Abdellatif Kechiche’s unique achievement, with Part One in Venice, Part Two at Cannes

Posted on May 23, 2019


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In terms of pedigree, Abdellatif Kechiche’s Mektoub, My Love series may be unprecedented. The first part (subtitled Canto Uno), adapted from François Bégaudeau’s French novel La Blessure, la vraie (The Real Wound), was screened in the main competition section of the 2017 Venice International Film Festival. And the second part (Intermezzo) will be part of the 2019 Cannes Film Festival competition line-up. Has there been another film whose instalments were in the running for the most coveted award in two different (and major) film festivals? And let’s not forget that Kechiche’s Blue Is the Warmest Colour created its own kind of history, becoming the first film to win three Palme d’Ors: one for Kechiche as director and one each for the lead actresses, Léa Seydoux and Adèle Exarchopoulos. The latter are the first-ever non-directors to win a Palme d’Or and the only women since director Jane Campion to take home the prize.

Which brings us to more drama than you’ll find in the three hours of Mektoub, My Love: Canto Uno. Like the film, this off-screen drama, too, unfolds in two parts. ACT ONE: In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Kechiche revealed that his financiers had withdrawn from Mektoub during the post-production stage. He had promised to deliver one two-hour film, but he felt the final work was better represented as a diptych: two chapters of three hours each. “I encounter a hostility in the French cinema of today since I do not belong to this family, which does not hesitate to express its disdain toward me,” the Tunisia-born director said. And so we segue to ACT TWO: Kechiche decided to auction off his Palme d’Or, as well as several items from the set of Blue Is the Warmest Colour, to raise the finances to complete the Mektoub movies.

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