Luna Leederville Cinema
Cédric Jimenez’s status as one of France’s most successful contemporary directors has been cemented with his captivating new thriller, an edge-of- your seat deep-dive into one of the most incredible manhunts in European history. After premiering to acclaim at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival, November stormed the local box office to become the most successful French film of the year (achieving a spectacular 2.4 million admissions).
Led by an all-star cast of iconic talent, November powerfully explores the perspective of the lead investigators of the French anti-terrorism services, working against the clock in the aftermath of the 2015 attacks across Paris. The unit led by Héloise (Sandrine Kiberlain, Another World AF FFF22) and her closest associates, Fred (Jean Dujardin, The Artist) and Inès (Anaïs Demoustier, Anaïs in Love, AF FFF22), having been caught off guard, assembles under immense pressure.
With the Interior Ministry pushing for results, and almost overwhelmed with the weight of the responsibility, they’re faced with the near- impossible task of catching the culprits before they can strike again... Focusing on the highly-charged pursuit – and the moral and ethical boundaries it pushes – rather than on the crimes themselves, Jimenez delivers breathtaking action and suspense.
Fans of The Bureau and the iconic ‘policier’ thrillers of the 70s should not miss November.
Brendan Augustin grew up in Penang, Malaysia before moving to Australia as a 17-year-old. He graduated with double degrees in Commerce and Laws from the Australian National University, following which he joined the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade where he spent almost 15 years. During this time, he undertook diplomatic assignments in Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei and France. After leaving DFAT, he worked in senior roles in the private sector included international assignments in Mauritania, Cameroon, and Timor Leste. Brendan returned to Perth in 2013 working in international government relations and business development covering Africa, Asia, Latin America and Europe. He was appointed President of the Western Australia Branch of the Australian Institute of International Affairs (AIIA) in July 2021 and serves on the National Board of the AIIA, Australia’s longest-existing private research institute on politics and international relations with a mission to help Australians know, understand, and engage more in international affairs. He speaks several languages – to varying degrees of proficiency – including French, Indonesian, Malay, Spanish, Tetum, and Portuguese. He also has Master of Arts from Monash University. Having lived and worked in France, North Africa and other Francophone countries for several years as a political and policy analyst, Brendan has firsthand knowledge and experience of the political, social and economic context that forms the background of the film November. He will provide his views of this context and the challenges that this posits for modern French society as treated by the film.