Non-Fiction (Doubles vies)



Sequoia 1 Wed, Oct 10, 2018 8:15 PM
Rafael 1 Fri, Oct 12, 2018 3:30 PM
Film Info
Section:World Cinema
Running Time:108 min.
Director:Olivier Assayas
Producer:Charles Gillibert
Screenwriter:Olivier Assayas
Cinematographer:Yorick Le Saux
Editor:Simon Jacquet
Cast:Juliette Binoche
Guillaume Canet
Vincent Macaigne
Christa Théret
Pascal Greggory
Print Source:IFC Films
Note Writer:Joe Bowman


The thorny relationship between art, literature, and commerce has never been more seductive than in French auteur Olivier Assayas’ latest comedy of manners. Having explored the worlds of stage and screen in Clouds of Sils Maria (MVFF 2014) and fashionista celebrity culture in Personal Shopper (MVFF 2016), Assayas turns his sly gaze to the fantasies and foibles of publishing in Non-Fiction. As the bed-hopping, charmingly opinionated Parisians at the heart of the film analyze the future of digital media (often in flagrante), they express their grief—in spirited (and spirit-drenched) discussion—over the death of the printed word. Featuring the ever-luminous Juliette Binoche, as a past-her-prime primetime TV star, alongside magnificent Guillaume Canet as a suave book publisher and philandering husband; and the show-stealer Vincent Macaigne as a hilariously obsequious has-been author whose self-pitying demeanor belies a rapscallion of the lowest order. Funny, wry, and sophisticated, Non-Fiction is essential viewing for bibliophiles and cinephiles of all stripes.

Additional Information

Born in Paris on January 25, 1955, Olivier Assayas started out as a painter and graphic designer. He began making his own short films while pursuing his interest in globalizing culture and technology as an editor of Cahiers du Cinéma from 1980 to 1985. Since his first feature film, Désordre (1986), which was awarded the Critic’s Week Prize at the Venice Film Festival, he has consistently delivered a rich and diverse body of work that has brought him international recognition. Summer Hours (2008) was named one of the “Best Films of the 21st Century (so far)” by The New York Times. Additional features include: Irma Vep (1997), demonlover (2002), Clouds of Sils Maria (2014), and Personal Shopper (2016), for which he won the Best Director prize at Cannes. Assayas has also published a few books including a collection of his essays on film, a biography of Kenneth Anger, and a series of conversations with Ingmar Bergman.