Chicago premiere! Film Series : Young French Cinema 2017

A Young Poet

Un Jeune Poète

2014, Damien Manivel, France, 71 min. With Rémi Taffanel, Léonore Fernandes.

Show Times

  • Sun, May 28th 4:00pm
  • Wed, May 31st 8:00pm

“Manivel creates a film that is fresh and distinctive, as quaint and authentic a picture of an artist finding his feet as you could hope for.” — James Travers, Films de

Deciding that he wants to be a poet, 18-year-old Rémi plants himself in the summer-struck Mediterranean town of Sète, where Paul Valéry is buried in a sunny hilltop cemetery overlooking a sweet blue harbor. But what’s the next step? How does one find inspiration? Rémi conscientiously goes through the wannabe poet’s checklist: speaking to Valéry’s grave, communing with nature, drinking heavily, contemplating the sea, enlisting a vacationing girl as his muse. Alas, the summer is slipping by, and he has completed only one-third of his poem, most of it mediocre. Perhaps the ghost of Valéry has the answer... Lusciously photographed in soft, summery pastels, with echoes of Eric Rohmer, A YOUNG POET is an affectionately satirical look at the aspirations of youth and the elusiveness of artistic inspiration. In French with English subtitles. DCP digital. (MR)

Please note: This trailer does not have English subtitles. Our screenings of the film will be subtitled in English.

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