THE SOWER

Following the coup d’état of December 2, 1851, President Louis
Napoleon Bonaparte was crowned Emperor Napoleon III, setting off
a bloody campaign of repression to root out his opponents. In some
regions, entire villages were cleared of their adult male population,
leaving women and children to fare for themselves. Marine Francen’s
accomplished first feature uses this historical context and the true
story of a man who wandered into a village exclusively occupied by
women to explore female desire, solidarity, and resilience, raising
quietly radical philosophical and political questions. After all the men
in a village in Provence have been killed or deported, young Violette
convinces the other young women to agree that they will share any
man to arrive among them. When a mysterious stranger does finally
appear, all goes to plan—until he and Violette fall in love. Openly inspired
by great French realist painters of the nineteenth century such
as Jean-François Millet, The Sower is also one of the most ravishingly
composed debuts in recent memory.

DIRECTOR
Marine Francen

SCREENPLAY
Marine Francen
Jacqueline Surchat
Jacques Fieschi
Olivier Cena
Virginie Sauveur

CAST
Pauline Burlet
Géraldine Pailhas
Alban Lenoir
Iliana Zabeth
Françoise Lebrun

DETAILS
Drama
French
98 min.
France, Belgium, 2017
DCP, Blu-Ray

DISTRIBUTOR
Film Movement

PRICE RANGE
$350-$450