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Le Week-End

Le Week-End

Directors: Roger Michell
France and UK
93 min
Main Competition
Comedy Focus

Synopsis:
An unreservedly honest, emotionally resonant love story from director Roger Michell (Notting Hill) and screenwriter Hanif Kureishi (My Beautiful Laundrette), Le Week-End follows Meg (Lindsay Duncan) and Nick (Jim Broadbent), whose 30-year marriage is dominated by routine and built up resentments. An anniversary holiday to Paris only makes matters worse, with each word and action inciting deep-seated rancor. An accidental meeting with an old American colleague (Jeff Goldblum) challenges the couple to find some way to re-ignite the spark.

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Producer: Kevin Loader

Principal Cast: Jim Broadbent,Lindsay Duncan, Jeff Goldblum, Olly Alexander, Judith Davis

Film Format: DCP

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Roger Michell

Biography

The son of an English diplomat, Roger Michell was born in South Africa and as a child lived in Beirut, Damascus and Prague. He started directing plays at school before going on to Cambridge. In 1977, he won the Royal Shakespeare Company Buzz Goodbody Award at the National Student Drama Festival as well as a Fringe Award at the Edinburgh Fringe. He has subsequently directed plays at the National Theatre, the Old Vic, the Lyric Hammersmith, Donmar Warehouse, Hampstead, the Royal Court, the Almeida, in the West End, and on Broadway and elsewhere. For six years, Michell was resident director at the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford and London. In the early 1990s, he began directing in film and television. His work for television includes the award-winning miniseries THE BUDDHA OF SUBURBIA, starring Naveen Andrews, Brenda Blethyn, and Rosen Seth, and marking the first of his many collaborations with writer Hanif Kureishi; documentaries for the BBC; and a number of commercials. His features as director have included PERSUASION, which starred Amanda Root and Ciaran Hinds, for which he won a BAFTA Award; MY NIGHT WITH REG, adapted by Kevin Elyot from the latter’s play; TITANIC TOWN, for which Julie Walters received an IFTA Award nomination; the smash hit NOTTING HILL, starring Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant, for which he received the Evening Standard British Film Awards’ Peter Sellars Award for Comedy and an Empire Award; CHANGING LANES, starring Ben Affleck and Prism Award nominee Samuel L. Jackson; THE MOTHER, for which Anne Reid was honoured by the London Critics’ Circle Film Awards; ENDURING LOVE, for which Michell received Directors Guild of Great Britain Award, European Film Award, and British Independent Film Award (BIFA) nominations as Best Director; VENUS, for which Leslie Philips won the BIFA as best supporting Actor starring opposite Peter O’Toole; MORNING GLORY, starring Rachel McAdams, Harrison Ford, and Diane Keaton; and HYDE PARK ON HUDSON, starring Bill Murray as FDR, a role for which he received a Golden Globe nomination.

Screenplay: Hanif Kureishi

Producer: Kevin Loader

Editor: Kristina Hetherington

Principal Cast: Jim Broadbent,Lindsay Duncan, Jeff Goldblum, Olly Alexander, Judith Davis

Production Companies: Film4, BFI, Curzon Film World, Le Bureau, Free Range Films

Sponsors
French Consulate