Sympathie pour le diable

Sympathy for the devil

Director: Guillaume de Fontenay

Featuring: Elisa Lasowski, Niels Schneider, Ella Rumpf

Language: French subtitled in English

Runtime: 102 minutes

Rating: 14A


A rising star who first made a major impression on moviegoers when he played Xavier Dolan’s object of desire in HEARTBEATS, Niels Schneider is even more startling in director Guillaume de Fontenay’s vivid portrait of Paul Marchand, a French journalist who eagerly accepts all the dangers that surround him in war-torn Sarajevo if it means getting the world to care about its citizens’ sufferings. Based on the late Marchand’s memoir, sympathie pour le diable is an incisive drama about the madness, hypocrisy and horror of war from the perspective of a complex and sometimes frustrating outsider who’s motivated as much by his addiction to risk as his nobler instincts.

Filmmaker Bio

Award-winning commercial director Guillaume de Fontenay has helmed over two hundred spots over the course of his career with brands that include Pepsi, Bailey’s, Honda, Dodge, Toyota, Kellogg’s and many more.

Guillaume de Fontenay began working in theater, then advertising as an art director. His multi-faceted and important theater background gives him a unique artistic vision and meticulous directorial approach. He has won multiple awards for his advertising work in New York, Chicago, London, Paris, Montreal, Toronto, including The Ad Council Gold Bell, three Silver Screen Award at the US International Film & Video Festival, Cassie Awards Grand Prix and many Gold, several Prix Crea, an FWA, two Marcus Awards from the European Car Advertising Film Festival.

In addition to directing commercials, de Fontenay has also designed large-scale exhibits “Warhol Live,” one of the biggest Warhol retrospectives to date, produced by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in partnership with the Andy Warhol Museum and the de Young Museum in San Francisco.

His short film The Return_Triptych as been presented at Clermont-Ferrand and in different festival around the world.


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