SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL – PARIS, 13TH DISTRICT

Rating: R18+
Length: 106 mins
Cast: Lucie Zhang, Makita Samba, Noémie Merlant

Palme d’Or winner Jacques Audiard’s (A Prophet, Rust and Bone, Dheepan) tale of Parisian young love and sex is a vibrant adaptation of Adrian Tomine’s graphic novel Killing and Dying.

Emilie (Lucie Zhang) is a graduate of a prestigious university but works a lowly job in a call centre, and lives in an apartment belonging to her nursing home bound grandmother. When she takes on handsome Camille (Makita Samba) as a roommate, the two begin an intense sexual arrangement. However, Camille isn’t looking for a relationship, and the friendship soon sours. Then Camille falls for Nora (Noémie Merlant, Portrait of a Lady on Fire, SFF 2019), a law student forced to leave her university after she’s mistaken for a “cam girl”. Co-written with two of French cinema’s brightest writer-directors, Léa Mysius (Ava) and Céline Sciamma (Petite Maman, SFF 2021), Paris, 13th District sees Audiard explore exciting new terrain with high impact results.