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IFFBoston Fall Focus: Non-Fiction

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IFFBoston Fall Focus 2018

Special Premiere Screening!

$13 General Admission
$11 IFFBoston & Brattle members, students, and seniors*
Brattle Member passes accepted pending availability.

*Limited to one ticket per screening per membership card or Student ID. Tickets bought online must be verified with your valid membership card/ID at time of pick up at the Brattle Box Office. Member discount cannot be combined with other offers.


Digital disruption is all around us these days, and Olivier Assayas, who structured much of his recent film PERSONAL SHOPPER around cellphones and texting, returns to this theme in his highly intelligent new examination of what this technology means to our lives. NON-FICTION is both a delicious comedy of manners and an enquiry focused on a group of middle-aged, middle-class French men and women, and how they are affected by the hyperconnectivity of today.

Alain (Guillaume Canet) is a self-assured and successful book publisher struggling with the ins and outs of both his professional and private life. His relationship with his wife, Serena (Juliette Binoche), has gone slightly stale, and he has to deal delicately with one of his long-time authors (Vincent Macaigne), who has written a new manuscript and is pushing for its publication. Complicating this is Alain’s enthusiastic embrace of digital and social media, which has led him to hire an impressively ambitious young woman as the “head of digital transition” in his company. As Alain pushes his new-media agenda forward, he encounters, variously, support and resistance from friends and colleagues.

Assayas’ often-hilarious social critique is powered by a series of conversations about what this technological transition has meant for all of us—what is gained and what is lost. NON-FICTION offers a subtle probing of what lies behind those conversations themselves, as well as behind the actions and behavior of its ensemble of characters, all of whom are undergoing crises of values and beliefs.

—Piers Handling, Toronto International Film Festival

106 min.

Directed by:
Olivier Assayas

Guillaume Canet
Juliette Binoche
Vincent Macaigne
Christa Théret
Nora Hamzawi