André Téchiné – Farewell to the Night #Berlinale2019

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The last, sunny days home of an aspiring-jihadist on his way to Syria.

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PODCAST| Bénédicte Prot interviews André Téchiné, director of the film Farewell to the Night.

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A wonderful talk with André Téchiné to discuss this film tackling a serious and, sadly, very current subject, based on a series of interviews of real jihadists, which represented quite a new artistic approach for him, the great French filmmaker points out. The 75-year-old director tells us more about what interests him in the transitional age right between childhood and adulhood, and about the character of Alex specifically. He also explains why he is keen on collaborating time and again with the same actors, though in completely different roles, and describes his special work relationship with Catherine Deneuve as well as her character in the film, as it is Muriel’s helplessness the viewer identifies with the most.

Farewell to the Night :André Téchiné’s new film recounts young aspiring jihadist Alex’ (Kacey Mottet Klein) last Spring days at his grandmother Muriel’s (Catherine Deneuve) house, surrounded by a bucolic, sun-bathed countryside, before he goes to Syria with his girlfriend Lila (Oulaya Amamra).


  • Reporter
    Bénédicte Prot
  • Guest
    André Téchiné
  • Interviewee role
  • Film title
    Farewell to the Night
  • Festival section
    Out of competition
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