Brooklyn, Paris



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Film Info
Section:World Cinema
Focus: The Beat Goes On(screen)
Running Time:83 min
Director:Pascal Tessaud
Producer:Pascal Tessaud
Screenwriter:Pascal Tessaud
Cinematographer:Fabien Rodesch
Editor:Nicolas Milteau
Amandine Normand
Cast:KT Gorique
Rafal Uchiwa
Jalil Naciri
Liliane Rovere
Veronique Ruggia
Blade MC
Print Source:The Festival Agency
Note Writer:Joe Bowman


In an effort to better her life, 22-year-old Coralie (KT Gorique) leaves Switzerland for Paris with big dreams of making it as an MC in the city’s underground hip-hop scene in this music-infused drama. Settling in the rough Parisian suburb of Saint-Denis, Coralie introduces her pseudonym “Brooklyn” and first tests her skills before an audience at a poetry slam. As her star rises, she garners the attention of scene luminary Issa (Rafal Uchiwa), whose advances fall into a gray area between romantic courtship and jealous rivalry. With a touch of Cassavetes mixed with an unmistakably French style and a rousing, spectacular soundtrack featuring real-life Parisian hip-hop artists (all of whom appear in the film as fictional versions of themselves), Brooklyn marks the arrival of two up-and-coming artists: Gorique, a successful MC making her first big-screen appearance, and writer/director Pascal Tessaud, who makes a dynamic, nuanced feature debut.

Additional Information

Pascal Tessaud was born in Paris in 1974. He received a master’s degree in literature and cinema at Nanterre University. After working as a social worker in cultural associations, he started directing short films including Nightbirds (2003), Noura’s Summer (2005), Facies (2008), and City of Light (2012). He also directed the documentary Words Are Burning Us (2007), about the French spoken word scene, which screened in 40 countries. Brooklyn is his debut feature film.