THREE DAYS AND A LIFE (TROIS JOURS ET UNE VIE)
North American Premiere | France | 2019 | Drama, Thriller |120 min | In French with English subtitles
Directed by: Nicolas Boukhrief
Written by: Pierre Lemaitre (based on his own novel), Perrine Margaine
Cinematography: Manuel Dacosse
Film Editing: Lydia Boukhrief
Original Score: Rob
Produced by: Sidonie Dumas (Gaumont), Julien Colombani (Mahi Films), France 3 Cinéma
Cast: Pablo Pauly (Antoine), Sandrine Bonnaire (Blanche), Charles Berling (Mr Desmet), Margot Bancilhon (Valentine), Philippe Torreton (the doctor), Dimitri Storoge
International Sales: Gaumont
Director Nicolas Boukhrief exhibits extraordinary elegance and psychological restraint in bringing master crime writer Pierre Lemaitre’s own adaptation of his haunting 2016 novel to the screen. His talented cast only amplifies that same judiciousness in breathing life into a series of well-drawn, complex characters. Their story opens on Christmas day 1999, in a small Belgian village, at the apex of three tumultuous days in the life of 12-year-old Antoine. Three days that will impact the trajectory of his entire life. A taut, suspenseful character study, Three Days and One Life is a heartbreaking, gripping thriller about missteps and terrible secrets, and the enormous toll they take on one boy’s life.
Director Nicolas Boukhrief is also a well-known screenwriter, actor and film critic for Starfix magazine and Le Journal du cinéma on Canal+. He made his directorial debut in 1995 with Va Mourir and went on to write and direct seven additional features, including the audacious investigative thriller Made in France (COLCOA Audience Special Prize, 2016) and The Confession (COLCOA 2017). Co-screenwriter Pierre Lemaitre is an internationally renowned author of crime novels and screenplays. Best known for a series of novels featuring the character Camille Verhœven, he was honored with the prestigious Prix Goncourt for his 2013 novel The Great Swindle, which he subsequently adapted for the screen with director Albert Dupontel as the highly-acclaimed See You Up There (COLCOA American Students Award, 2018). That film earned him a César Award for Best Adapted Screenplay.
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