Custody/ Jusqu’à la garde
Director : Xavier Legrand/France/93/French/2017
As Custody opens, Miriam and Antoine Besson have just divorced. Their young son, Julien, sits in family court reading out a letter denouncing his father. His sister, Josephine, having recently reached the age of majority, is not part of the dispute. Antoine is described as a violent monster, yet in court appears to be a model of calm reserve. Despite Miriam’s appeals for sole custody — also Julien’s preference — the judge gives the parents shared custody. And Antoine is not a two-dimensional beast. He tries to re-establish a relationship with a son who feels paralyzed by the competing emotional demands of his father and his mother, who will stop at nothing to remove both Julien and herself from her ex-husband’s life.
Director and Screenplay : Xavier Legrand Producer : Alexandre Gavras DoP : Nathalie Durand Editor : Yorgos Lamprinos Sound Design : Julien Sicart Cast : Léa Drucker, Denis Ménochet, Thomas Gioria
Awards/Festivals : Silver Lion for Best Director, Lion of the Future – Award for a Debut Film at Venice International film festival, Screened in Toronto International Film Festival, Donostia-San Sebastián International Film Festival