SIFF: Opening Night – Footnotes
- Thursday, June 1, 2017 – 8:00PM
- Adult: $14
- Prime: $50
- Choice: $45
SIFF opening night at KPC. A reception will precede the screening starting at 6:30 PM.
France | 2016 | 90 minutes | Kostia Testut
La La Land meets Norma Rae with a pinch of Jacques Demy in this toe-tapping working-class musical comedy with a social conscience about a young woman who gets her dream job at a luxury shoe factory, only to become enmeshed in a labor strike.
Social realism and musical fantasy seamlessly blend in Paul Calori and Kostia Testut’s debut feature film. Things seem to be looking up when 20-something Julie leaves a thankless job and lands a position at a designer shoe factory famous for adorning the feet of fashion-forward women all over Paris. She quickly makes friends with the quirky receptionist and even learns how to dodge the flirtatious advantages of the charming factory truck driver. However, her dreams of steady employment and fancy footwear start to fall apart when she learns that the facility may close temporarily due to low demand and financial difficulty. Julie’s new co-workers convince her to accompany them to the factory’s headquarters in Paris, where they plan to protest the closure and safeguard their careers. Stuck in the middle as a new employee without too much at stake, yet wanting to stand strong with her female colleagues, Julie must decide whether to lie low or fight back. Inspired by the works of Jacques Demy and Stanley Donen, Footnotes is a toe-tapping, working-class musical comedy with a social conscience-boasting impressive song-and-dance numbers complete with choreography and original songs by contemporary musicians.
Director Biography: French filmmakers Kostia Testut and Paul Calori first worked together, as writers and directors, in 2008 on the short film Les Silence Des Machines. Footnotes is their second project together.
$50 Party & Film – General Admission
$45 Party & Film – SIFF Member
$14 Film only – General Admission
$12 Film only – SIFF Member
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