Arthur Rambo

by Laurent Cantet

France
2021
87 min
OV French
Feature film
Fiction
Color
DCP

Laurent Cantet will be attending

Out of Competition 2021

Official synopsis

Who is Karim D.? A committed young writer on the verge of success or his alias, Arthur Rambo, whose hateful messages get exhumed from social networks?

The programmer’s eye

Laurent Cantet has always stood out with the finesse of a cinema that outlines the idea of a permanent struggle, working around the recurring theme of the influence of the social body over physical bodies. The incarnation of Karim D. (an implicit reference to the Mehdi Meklat case) allows for an incisive work on the contradictory injunctions that circulate around the Arab body. Without relieving the guilt of its subject, the film demonstrates that what is at stake media-wise is less linked to the denunciation of hatred than to an identity and social call to order. "Arthur Rambo" is a thrilling and fascinating political thriller, driven by a virtuous form and its relentless actor Rabah Naït Oufella. — Pierre Guidez

Biography and Filmography

After studying photography in Marseille, Laurent Cantet was admitted to the IDHEC in 1984. That's where he met future filmmakers Robin Campillo and Gilles Marchand, whom he subsequently collaborated with. After graduating, he worked as a director of photography on short films, before shooting two of his own, including “Tous à La Manif” (Prix Jean Vigo 1995). In 1999, he directed “The Sanguinaires”, within the framework of the ARTE collection “2000 vu par...”, then “Human Resources”, which won the César for Best First Film. “Time Out” and “Heading South” were to follow, before the consecration of “The Class”, based on the novel by François Bégaudeau, which won the Palme d’Or at Cannes in 2008. He then shot his first film in Canada, “Foxfire: Confessions of a Girl Gang”, based on the novel by Joyce Carol Oates then “Return to Ithaca” in Havana. In 2017 “The Workshop” was shown at Un Certain Regard in Cannes. “Arthur Rambo” is his new feature.

2021 - ARTHUR RAMBO - Laurent Cantet - Director, screenwriter
2017 - THE WORKSHOP - Laurent Cantet - Director, screenwriter
2014 - RETURN TO ITHACA - Laurent Cantet - Director, screenwriter
2012 - FOXFIRE: CONFESSIONS OF A GIRL GANG - Laurent Cantet - Director, screenwriter
2012 - 7 DAYS IN HAVANA - Laurent Cantet, Benicio Del Toro, Julio Medem, Gaspar Noé, Elia Suleiman, Juan Carlos Tabío, Pablo Trapero - Director, screenwriter
2008 - THE CLASS - Laurent Cantet - Director, screenwriter
2005 - HEADING SOUTH - Laurent Cantet - Director, screenwriter
2001 - TIME OUT - Laurent Cantet - Director, screenwriter
1999 - HUMAN RESOURCES - Laurent Cantet - Director, screenwriter
1997 - THE SANGUINAIRES - Laurent Cantet - Director, screenwriter
1995 - JEUX DE PLAGE (Short) - Laurent Cantet - Director, screenwriter
1994 - TOUS À LA MANIF (Short) - Laurent Cantet - Director, screenwriter

Laurent Cantet, Fanny Burdino and Samuel Doux

Rabah Naït Oufella, Antoine Reinartz, Sofian Khammes...

Les Films de pierre, France 2 Cinéma, Memento Production

Memento Distribution

Playtime

de Laurent Cantet

After studying photography in Marseille, Laurent Cantet was admitted to the IDHEC in 1984. That's where he met future filmmakers Robin Campillo and Gilles Marchand, whom he subsequently collaborated with. After graduating, he worked as a director of photography on short films, before shooting two of his own, including “Tous à La Manif” (Prix Jean Vigo 1995). In 1999, he directed “The Sanguinaires”, within the framework of the ARTE collection “2000 vu par...”, then “Human Resources”, which won the César for Best First Film. “Time Out” and “Heading South” were to follow, before the consecration of “The Class”, based on the novel by François Bégaudeau, which won the Palme d’Or at Cannes in 2008. He then shot his first film in Canada, “Foxfire: Confessions of a Girl Gang”, based on the novel by Joyce Carol Oates then “Return to Ithaca” in Havana. In 2017 “The Workshop” was shown at Un Certain Regard in Cannes. “Arthur Rambo” is his new feature.

2021 - ARTHUR RAMBO - Laurent Cantet - Director, screenwriter
2017 - THE WORKSHOP - Laurent Cantet - Director, screenwriter
2014 - RETURN TO ITHACA - Laurent Cantet - Director, screenwriter
2012 - FOXFIRE: CONFESSIONS OF A GIRL GANG - Laurent Cantet - Director, screenwriter
2012 - 7 DAYS IN HAVANA - Laurent Cantet, Benicio Del Toro, Julio Medem, Gaspar Noé, Elia Suleiman, Juan Carlos Tabío, Pablo Trapero - Director, screenwriter
2008 - THE CLASS - Laurent Cantet - Director, screenwriter
2005 - HEADING SOUTH - Laurent Cantet - Director, screenwriter
2001 - TIME OUT - Laurent Cantet - Director, screenwriter
1999 - HUMAN RESOURCES - Laurent Cantet - Director, screenwriter
1997 - THE SANGUINAIRES - Laurent Cantet - Director, screenwriter
1995 - JEUX DE PLAGE (Short) - Laurent Cantet - Director, screenwriter
1994 - TOUS À LA MANIF (Short) - Laurent Cantet - Director, screenwriter