Longwave  {Les grands ondes (a l’ouest)}
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Les grands ondes (a l’ouest)
France, 2013, 85 Minute Running Time
Additional Countries: Switzerland/Portugal
US Premiere
Topics: Comedy, Road Movie, Romantic Comedy
Program: World Cinema Now
Language: French English Sub-Titles

It’s 1974, and a French-speaking Swiss radio crew has been dispatched to Portugal for a puff piece on Swiss philanthropy in the then-developing country. Vying for command of this fool’s errand are faltering feminist Julie (Valérie Donzelli, director/star of 2012 Festival favorite Declaration of War), who’s been sleeping with the boss in the hopes of getting a primetime slot for her women’s issues show, and Cauvin (La Comédie-Française vet Michel Vuillermoz), a weathered war reporter whose memory is as spotty as his Portuguese. Just when it seems their report is a total bust, fortune arrives in the form of Lisbon’s “Carnation Revolution,” sweeping the inhibited Swiss up in a sensational tide of political and sexual liberation—and the scoop of a lifetime.

Perfectly capturing the buoyant spirit (and aesthetics) of 1970s comedies, Longwave’s screwball humor derives its heart from the actors’ warm and genial performances. Rousing Gershwin tunes, a delightful impromptu musical number and a script cleverly lined with deadpan jokes to balance out the nostalgic sight gags, meanwhile, give the movie its irresistible energy.

Filmmaker(s) attending: Director

DIRECTOR: Lionel Baier
Producer: Pauline Gygax, Max Karli, Lionel Baier, François d’Artemare, Philippe Martin, Maria Joao Mayer
Editor: Pauline Gaillard
Screenwriter: Lionel Baier, Julien Bouissoux
Cinematographer: Patrick Lindenmaier
Music: Georges Gershwin
Principal Cast: Valérie Donzelli, Michel Vuillermoz, Patrick Lapp, Francisco Belard
Filmography: Toulouse (2011)
Un autre homme (2008)
Stealth (2006)
Stupid Boy (2004)
Print Source: Films Boutique

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