Sauvage (18) + ScreenTalk with director Camille Vidal-Naquet

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Sauvage

Director Camille Vidal-Naquet joins us following a preview screening of Sauvage, which follows the daily misfortunes of a lonesome sex worker.

Leo (Félix Maritaud) is a 22-year-old sex worker who yearns for affection. In poor health and with no fixed address, he finds fleeting solace in the arms of the men he meets through his work. The crushing solitude of Leo’s life is tempered when he falls for fellow hustler Ahd.

But when his romantic feelings are violently rebuffed, Leo begins to spiral, questioning if he will ever find the love he so desperately craves.

While the title might imply a wild, even feral, affair (and indeed this sexually explicit film comes with its fair share of brutality), Camille Vidal-Naquet’s arresting debut is also one of quiet introspection and disarming fragility.

Barbican Cinema Curator Alex Davidson interviews director Camille Vidal-Naquet after the screening.

France 2018 Dir Camille Vidal-Naquet 99 min

Alex Davidson is a Cinema Curator at the Barbican. He has curated film screenings and events at the BFI, JW3, Cambridge Film Festival and Yangon LGBT Film Festival and is a regularly contributor to Sight & Sound. His specialism is queer cinema and television.
 

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