ILS SONT VIVANTS (THEY ARE ALIVE)
Written by Gilles Marchand, Arthur Cahn, Jeremie Elkaïm / from the novel Calais mon amour
by Béatrice Huret / Photography Jeanne Lapoirie / Editing Laurence Briaud / Starring Marina Foïs, Laetitia Dosch, Seear Kohi, Igor Van Dessel, Antoine Chappey, Geneviève Mnich, Jan Hammenecker, Benoît Carré, Souleymane Sylla, Lucie Borleteau
/ Produced by Super 8 Production, France 3 Cinéma, Reborn Production
France, 2021 – 112’
V.O. sub. ITA
Cinema De Seta
Béatrice, a widow, lives with her son and mother in Calais, in the north of France. Their life was disrupted by Mokhtar, an Iranian teacher who had illegally taken refuge in Europe. For the love of Béatrice he will have to fight his country’s prejudices and laws.
Based on the real and controversial love story between a French widow and an Iranian refugee, Ils sont vivant, is an ode to change driven by the heart, the only law and ideology to be followed.
For Jérémie Elkaïm, real success came with his encounter with Valérie Donzelli, who directed him in ‘The Queen of Hearts’ and ‘Declaration of War’. For the latter he also wrote the screenplay and was nominated for the Best Original Screenplay at the César Award.
Together with Donzelli, who in the meantime has become his partner in life, he worked also for ‘Main dans le main’ (2012) and ‘Marguerite et Julien’ (2015).