Proxima - IFFAM - 4th International Film Festival and Awards ‧ Macao

Proxima
France, Germany | 2019 | 107’ | DCP | Colour | French, English, German, Russian | Group: B
Director: Alice Winocour

Showtimes
2019/12/06 19:30 Cinematheque‧Passion

Programmer’s Note

If the determined French astronaut played by Eva Green (in a career best performance) wins a place on the Mars probe she will, of course, have to detach from Earth and everything in it – and that includes her beloved seven year-old daughter. There’s a confidence to the direction and the story-telling in Proxima which matches the drive of its protagonist, and Alice Winocour steps it up for her third feature to deliver the utterly-grounded story of a woman whose extraordinary career will see her soar beyond everything she holds close to her heart. This is a film rooted in physicality; of the real-life locations, the demands of being in space, and also of being a female astronaut – which is to have to prove yourself, all of the time.  Yet as elevated as the story might seem, this is a film for anyone who has ever understood that career comes with a price attached, and either embraced that decision or turned the other way.

Synopsis

Sarah is a French astronaut training at the European Space Agency in Cologne. She is the only woman in the arduous programme. She lives alone with Stella, her seven-year-old daughter. Sarah feels guilty that she cannot spend more time with her child. Her love is overpowering and unsettling. When Sarah is chosen to be part of the crew of a year-long space mission called ‘Proxima’, it creates chaos in the mother-daughter relationship.

Director

Alice Winocour

Alice Winocour was born in Paris, France. She graduated from film school La Fémis and has directed the short films Kitchen (2005), Magic Paris (2007), and Pina Colada (2009). Her first two feature films Augustine (2012) and Disorder (2015) were selected for the Cannes Film Festival, in Critics Week and Un Certain Regard respectively. Proxima is her third feature and had its world premiere in the Platform section of the Toronto International Film Festival in September.

Cast & Crew

Director Alice Winocour

Scriptwriter(s) Alice Winocour, Jean-Stéphane Bron

Producer(s) Isabele Madelaine

Cinematographer George Lechaptois

Production Designer Florian Sanson

Editor Julien Lacheray

Music Ryuichi Sakamoto

Costumes Designer Pascaline Chavanne

Cast Dva Green, Zelie Coulant-Lemesle, Matt Dillon, Aleksei Fateev, Lars Eidinger, Sandra Huller

Production Companies Dharamsala, Darius Films

Distributor

World Sales Pathé Films

World Panorama