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Antigone

Directed by Sophie Deraspe
Canada, 2019 (fiction, 109 minutes, colour, French)

Film Description [in French] :
"Adolescente brillante au parcours jusque-là sans faute, Antigone verse du côté de la criminalité en aidant son frère à s'évader de prison. L'étau se resserre sur elle à mesure qu'elle affronte l'autorité : la police, la justice, le système pénal et le père d'Hémon son petit ami. Malgré la peine qu'elle encourt, Antigone demeure fidèle à son propre sens de la justice et gagne ainsi l'adhésion d'une jeunesse qui s'exprime à travers les réseaux sociaux et les manifestations colorées. À un avenir que l'on tente de lui marchander, Antigone renvoie l'amour et la loyauté envers sa famille."
-- Québec Cinéma (source)

Film Description:
"Gripping, powerful, and of-the-moment, Antigone loosely adapts Sophocles' Greek tragedy and situates it in contemporary Montreal. [...] Following the murder of their parents, Antigone, her sister Ismène, her brothers Étéocle and Polynice, and their grandmother Ménécée find refuge in Montreal. They live a quiet modest life in a tiny apartment in a working-class neighbourhood. A straight-A student seemingly destined for greatness, Antigone (masterfully played by Nahéma Ricci in her first leading role) is the glue that holds the family together. Tragedy strikes when Étéocle is wrongfully gunned down by police during the arrest of Polynice, a small-time drug dealer. Motivated by her sense of duty towards her family and fuelled by the memory she cherishes of her dead parents, Antigone decides to jeopardize her own future to preserve that of her family. Antigone acutely explores familial sacrifice, the burden of responsibility, and the nature of justice with exceptional depth and nuance. Although inspired by a story 2,500 years old, [Sophie] Deraspe's film is a timely meditation, one that prompts serious reflection on immigrant life in ostensibly welcoming contemporary Canada."
-- Ravi Srinivasan (source)


Film Credits (partial):
Written by: Sophie Deraspe
Based on: Antigone, a play by Sophocles
Produced by: Marc Daigle
Principal Cast: Nahéma Ricci, Nour Belkhiria, Rawad El-Zein, Rachida Oussaada, Antoine Desrochers, Paul Doucet, Nathalie Tanous, Hakim Brahimi, Benoit Gouin, Kathleen Fortin
Cinematography: Sophie Deraspe
Film Editing: Geoffrey Boulangé, Sophie Deraspe
Music: Jean Massicotte, Jad Chami
Production Company: ACPAV
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