Lisbon & Estoril Film Festival


Special Screenings - Into Focus: Mathieu Amalric


Director: Mathieu Amalric
DOP: Mathieu Amalric
Production: Les Fils De

C’est Presque Au Bout Du Monde

A film by Mathieu Amalric

“Where do these inhuman voices come from? And where in the body is the source of this unsettling anomaly of singing?”
(M. Amalric)

The film will take part in the Three Music Films session, along with two other short films by the director.
  • Cast:

    Barbara Hannigan, Simon Rattle
  • Original Title:

    C’est Presque Au Bout Du Monde
  • Country:

  • Year:

  • 15'


Director: Mathieu Amalric
DOP: Mathieu Amalric
Production: Les Fils De


Cinema Medeia Monumental Sala 1

With Mathieu Amalric
Original versions, no subtitles


Mathieu Amalric

Born in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France, Mathieu Amalric is an actor and director. At eighteen years of age, his first experience as an actor came with a small role in Les Favoris de la lune by Otar Iosseliani, during which his interest in the inner workings of cinema grew, an interest which would subsequently lead him to work as an assistant director.

He directed his first short film in the 80’s, Marre de café, and then Sans Rires (1991), which he presented at the Premiers Plans d’Angers Festival. It was on this occasion that he met Arnaud Desplechin, who would, years later, offer him a role in Comment je me suis disputé…(ma vie sexuelle), a film which won him the César for Most Promising Actor in 1997. In the same year, he directed his first autobiographical feature film, Mange ta soupe.

In 2004, he resumed his collaboration with Arnaud Desplechin in the film Rois et Reine, for which he received the César for Best Actor. Also coveted by American cinema, he acted in Steven Spielberg’s Munich, Le Scafandre et le papillon by Julian Schnabel, Quantum of Solace by Marc Forster and, most recently, The Grand Budapest Hotel by Wes Anderson.

He returned to directing in 2010 with Tournée, his fourth feature-film. He received the Prix de la Mise en Scène at the Cannes Festival, consolidating his status as a director. In 2015 he directed La Chambre Bleue, an adaptation of Georges Simenon’s novel, screened as part of the Un Certain Regard section at the Cannes Festival.

In 2016 he had roles in À Jamais, Benoît Jacquot’s film adaptation of The Body Artist by Don DeLillo, Le secret de la chambre noire, by Kiyoshi Kurosawa, as well as starring in Arnaud Desplechin’s latest film Les fantômes d’Ismaël, the Portuguese premiere of which is set for later this year.

In this year’s edition of the Cannes Festival, his latest film Barbara, a biopic of the cult French singer, won the Prix de la poésie du cinéma in the Un Certain Regard section.
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