hit
Un triomphe

COMEDY, DRAMA / FRANCE / 2020 / 100 MIN / M

Inspired by remarkable true events, multi award-winning writer Emmanuel Courcol’s rousing, Cannes-selected directorial debut follows a dedicated out-of-work actor (indelibly played by the fabulous Kad Merad, Orchestra Class, AF FFF18) whose life takes an unexpected career turn.

Disillusioned and divorced middle-aged thespian Étienne (Merad) accepts an arts rehabilitation role, leading a theatre workshop group at a correctional facility, under the watchful eye of open-minded but cautious warden Ariane (Marina Hands, Chic!, AF FFF16). His program attracts a motley group, and Étienne, surprised by the raw talent he unearths, comes up with the idea of workshopping Beckett’s Waiting for Godot. To the surprise of many, the play’s existential themes prove to be a natural fit for the inmates, and the connection between the cast and their kind-hearted director grows stronger with every rehearsal... though not without exception, and some very unexpected ramifications.

Inscribed with intelligence and humour, The Big Hit was named Best Comedy of 2020 at this year’s European Film Awards. It’s a deeply empathetic celebration of camaraderie, faith in others (and oneself), and the liberating power of art.

DIRECTED BY:
EMMANUEL COURCOL

STARRING:
KAD MERAD
MARINA HANDS
DAVID NELO AYALA
LAMINE CISSOKHO
SOFIAN KHAMMES

LANGUAGE:
FRENCH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES

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