Paris, 13th District

(Les olympiades)

Director: Jacques Audiard
2021 | France | 105m
GENRE: Bisexual | Drama | Lesbian | Relationships | Sexuality
SECTION: Narrative Features

In one of the queer highlights at this year's Cannes Film Festival, Oscar-nominated director Jacques Audiard (A Prophet) teams up with co-writers Céline Sciamma (Portrait of a Lady on Fire) and Léa Mysius (Ava) for this stylish mosaic about the erotic and romantic entanglements of a diverse, sexually fluid quartet of Parisians whose lives intersect in the city's 13th arrondissement. Just as quickly as handsome, teacher Camille (Makita Samba) moves in with Émilie (Lucie Zhang), the new roommates hook up, complicating the dynamics of their living space. Meanwhile, on a fateful night out, Nora (Noémie Merlant, also of Portrait of a Lady on Fire fame) is repeatedly mistaken for a kinky camgirl named Amber Sweet (Jehnny Beth, of the band Savages), which sparks a desire to connect with her online doppelgänger. Adapted from a trio of stories by frequent New Yorker illustrator Adrian Tomine, Paris, 13th District captures romance in the 21st century with both a fresh, vibrant energy and a timeless spirit. 

  • Language: In French and Mandarin with English subtitles