The French institute supports the venue of French director Arnaud Desplechin to Sodankylä!

Arnaud Desplechin (born 1960) is one the rare auteurs i.e. ”true filmmakers” of contemporary French cinema. His works uphold the spirit of French new wave and have been presented in the esteemed competition for the Palme d’Or at Cannes almost without exception, such as up and coming Oh Mercy (2019), the director’s crime thriller set in Roubaix, his native city in northern France. Also screened in Sodankylä is My Sex Life… or How I Got Into an Argument (1996), ”The Mother and the Whore of the nineties”, a poetically funny love story between Parisian intellectuals. Tragicomic melodrama Kings and Queen (2003) stars a tough trio: Emmanuelle Devos, Catherine Deneuve and Mathieu Amalric. The same group of actors charm in A Christmas Tale (2008) and Amalric also in the bittersweet love story My Golden Days (2015).