Americano

by Mathieu Demy
Fiction, France, Super 16mm, 2011, 105′
The director will be present.

 

Thursday October 18, 22.00 | Cinema PORTOastra

 


 

Director and Screenplay Mathieu Demy

Director of Photography George Lechaptois

Film editing Jean-Baptiste Morin

Music George Delerue, Grégoire Hetzel

With Mathieu Demy, Salma Hayek, Géraldine Chaplin, Chiara Mastroianni, Carlos Bardem, Jean-Pierre Mocky

Produced by Mathieu Demy, Angeline Massoni

Production Les Films de L’Autre

in coproduzione con Ciné-Tamaris e Arte France Cinema

Distribution Bac Films

 


 

Martin lives in Paris with Claire: their relationship has hit a dead end. When he loses his mother back in the U.S., Martin must return to Los Angeles, the city where he grew up. Once there, Images from his childhood resurface and disturb him. Martin can’t face up to his mom’s death and takes off to Tijuana on the trail of Lola, misterious Mexican woman he used to know, and who held a special place in his mother’s life. He finds her at the Americano, a club where she dances every night. But to make his own peace, Martin will have to delve into his past.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Americano is a project that grew with me for many years. It tells the story of Martin, a man who refuses to face his mother’s death, while the relationship with his girlfriend Claire is stalling. The theme of inheritance is behind all of the film’s questions. What do your parents pass along to you? What do you do with this legacy? How do you write your own story? At first, Martin focuses on the concrete matters of succession, as his mother left behind an apartment in Los Angeles and a few paintings. But despite his initial tendency to avoidance, Martin will also have to deal with the more intimate and painful dimension of his journey: the broken link to his mother. Grief will eventually make him reflect on his own parentage and issues with his girlfriend. It seemed like an obvious choice, both artistic and personal, to approach filmmaking within the context of my own filiation. Americano is a fiction, but Martin’s experience echoes my own. The use of excerpts from my mother Agnes Varda’s Documenteur, in which I acted as a child when we were living in Los Angeles, feeds the film in both fictional and intimate ways.
Mathieu Demy

 

 

Born in 1972 in Paris, Mathieu Demy first appeared as a child in the films of his parents, landmark French filmmakers Agnes Varda and Jacques Demy. He was 8 when he took the lead in Varda’s Los Angeles based Documenteur. Demy’s work as an actor includes collaborations with directors such as Michel Hazanavicius, Andre Techine, Pierre Salvadori, Celine Sciamma, Emmanuelle Bercot, Pascal Bonitzer, Olivier Ducastel and Jacques Martineau, Jean-Pierre Mocky, Michel Deville, Benoit Cohen, Orso Miret. In 1999, Demy created his production company Les Films de l’Autre to produce his own short films. Americano (2011) is his first feature film.

 


 

 


 

Filmography

Le plafond (cm, 2001)

La bourde (cm, 2005)

Americano (2011)

 

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