La Belle Saison  (Summertime)
Catherine Corsini
France 2015, DCP, color, 105 min., OV w/German ST

Variety Piazza Grande Award – Locarno Intl Film Festival 2015
Best Music – Lumières Awards
Duo cinéma, Catherine Corsini and Elisabeth Perez – Trophées du Film français
"Ottavio Mai" Prize for the Best Feature Film – Torino LGBT Film Festival 2016

A Warm Burst of Romantic Bliss! A film about the struggle for sexual freedom and women’s rights. A.O. Scott, The New York Times
Critic’s Pick! Lovely, Sultry … Intelligent. Melissa Anderson, Village Voice
A Sizzling Lesbian Affair! As Good As Todd Haynes’ Carol, Which is Saying a Lot. Stephen Holden, The New York Times
Artfully calculated … combines the classical structure of classic movie romance with a sexual same-sex frankness that couldn’t be more up-to-date. Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
Perhaps the world is finally ready for a lesbian romance as direct and unapologetic as Summertime. Peter Debruge, Variety
This personal and moving way of filming naked bodies… is reminiscent in places of the first brave films of Chantal Akerman. Muriel Del Don, Cineuropa

Sensual and elegant, Catherine Corsini’s Summertime follows Carole and Delphine as they fall in love against the backdrop of early feminist activism in 1971 France. After living in the city, Delphine is called home when her father suffers a stroke to help with her family farm in the countryside and is forced to choose between her responsibility to them and to the life of love she had in Paris with Carole. An enlightening tale about the infatuation of first love and its universal themes.

Catherine Corsini
born 18 May 1956, is a French film director, screenwriter and actress. Her film Replay was entered into the 2001 Cannes Film Festival. Her 2012 film Three Worlds competed in the “Un Certain Regard” section at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. In April 2016 she was announced as the President of the Jury for the Caméra d'Or prize at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival.

Filmography (Selection):
Poker (1987), Jeunesse sans Dieu (1995), La Nouvelle Ève (1998), La Répétition (2001), Mariées mais pas Trop (2003), Les Ambitieux (2006), Partir (2009), Trois Mondes (2012), La Belle Saison (Summertime, 2015).

06/14 6:30 PM / Metro Kino Pleskow Saal

Catherine Corsini

Written by: Catherine Corsini, Laurette Polmanss.
Director of Photography: Jeanne Lapoirie.
Edited by: Frédéric Baillehaiche.
Produced by: Elisabeth Perez.
With: Cécile de France, Izïa Higelin, Noémie Lvovsky, Kévin Azaïs, Jean-Henry Compère.