Baden Baden


Sequoia 2 Sun, Oct 9, 2016 8:30 PM
Rafael 2 Mon, Oct 10, 2016 2:00 PM
Rafael 3 Tue, Oct 11, 2016 12:00 PM
Film Info
Section:World Cinema
Mind the Gap
Running Time:93 min.
Premiere Status:US
Director:Rachel Lang
Producer:Jeremy Forni
Joseph Rouschop
Valérie Bournonville
Pierre-Louis Cassou
Screenwriter:Rachel Lang
Cinematographer:Fiona Braillon
Editor:Sophie Vercruysse
Cast:Salomé Richard
Claude Gensac
Swann Arlaud
Zabou Breitman
Print Source:MUBI
Note Writer:Leah LoSchiavo


Rachel Lang’s impressive feature film debut effortlessly interlaces comedy and drama with spare, striking compositions and understated droll humor. Lang fully immerses us in free-spirited Ana’s quarter-life crisis, as she negotiates the disparate elements of her peripatetic existence and her love life. Discovery Salomé Richard is intoxicating as Ana: erratic, unreliable, yet very relatably human. Whether expressing her story in cinematic views of a jungle dreamscape, stunning shots of Le Corbusier’s Notre Dame de Haut chapel, or cringeworthy squirts of ketchup onto a plate of vegetables, Lang’s images beautifully float along much like Ana’s life, constructed loosely upon the completion of an interminable bathroom renovation for her beloved grandma, in the company of a lovelorn handyman who can’t seem to fix anything. Ana’s meandering inspires recognition of our own lost moments in life, and the ability to find the strength and faith required to embrace the journey every step along the way.

Guest in attendance 10/10 & 10/11: Rachel Lang (director, writer)

There will be a ticketed reception following the 10/10 screening of the film at Theresa & Johnny's with director Rachel Lang in attendance.

Thanks to our Community Partners the Alliance Française de San Francisco and Women's Film Institute.

Additional Information

Rachel Lang was born in Strasbourg, France. After combining studies in philosophy at the Marc Bloch university with the Dramatic Arts Academy of Strasbourg, she entered the Institut des Arts de Diffusion in Belgium. Her graduation short film For you I will fight (2010) was awarded the Silver Leopard at the Locarno Film Festival. White Turnips make it hard to sleep (2011) is the second in the trilogy of films of which her internationally acclaimed graduation film was the start. With the help of Cheval Deuxtrois in France and Tarantula in Belgium, Rachel completed the trilogy with Baden Baden, her feature debut.