Cleveland International Film Festival } March 25 – April 5, 2020 } Tower City Cinemas

A Violent Life
(Une Vie Violente)


Year: 2017
Country: FRANCE
Run Time: 107 minutes

A Violent Life
A Violent Life
A Violent Life
A Violent Life

In the 18th century, Corsica was secretly sold to France. Nationalist fury resisted this conquest and the struggle to regain Corsica began. Now fragmented into factions, the fight continues into the 21st century, consuming lives as it goes. One such life belongs to Stephane, a passionate and idealistic young man who is ripe for radicalization by the movement with the most persuasive rhetoric. He encounters this group in jail after he is caught smuggling weapons. Enlisting his friends in their cause, together they begin the savage descent into terrorism. As violence escalates, the movement frays under internal paranoia, competing nationalists, and the exploitation of organized crime. Lives are thrown into the bonfire that few truly understand who lit and why. A VIOLENT LIFE is a realistic and brutal look at men and women drawn into inherited conflicts, where the corruption of patriotism and ideals exacts the same price in human suffering and blood. This is fearless and unsettling cinema that, in today’s world, we ignore at our peril. (In French with subtitles) —C.R.

CIFF42 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Monday, April 09, 2018 at 5:00 PM

Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at 8:40 PM

World Tour

International Narrative Competition


Thierry de Peretti

Actor, stage director, and filmmaker Thierry de Peretti was born in Ajaccio, France in 1970. He recently staged “The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant” by R.W. Fassbinder at Théâtre de l’Œuvre.

Sleepwalkers (2011), Apaches (2013), A VIOLENT LIFE (2017)

Frédéric Jouve, Marie Lecoq

Thierry de Peretti, Guillaume Bréaud

Claire Mathon

Marion Monnier

Principal Cast
Jean Michelangeli, Henri-Noël Tabary, Cédric Appietto

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