Shot in February and March, edited and post-produced at an astonishing speed, Christophe Honoré’s 12th feature, Room 212 (formerly Chamber Music), co-produced by Scope Pictures from Belgium and co-financed by Wallimage, has not only changed its title, but will be part of the official selection in Cannes, in the Un certain Regard section. His previous film, Plaire, aimer et courir vite, in competition at Cannes last year, won the Prix Louis-Delluc.
The French director’s sixth feature film to be screened in Cannes, Chambre 212 boasts a prestigious cast : Chiara Mastroianni, Vincent Lacoste, Camille Cottin, Benjamin Biolay and Carole Bouquet cross paths without necessarily recognizing each other.
Written by the director, shot in Belgium and Luxembourg between writing a novel, staging plays and an opera, this quasi-experimental opus flirts with the fantastic in a saraband that intertwines the eras of a life and the characters
Richard and Catherine, who have lived a passionate story and a happy marriage, are at a turning point in their lives. A little weary and curious, Catherine chooses a lover. When Richard discovers the affair, his wife flees. However, she doesn’t go very far : she just crosses the street to lock herself in the hotel across the street in room 212. From there, she now has a bird’s eye view of her apartment, her husband, her marriage. Past and present intertwine and Catherine wonders what she has missed. Many people in his life have an idea about the question, and intend to let him know it…
Emotion, humor and relevant existential questions are on the agenda of this new kind of romantic comedy that offers Walimage its second official selection in 2019.
We will also follow with interest the upcoming announcements of the Directors’ Fortnight and Critics’ Week selections which, if we are to believe the rumors, could offer us some nice surprises.