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EFFACER L’HISTORIQUE
(DELETE HISTORY)

by Benoît Delépine and Gustave Kervern
2021 | 110 min

Dramedy| France, Belgium | French (English subtitles)

Cast:  Denis O'Hare, Benoît Poelvoorde, Corinne Masiero, Yolande Moreau, Bouli Lanners, Denis Podalydès, Michel Houellebecq, Blanche Gardin, Avant Strangel, Jackie Berroyer

CANADIAN PREMIERE

In a provincial suburb, three neighbours are overtaken by new technologies and social media. There’s Marie, who could be about to lose the respect of her son because of a sex tape; Bertrand’s daughter, a victim of on online bullying; and Christine whose Uber ratings are refusing to take off. With the help of a genuine hacker, they resolve to fight the mighty windmills of contemporary living – the Big Tech companies. Maybe their battle is screwed from the beginning – but you never know…

FESTIVALS:  

  • Buenos Aires International Independent Film Festival (Argentina, 2021)

  • Cesar Awards - French film industry awards (2021)

  • The Alliance Française French Film Festival (Australia, 2021)

  • Rendez-vous with French Cinema in Paris (2021)

  • Berlin French Film Week (2020)

  • French Film Varilux Panorama in Brazil (2020)

  • Ljubljana Film Festival (Slovenia, 2020)

  • Seville European Film Festival (Spain, 2020)

  • Thessaloniki - International Film Festival (Greece, 2020)

  • Tokyo International Film Festival (2020)

  • Tübingen -Stuttgart International French-language (Germany, 2020)

  • El Gouna Film Festival (Egypt, 2020)

  • Vienna (Viennale) - International Film Festival (Austria, 2020)

  • Helvetia French Film Festival (Switzerland, 2020)

  • Norwegian International Film Festival in Haugesund (2020)

  • Berlin International Film Festival (2020)

FILM REVIEWS:  

A hilarious analysis of the terrible world we live in. (…)

Masiero, Podalydes and Gardin are all experienced comedians and actors but new to Delepine and Kervern’s immediately identifiable brand of socially conscious craziness. They fit perfectly into the directors’ unique worldview, which can be hilarious and melancholic at the same time.

— The Hollywood Reporter

 

Benoît Delépine and Gustave Kervern skewer the absurdities of the digital age in this slapdash sendup of so-called modern convenience. (…) If Network was the hyper-articulate, mad-as-hell takedown of what television had wrought on American culture, then Delete History is its slapdash answer for the Facebook/Google/Amazon generation. 

— Variety

 

Always purposefully odd and absurd, and yet also clearly grounded in relatable situations and emotions as well.

— Concrete Playground

 

The triviality of contemporary society, the need to consume, to own – this type of real-life existence can verge on being farcical, and so all Delépine and Kervern have done is give it a gentle nudge. (…) Effacer l’historique accurately sums up many aspects of modern existence.

— The UPcoming

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