Part of SFFILM Festival
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)
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.”
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