A jury of four exhibitors announced today that “La Belle Vie,” the feature debut of French director Jean Denizot, is the the winner of the Venice Film Festival’s Europa Cinemas Label, as part of the festival’s Venice Days section.
The cast includes Zacharie Chasseriaud, Jules Pelissier, SolEne Rigot, Nicolas Bouchaud, Jean-Philippe Ecoffey and Maya Sansa. Here’s the synopsis:
Sylvain and Pierre have been running from the law ever since a custody battle with their mother, won by the latter, pushed their father Yves into hiding ten years ago. But now that they’re older, the two brothers are road-weary and eager to take advantage of the perks of young adulthood. When the authorities discover their whereabouts, they are forced to move yet again and Pierre, the elder, disappears. Alone with his father on an island in the Loire River, Sylvain meets Gilda: his first girl, his first crush, and the first stop on his way to “the good life” – his own.
“La Belle Vie,” sold internationally by the Match Factory and produced by Mezzanine Films, will receive promotional support and better exhibition from Europa Cinemas.