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

The Workshop


Year: 2017
Country: FRANCE
Run Time: 113 minutes

The Workshop
The Workshop
The Workshop
The Workshop

The act of creation can be destructive. Bestselling novelist Olivia Dejazet has come to La Ciotat, a once-thriving coastal town whose shipyards have long closed. She is conducting a writing workshop for a diverse group of young men and women. Her goal is for them to collaborate on a novel set in their town and discover something of themselves, their heritage, and each other. One of the participants, Antoine, soon establishes himself as the aggressor of the group, provoking them with charged statements and suggesting violent plot lines and incidents. Olivia becomes fascinated and alarmed by Antoine. He seems to identify with his fictional killers. Is Antoine simply masking his fear and loneliness, or is something darker about to enter and shatter the group? Is a young man about to be lost, or is a true writer about to be born? THE WORKSHOP is a riveting meditation on the act of artistic creation and a tense and fearless look into the volatile soul of the artist. (In French with subtitles) —C.R.

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Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at 4:10 PM

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International Narrative Competition


Laurent Cantet

Director, cinematographer, and screenwriter Laurent Cantet was born in 1961 in Melle, France. He obtained a master’s degree in audiovisual in Marseille and then joined the French Institute of Cinema in 1984. His films have screened at festivals all over the world and have received a variety of prestigious awards and nominations.

Les sanguinaires (1997), Human Resources (1999), Time Out (2001) - CIFF26, Heading South (2005), The Class (2008), Foxfire (2012), Return to Ithaca (2014), THE WORKSHOP (2017)

Denis Freyd

Robin Campillo, Laurent Cantet

Pierre Milon

Mathilde Muyard

Principal Cast
Marina Fos, Matthieu Lucci, Warda Rammach, Issam Talbi, Florian Beaujean, Mamadou Doumbia, Julien Souve, Melissa Guilbert, Olivier Thoret, Leny Sellam

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