Eastern Boys

Francia, 2013, 35mm, 128', col.

director:

Robin Campillo

Eastern Boys

A group of young Slavic immigrants live and sleep around the Gare du Nord in Paris, which they have turned into their hunting ground. Among these youngsters is Marek who is noticed by a 50-year-old loner named Daniel. Daniel invites Marek to his place in order to pay him for sex. However, the next day the whole gang shows up at Daniel's place, ransacking his house and burgling it. The leader of the gang is Boss, a curt, arrogant Russian who clearly threatens the owner of the house. Inexplicably, though, Marek turns up again at Daniel's and, together the two start to build a deep bond, which moves away from prostitution, the starting point of their relationship. What threatens their relationship is the past of the young man, a fugitive from Chechnya, who grew up surrounded by the same violence that is now embodied in the power exercised by Boss. Daniel encourages Marek to leave Boss behind and move on. A tense but hopeful love story, winner of the Venice Horizons Award in 2013. 

screenplay

Robin Campillo, Gilles Marchand

editing

Robin Campillo

photography

Jeanne Lapoirie

costume design

Isabelle Pannetier

sound

Olivier Mauvezin

music

Arnaud Rebotini

cast

Olivier Rabourdin, Kirill Emelyanov, Daniil Vorobyev, Edéa Darcque, Bislan Yakhiaev, Moahamed Doukouzov, Camila Chakirova, Aitor Bourgade, Beka Markozashvili

producer

Hugues Charbonneau, Marie-Ange Luciani

production

Les Films de Pierre

 

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Robin Campillo

Biofilmography

Robin Campillo studied cinema at IDHEC in Paris and, after his first experiences as screenwriter and editor, he debuted as director with the fantasy movie Les Revenants (2004). Together with Fraçois Bégaudeau and Laurent Canted, he wrote Entre les murs (2006), which, among other nominations, was awarded the Cannes Film Festival Palm d'Or and the César for Best Adapted Screenplay. He later directed Eastern Boys (2013), winner of the best film award in the Horizon section at Venice, and 120 battements par minute (2017), which won 5 awards at Cannes Film Festival, including the Jury Grand Prix and the Queer Palm.