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FAITHFUL—a swift, heartfelt procédurale based on Joseph Andras’ debut novel De nos frères blessés (Of Our Wounded Brothers, 2016)—tells the story of Fernand Iveton (played by Vincent Lacoste), a French national in 1950s Algeria. Atypical for Europeans of his time—he was a member of the local Communist Party and a supporter of the FLN—he numbered Arabs among his closest friends and abhorred the murderous racism of the occupying French forces.* Perhaps too much of a humanist to be a true revolutionary, Iveton participated in a 1956 plot to destroy a power station.

As filmed by Hélier Cisterne, FAITHFUL jumps between Iveton’s first Parisian encounters with his wife Hélène (Vicky Krieps), his life in Algiers with fellow activist and childhood friend Henri Maillot (Yoann Zimmer), and his trial for treason, subsequent imprisonment, and ultimate fate.

As part of this year’s virtual Rendez-Vous with French Cinema festival, FAITHFUL is streaming nationwide. See link below for details.


Directed by Hélier Cisterne.

Rendez-Vous with French Cinema

Film at Lincoln Center

Streaming through March 11.

*During the period of the Algerian Revolution (1954–1962), the FLNFront de libération nationale—was the nationalist movement advocating for the removal of the French colonizers.

Hélier Cisterne, Faithful / Des nos frères blessés (2020), from top: Vincent Lacoste (center); Vicky Krieps and Lacoste; Lacoste and Krieps; Krieps Images courtesy and © Les Films du Bélier, photographs by Laurent Thurin-Nal.


Vincent Lacoste—the often self-effacing, always drôle “everyman” who recently made a favorable impression on American moviegoers with his turn in Christophe Honoré’s Sorry Angel—is the star of COLCOA 2019, here to engage the audience and discuss his three new releases.

Tonight, following the North American premiere of Honoré’s new comedy/drama/musical ON A MAGICAL NIGHT, Lacoste will participate in a post-screening Q & A. The film also stars Chiara Mastroianni—who won Best Actress at Cannes this year for her part—Camille Cottin, Carole Bouquet, and Benjamin Biolay as an older version of Lacoste’s character.

On Wednesday night, the actor returns to the festival to introduce Mikhaël Hers’ acclaimed drama AMANDA, featuring Isaure Multrier in the title role. Lacoste is back late Friday night for THE FRESHMEN (Première année), which co-stars William Lebghil. Both films are Los Angeles premieres.


Tuesday, September 24, at 8 pm.


Wednesday, September 25, at 10:25 pm.


Friday, September 27, at 10:20 pm.

Directors Guild of America

7920 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles.

From top: Vincent Lacoste (center), Camille Cottin (left), and Chiara Mastroianni in On a Magical Night; Benjamin Biolay (left), Cottin, and Lacoste; Lacoste and Mastroianni (center); Lacoste and Isaure Multrier in Amanda; William Lebghil (left) and Lacoste in The Freshmen; Lacoste and Lebghil. Images courtesy and © the filmmakers, the actors, the producers, and the distributors.


In the art-for-art’s-sake world of Christophe Honoré and his characters—gay men in love with love and the legends of representation that give their at-risk lives sense, sensibility, and station—matters of love, life, death are navigated through a filter of literature and performance, and this combination of high art and pop sentimentality brings solace.

In PLAIRE, AIMER ET COURIR VITE / SORRY ANGEL—now playing at the Nuart—the brief 1990s encounter of Jacques (Pierre Deladonchamps) and Arthur (Vincent Lacoste) is haunted by the long shadows and quotations of some of the writers Honoré recently celebrated in his stage piece Les IdolesBernard-Marie Koltès, Hervé Guibert—supplemented by queer icons and allies Jean Genet, Isabelle Huppert, Robert Wilson, Walt Whitman, W.H. Auden, David Hockney, Andy Warhol, and Rainer Werner Fassbinder.

Jacques, not willing to undergo yet another course of AIDS treatment, is reaching the end of his story just as Arthur—like Honoré, a transplant from the provinces—is beginning his. With a little help from his idols, Jacques can put Arthur on the path to become a proper young Parisian.


Through March 21.

Nuart Theatre

11272 Santa Monica Boulevard, West Los Angeles.

From top: Pierre Deladonchamps (foreground) and Vincent Lacoste in Sorry Angel; Deladonchamps; Deladonchamps and Lacoste; Lacoste.