Premiere - Rosalie: A memorable premiere by Club Allociné

By Mulder, Paris, Forum des Images, 20 march 2024

The evening of Wednesday March 20 made a lasting impression with an event that captured the hearts of cinephiles and critics alike: the avant-première screening of the film Rosalie at the Club AlloCiné at the Forum des Images. This exclusive screening was made all the more special by the presence of the film's team: director Stéphanie Di Giusto, alongside the talented Nadia Tereszkiewicz and Benoît Magimel, who brilliantly portrayed the main characters in this dramatic historical epic.

Rosalie, a film that already caused a sensation at its world premiere in the Un Certain Regard section at the 76th Cannes Film Festival, ventures into the captivating story of Rosalie, played with remarkable finesse by Nadia Tereszkiewicz. Set in France in the 1870s, Rosalie is a woman like no other. Since birth, her face and body have been covered in hair, a secret she guards preciously, fearing rejection and stigmatization. Rosalie's life takes an unexpected turn when she crosses paths with Abel, an indebted café owner played by Benoît Magimel, who marries Rosalie for her dowry, unaware of her secret.

The evening began with a warm introduction from the AlloCiné team, highlighting the film's importance in today's cinematic landscape and its unique approach to universal themes such as difference, love and self-acceptance. The enthusiasm was palpable in the room, filled with club members, journalists and film enthusiasts, all eager to discover the film.

Beyond its impressive performances, Rosalie stands out for its perfectly mastered and audacious direction. Stéphanie Di Giusto, with the help of screenwriter Sandrine Le Coustumer and a treatment by Le Coustumer and Alexandra Echkenazi, delivers a cinematic work in which every frame, every light and every musical note, composed by the talented Hania Rani, contribute to creating an immersive atmosphere that transports viewers to another time and place. The choice of settings, mainly in the picturesque region of Brittany, and the cinematography by Christos Voudouris wrap the story in a raw, poetic beauty.

The discussion that followed the screening offered moments of rich and profound exchange between audience members and the film's team. Questions ranged from the inspirations behind Rosalie's story, to the challenges of production, to the messages the film seeks to convey. Stéphanie Di Giusto shared anecdotes about the genesis of the project and her encounters with the shooting locations, while Nadia Tereszkiewicz and Benoît Magimel talked about their preparation process to authentically embody their complex and nuanced characters.

This moment of sharing underlined the team's commitment to exploring difficult themes with sensitivity and intelligence, and reaffirmed the importance of cinema as a mirror of society, capable of challenging our prejudices and celebrating our common humanity.

As Rosalie prepares for its official release in France on April 10, 2024, the preview organized by AlloCiné will be remembered as a testament to the power of cinema to unite, inspire and provoke thought. The evening was not just a celebration of a film, but a tribute to creativity, art and humanity in all its diversity.

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Rosalie is a young woman in 1870 France, but she's not like other young women. She hides a secret: since birth, her face and body have been covered in hair. For fear of rejection, she has always been forced to shave. Until the day when Abel, a debt-ridden café owner, ...

Directed by Stéphanie Di Giusto
Written by Stéphanie Di Giusto, Sandrine Le Coustumer, Alexandra Echkenazi
Produced by Alain Attal
Starring Nadia Tereszkiewicz, Benoît Magimel
Cinematography : Christos Voudouris
Edited by Nassim Gordji-Tehrani
Music by Hania Rani
Production companies: Trésor Films, France 3 Cinéma, Laurent Dassault Rond Point, Artémis Productions, Gaumont
Distributed by Gaumont
Release dates : 18 May 2023 (Cannes), 10 April 2024 (France)
Running time : 115 minutes

Photos and videos : Boris Colletier / Mulderville