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Part of SFFILM Festival

Paper Flags

Directed by Nathan Ambrosioni

France | Fiction Feature | 102

20 Apr
Sat, Apr 20, 2019 at 9:15 pm PT
21 Apr
Sun, Apr 21 at 7:00 pm
The Theater at Children's Creativity Museum

Guests Expected

Director Nathan Ambrosioni is expected to attend 4/20 and 4/21 screenings.


Displaying a mature style and sensibility despite his age, Paper Flags director Ambrosioni (at 19, one of cinema’s youngest directors of a full-length feature ever) offers a complex and compelling story of sibling tensions. Vincent (shape-shifting character actor Guillaume Gouix), recently released from prison, immediately heads to his sister Charlie’s (Noémie Merlant) modest home. The film carefully tracks Charlie’s sense of unease around her brother’s return—she pretends he’s just an acquaintance when she’s out with friends —until a visit from their father causes their simmering resentments to boil over.

“The mise-en-scène remains interesting in a number of ways. The characters’ feelings and thoughts guide the shots and create true moments of tension and poetry, echoing sometimes the work of Xavier Dolan. At just 19 years old, Nathan Ambrosioni displays a true maturity as a director. He is, without a doubt, a young director whose career demands to be closely watched in the future.” – Kevin Gueydan, Abus de Ciné (translated from the French)

Director Nathan Ambrosioni

Nathan Ambrosioni made his feature writing/directing debut at 14 with Hostile (2014). Following that with three shorts, The Lake (2015), Miss You (2015), and Ce qui nous reste (Festival 2017). He wrote Paper Flags when he was in the 12th grade and told Variety, “As I was becoming an adult, I started thinking about what it meant to be free, and that’s the theme of this story.”



Film Details

Year 2018

Language French

Premiere US

Runtime 102

Country France

Director Nathan Ambrosioni

Producer Stéphanie Douet

Writer Nathan Ambrosioni

Editor Nathan Ambrosioni

Cinematographer Raphaël Vandenbussche

Music Matthew Otto

Cast Noémie Merlant, Guillaume Gouix, Alysson Paradis

Original Language Title Les drapeaux de papier