School's Out

a SÉBASTIEN MARNIER picture

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Title

School's Out

Director

Sébastien Marnier

Producer

Caroline Bonmarchand (Avenue B)

Nationality

France

Year

2018

Duration

103'

Language

French

Format

5.1

Ratio

2.39

Original Title

L'Heure de la sortie

Synopsis

Synopsis

Based on the book 'School's Out' by Christophe Duffosé, Winner of the First Book Prize and translated into ten languages.

Professor Capadis throws himself from the class window under the frightened eyes of his students. Six of them remain oddly insensitive. Pierre Hoffman is the substitute French teacher. He soon notices the strangely violent behavior of this united group of six. Precocious and unusually smart, the teens spread hostility and fear across the school. Soon, Pierre discovers their dark vision of a doomed future and their deep resentment towards the powerless adults who can no longer protect them. Pierre becomes gradually obsessed by these intriguing angry kids. They make his life a total nightmare but despite that he cares for them. When he discovers their dark project he does everything he can to stop them.

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Press

"The film's final design is evident: to transform anxiety into the fuzzy outlines it’s been conveying since its electroshock beginning, with a level of urgency and striking relevancy. Just like the singular way in which the director manages to dupe the audience, to make us open our eyes, to make us face the truth for once and for all, because it's about time!"

CINEUROPA

"Sébastien Marnier’s second feature borrows stylistic devices from horror to create an atmosphere of suffocating paranoia."

SCREENDAILY

"The tone of the film is unsettling, dark, and it raises important questions related to youth."

TELERAMA

"The mise-en-scene allows the viewer to dive into Pierre’s nightmares and turn this social drama into a true Kafskaesque fable."

"The inextricably hostile behavior of this group of students and the investigation their substitute teacher dives into regarding their unusual extracurricular activities turn this movie into a real ecological tale."

A VOIR A LIRE

"For his second long-feature, Sébastien Marnier deploys all his talent with a film strongly influenced by the cinema of Michael Haneke."

ANONIMA CINEFILI

"Unnerving, provocative, and fiercely contemporary, School’s Out is a political and existential thriller that’s journey is hypnotic, and that’s final destination is perfectly terrifying."

PAJIBA

"Director Sébastien Marnier has directed a genuinely frightening thriller, the scariest proposition of which is that the children who have been failed by generations past may not all go quietly into the environmental disaster we have built for them to call a future."

SCREEN MAYHEM

"If there’s one thing that School’s Out does fantastically, it’s keeping its audience intrigued at every turn. Red herrings and fever dreams abound as the film builds to its climax, seen through Romain Carcanade’s brilliant
cinematographic lens and soundtracked by Zombie Zombie’s sparse, spine-tingling synths."

THE PANOPTIC

Festivals
& Awards

Venice International Film Festival
Out of Competition

Austin Fantastic Fest
Winner of Special Mention

Sitges Fantastic Film Festival
Winner of Special Mention

London Film Festival

Macao International FF

Namur IFF
Junior Jury Prize

Leeds International Film Festival

All About Freedom Festival

Geneva International Film Festival - Tous Ecrans

Tallinn Black Nights Festival

Les Arcs Film Festivals

Ramdam Film Festival

Rendez-Vous with French Cinema

Brussels Offscreen

Prague Febiofest

Cleveland Film Festival

Richmond Frecnh Film Festival

International Istanbul Film Festival

Crossing Europe

Bucheon Fantastic FF

Greek French Film Festival

Cast & Crew

Laurent Lafitte
Emmanuelle Bercot
Gringe
Pascal Greggory
Grégory Montel
Producer Caroline Bonmarchand
Screenplay, Adaptation Sébastien Marnier
Elise Griffon
Director of Photography Romain Carcanade
Editor Isabelle Manquillet
Sound Benjamin Laurent
Emmanuel Croset
Original Music Zombie Zombie

Releases

France (Haut et Court)

09.01.2019

Spain (Vercine)

24.05.2019

Italy (Teodora)

05.07.2019

Brazil (Supomungam Films)

25.07.2019

Lebanon (Empire)

18.04.2019

TaÏwan (Spotlight)

04.07.2020

Belgium (Cinema Palace)

10.07.2019