We have teamed up with the fabulous folks at the IFI to give you the chance to win one of three pairs of tickets to see Sauvage when it opens on Friday, March 1. Just answer the question below to be in with a chance to win.
22 year-old Léo (Félix Maritaud) is a rent boy on the streets of Strasbourg. He is by turns a hustler and a lonely boy lost, who craves intimate connections amidst his succession of anonymous clients. Léo is sick with unrequited love for one of the fraternal group of prostitutes he hangs with, who counsels him to find an older, financially secure man as a means of escape.
Although struggling with health and drug problems, Léo is reluctant to sacrifice what he views as freedom for the comforts of being a kept man. This bracing first feature by writer-director Camille Vidal-Naquet balances raw authenticity with moments of profound tenderness and compassion.
Vidal-Naquet’s directorial debut attracted some controversy after its screening at the Cannes Film Festival in May last year when a number of audience members walked out following a particularly graphic scene.
It’s not all negative controversy for Sauvage, however, with other audience members responding warmly to the film. Speaking to Vulture, Maritaud recalls the moment he became a real-life confidant for an American woman moved to tears in her seat. The actor took the woman in his arms as she thanked him, describing the moment as “strong, beautiful and honest”.
Meanwhile, the film has received an abundance of praise and critical acclaim. Variety called it a “savage directing debut”, while Telérama described it as “impossible to forget”.
To be in with a chance of winning two opening weekend tickets to Sauvage, just answer the following question. Closing date for entry is February 27.
This competition has now closed and winners have been informed by email. Check gcn.ie/competitions for the latest.
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