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

(Un couteau dans le coeur)


Year: 2018
Country: FRANCE
Run Time: 105 minutes


If Anne’s life were a film, it would be a sad one. Her film company, which produces gay porn, is devastated after several of its young actors are brutally murdered. She has broken up with her lover, Lois, who also edits the company’s films, and her drinking is escalating. Her disturbing response to these crises is to begin producing porn films that mirror the realities of the killings. Increasingly bizarre occurrences begin swirling about Anne, as does a mysterious black bird that precedes the murders and the appearance of the masked killer. Maybe Anne’s life is a film. The line between the celluloid and the certain is becoming terrifyingly blurred. Something unexplainable, perhaps unnatural, is tightening its grip. An ending of B-movie proportions may be facing Anne and everyone around her. KNIFE+HEART plays gleefully and stylishly with the borders of reality, mixing film genres in an erotic and violent brew. Remember: those horrors you’ve seen in films may be real and lurking in the row behind you. (In French with subtitles) —C.R.

CIFF43 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Thursday, March 28, 2019 at 4:20 PM

Friday, March 29, 2019 at 11:25 PM

After Hours
Watch Out! (formerly 10% Cinema)

International Narrative Competition


Yann Gonzalez

Yann Gonzalez was born in 1977 in Nice. Between 2006 and 2012, he directed six short films before turning to full-length features.

You and the Night (2013), KNIFE + HEART (2018)

Charles Gillibert

Yann Gonzalez, Cristiano Mangione

Simon Beaufils

Raphaël Lefèvre

Principal Cast
Vanessa Paradis, Kate Moran, Nicolas Maury, Jonathan Genet

Print Source
Questions? >


Check out our FAQs for answers to common questions about entering the film festival.

Become A CIFF Member >

Become A CIFF Member

We have seven different levels of membership to choose from, so find the one that best fits your film appetite!

Sign up for our email newsletter

  • facebook
  • twitter
  • instagram
  • youtube
  • flickr
  • alexa
  • foursquare