Paris 05:59

Saturday 9.07.2016
Screening followed by Q&A
Lower Silesia Film Centre, room Warszawa

Sale: 12 PLN

*discount ticket
dir. Olivier Ducastel, Jacques Martineau, France, 2015, 97 min.

Even though we prefer not to think about it, HIV is still a part of our world and it’s waiting to catch the reckless. Like Hugo – one of the characters in Paris 05:59, who did not use protection during a one night stand. Although the AIDS epidemic has been pretty much stopped in Europe, and the old “gay cancer” is not a stranger any more, cinema still rarely explores this subject. The work of Olivier Ducastel and Jacques Martineau – directors who left this year’s Berlinale with the audience award earned in the Teddy Award competition for movies about LGBTQ – raises the question: do HIV positive people stand a chance of finding love? Their film tells a love and sex story in a very open way. It starts with a few-minute-long sex scene in a gay club, which beautifully combines naturalism and poetry. This is only a prelude to the slow love story, bringing Before Sunrise and the sequels of the Richard Linklater movie to mind. The directorial duo tells a story, which starts at 4:27 a.m., in real time. It turns out that within an hour and a half anything can happen between two people.

Adults only


Screaning on July 7 will be followed by a debate.

The controversial “Paris 05:59” production became famous for its over ten-minute long orgy scene in a gay club. What does bravery in cinema really mean today? What themes are still banned? How does the cinema surpass habits of the audience? Is the audience ready for it? After the screening we will talk to the film directors, Olivier Ducastel and Jacques Martineau, the Polish distributor – Jakub Mroz (Tongariro Releasing) and Jakub Majmurek (journalist, “Krytyka Polityczna”). The debate will be led by Grzegorz Stępniak, an expert in the field of queer studies. The meeting will be held in English.