Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square

(La belle saison)

Year: 2015
Country: FRANCE
Run Time: 105 minutes


Time offers little mercy for star-crossed lovers. Delphine is a young woman who’s broken free of her family’s farm in southern France to head for bustling Paris in the 1970s. After a chance meeting leads her to Carole, the gutsy force behind an outspoken woman’s liberation group, Delphine becomes enraptured with her free spirit. Carole, though already engaged to the progressive Manuel, submits to her advances and begins stealing away for impassioned rendezvous. As desire reaches its swelling peak and Carole reveals their trysts to Manuel, fate unravels the romance when a health emergency sends Delphine back to her hometown. Carole clings desperately to the hope of maintaining their relationship in spite of the small town’s gossip and prejudice. They protect their secrecy with flings in the lush, rural landscapes, but know they can only remain hidden for so long. The push and pull in SUMMERTIME is a kinetic one that bursts with both sexual awakenings and the devastation of an era in which love must be denied. (In French with subtitles) –N.D.

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Reel Women Direct Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman

Catherine Corsini

Catherine Corsini was born in 1956 and spent her early years in Seine-et-Marne, France. She studied at the National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts and has an extensive career as a director, writer, and actress.

"La répétition" (1999), "The Very Merry Widows" (2003), "Les ambitieux" (2006), "Leaving" (2009), "Three Worlds" (2012), SUMMERTIME (2015)

Elisabeth Perez

Catherine Corsini, Laurette Polmanss

Jeanne Lapoirie

Frédéric Baillehaiche

Principal Cast
Cécile De France, Izia Higelin, Noémie Lvovsky, Kévin Azaïs

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