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Wild Side

94 min.
Year of Production:
Stéphanie Michelini
Edouard Nikitine
Yasmine Belmadi
Josiane Stoleru
Fabrice Rodriguez
Christophe Sermet
Benoît Verhaert
Didier De Neck
Production Company:
Maïa Films, Paris
Berlinale Section:
Berlinale Category:
Feature Film
Teddy Award:
Best Feature Film

Sylvie is a 32-year-old transsexual prostitute.Sylvie feels that her life is somehow wasting away. Often suffering from depression, the desire to end it all sometimes becomes overpowering. In spite of this, she does manage to enjoy a brief moment or two of happiness here and there, such as when she goes out dancing or spends time with her friends, most of whom are also transsexual. One night she meets Mikhail, a Russian immigrant without a residence permit. Mikhail fought in Chechnya and was a deserter before he came to France. He lives from hand to mouth, doing the odd poorly-paid job arranged for him by the owners of the guest-house where he lives. Mikhail shows more than a passing interest in Sylvie. But Sylvie is living with Jamel, a thirty-year-old North African who has fallen out with his family and who, like Sylvie, sometimes goes out on the game. Sylvie makes a surprising decision in that she decides not to chose one partner to the exclusion of the other.Why shouldn’t they simply continue as a trio? Then, one day, Sylvie receives the news that her mother is fatally ill. Sylvie decides she must go and visit her – and that her friends must come along too. And so the three city-dwellers put their hectic lives in Paris behind them and head north for the country…

BIOGRAFIE Sébastien Lifshitz

Born in Paris, France in 1968, he studied history of art and worked in the world of contemporary art before turning to film. In 2000 he scored an international theatrical hit with his debut feature film, the coming out story Presque rien. His first feature-length documentary, La traversée, premiered in the Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes. His films have already screened three times in the Berlinale Panorama: in 2004, his feature film Wild Side won the Teddy Award; Plein sud screened in 2010 and his documentary, Bambi, in 2013.

FILMOGRAFIE Sébastien Lifshitz (selection)

2020 Petite Fille  2012 Les Invisibles  2012 Bambi  2009 Plein sud  2003 Wild Side  2002 La Traversee  2000  Presque Rien  1999 Les Terres Froides  1998 Les Corps Ouverts  1995 Claire Denis, La Vagabonde  1994 Il Faut Que Je L‘Aime 

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