Florida Premiere

DIRECTED BY Laurent Cantet

Country: France
Language: French
Subtitles: English
Original Title: L'ATELIER

Running Time: 113min
Film Year: 2017
Category: Film

Laurent Cantet’s Palme d’Or-winning The Class was a profound examination of contemporary education in all its social and pedagogical complexities. Set in a summer creative writing workshop, Cantet’s new film, The Workshop, veers into a very different, very intriguing direction.

Presided over by a published crime novelist, the workshop’s objective is to have its working-class, mixed race, adolescent participants collectively compose a novel set in their coastal French town. Reaching consensus proves difficult, and Antoine, the most outspoken, contentious participant begins to dominate—and destabilize—the proceedings.

Under Cantet’s steely focus, The Workshop seamlessly shifts from a film in which people discuss a thriller to a film that is itself a fiercely intelligent thriller, grounded in the fraught sociopolitical landscape these kids are inheriting. –Jaie Laplante


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Director: Laurent Cantet
Producer: Denis Freyd
Screenwriter: Robin Campillo, Laurent Cantet

Music: Bedis Tir, Edouard Pons
Cinematographer: Pierre Milon

Cast: Marina Foïs, Matthieu Lucci

Laurent Cantet

Laurent Cantet is a French filmmaker. His films include Time Out (01), Heading South (05), The Class (08), which won the Cannes Palme d’Or and was nominated for an Oscar, and the Havana-set Return to Ithaca (14), scripted by Leonardo Padura. The Workshop (17) premiered at Cannes earlier this year.