CAST: 
Mathieu Amalric, Marion Cotillard, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Louis Garrel, Alba Rohrwacher, László Szabó, Hippolyte Girardot

DIRECTOR: 
Arnaud Desplechin

WRITERS: 
Arnaud Desplechin, Julie Peyr, Léa Mysius

Runtime:
135 minutes

 

 

 

DIRECTOR’S CUT

A film by Arnaud Desplechin

 

Twenty-one years ago, she ran away. And twenty-one years later, Carlotta (Marion Cotillard) is back from the void. But Ismael (Mathieu Amalric) has been busy rebuilding a life for himself with Sylvia (Charlotte Gainsbourg) and working on his next feature film. As Ismael’s trials and tribulations unfurl, so too do those of his film’s protagonist: the idle, funny and reckless diplomat Ivan Dédalus (Louis Garrel). The character is a nod to the ghost of another of Desplechin’s creations, the brother of Paul Dédalus, three-time hero of “My Sex Life… or How I Got Into an Argument,” “A Christmas Tale” and “My Golden Days.” A film within a film – and then some, Desplechin layers narrative upon narrative. With ISMAEL’S GHOSTS, Desplechin returns once more to the past, creating film after film as his way of stepping back in time, and proving yet again that his brand of genius lies in his ability to find light in the darkest of places.

 

“Thrilling. Cotillard is enthralling.”
– Indiewire

“Singularly delightful.”
– AV Club

“The cinematic equivalent of Christmas morning.”
– The Hollywood Reporter

 

Official Selection
2017 Cannes Film Festival – World Premiere, Opening Night Film
2017 New York Film Festival

 

Online screener and press materials available upon request.