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Olivier Babinet

France/Belgium | V.O. French | 2023 | 87 min | DCP | color | Fiction | North America Premiere

Based on the play Monster in the Hall by David Greig.

Lucie is 15 and has a vivid imagination. She lives alone with her father William, who, underneath his retarded adolescent exterior, is battling multiple sclerosis. Between school, a small job and the daily grind, Lucie manages as best she can, and escapes into the writing of a whimsical autobiographical novel, which navigates between dream and reality... The announcement of a visit from a social worker upsets this precarious balance. Lucie and her father must redouble their inventiveness to give the illusion of a normal life.

Director Olivier Babinet
Cinematographer Jean-François Hensgens
Screenplay Juliette Sales, Fabien Suarez, Olivier Babinet
Cast Justine Lacroix, Benoit Poelvoorde
Production Haut et Cour
Distribution K-Films Amérique


Olivier Babinet

Born in Strasbourg, Olivier Babinet first came to public attention in France with the series Le Bidule, a futuristic look at the absurdity of consumer society, broadcast on Canal+ in 1999. In 2008, he directed his first short film, C'est plutôt genre Johnny Walker, which won numerous festival awards, including the Special Jury Prize at Clermont-Ferrand. His first feature, Robert Mitchum est mort, co-directed with photographer Fred Kihn, was screened at the 63rd Cannes Film Festival at Acid. The film won the Grand Prix at the Festival Premiers Plans d'Angers and was nominated for Best First Film at the Raindance London Festival. Normale, his most recent feature, an adaptation of David Greig's play Monster In The Hall, stars Benoît Poelvoorde, Justine Lacroix and Steve Tientcheu. Highly acclaimed by critics in France, Belgium and Sweden, Normale was an official selection at the Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival. And it has just won the Best Film award at the Giffoni Film Festival in Italy, voted for by 600 teenagers aged 16 and 17.