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Miami Theatrical Premiere Engagement! WILD (SAUVAGE) by Camille Vidal-Naquet

  • 07 May 2019
  • 8:30 PM - 10:10 PM
  • Miami Beach Cinematheque at Historic City Hall, 1130 Washington Ave, South Beach
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TUE, MAY 07, 8:30p:

Miami Theatrical Premiere Engagement!

WILD

(SAUVAGE)

Directed by CAMILLE VIDAL-NAQUET/ France/ 99mins


Seething with a feral energy that masks genuine tenderness, Camille Vidal-Naquet’s feature debut took the 2018 Critics Week at Cannes by storm. Anchored by a piercing, peripatetic lead performance by Félix Maritaud, Sauvage makes vivid a gay street hustler’s knife’s-edge existence. Both brutal and brutalized, sweet and savage, Maritaud’s prostitute roams from john to john in search of a fix (in the form of sex, drugs, and possibly even love), desperate for both intimacy and freedom, destabilized but ultimately resilient. The intimacies of male bodies both connected and colliding is sensitively captured by cinematographer Jacques Girault, guided by Vidal-Naquet’s assured direction.   Gut-punchingly authentic with radiant moments of tenderness where least expected, intimate yet not voyeuristic, this first feature by writer-director Camille Vidal-Naquet gets the balance between looking-for-love and settling-for-sensation exactly right in this  incredibly frank and involving immersive portrait

“Raw and Riveting. Stunningly shot.”–Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

“A riotous and sensual ode to freedom. A work of rare vitality. The film neither demonizes sex as perverted or mindless, nor eulogizes it as the pinnacle of pleasure. SAUVAGE / WILD’s complex representation of love - from the ephemeral connections with sexual partners, to intense romantic passion - is less conspicuous than its frank portrayal of sex work and gay sexuality, but it is just as nuanced.”–Elena Lazic, Sight & Sound

 “A powerful portrait… Refreshingly straightforward and unvarnished”–Guy Lodge, Variety


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