Playground (HKIFF46)

Genre
SPECIAL PROGRAMME
Release Date
24 Aug 2022 (Wed)
Category
--- (HK), ---(Macau)
Running Time
73 Minutes
Language
French / Chinese and English Subtitle
Director
Laura Wandel
Cast
Maya Vanderbeque, Günter Duret, Karim Leklou, Laura Verlinden
Synopsis
It’s Nora’s first day of primary school. So begins her lonely, frightened struggle for future selfhood. Turning the playground into a gripping psychological battlefield, Laura Wandel’s immersive debut conceives a school system that fosters a kind of Darwinian cruelty. Seen through the puzzled eyes of little Nora, the rattling camerawork draws us into her gargantuan moral dilemmas, as she witnesses her brother being bullied, and must forge her own path through a tough, unforgiving world. Un Certain Regard, Cannes.

It’s Nora’s first day of primary school. So begins her lonely, frightened struggle for future selfhood. Turning the playground into a gripping psychological battlefield, Laura Wandel’s immersive debut conceives a school system that fosters a kind of Darwinian cruelty. Seen through the puzzled eyes of little Nora, the rattling camerawork draws us into her gargantuan moral dilemmas, as she witnesses her brother being bullied, and must forge her own path through a tough, unforgiving world. Un Certain Regard, Cannes.

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