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NARRATIVE FEATURE | 97 MIN | 2014

THE KIDNAPPING OF MICHEL HOUELLEBECQ

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When best-selling and famously reclusive novelist Michel Houllebecq disappeared during his book tour in 2011, the rumors that spread regarding his whereabouts ran the gamut from suicide to, as the title suggests, a kidnapping. So endless was the speculation that we now have a perfectly perplexing film about it. Partly based on real-life events and starring Houellebecq himself, this fascinating and, despite its ominous-sounding title, wildly funny film blurs the line between fiction and documentary. Whatever the real truth may be, what we do know is that director Guillaume Nicloux has created a highly entertaining and farcical piece of cinema that echoes the dry tone and tongue-in-cheek presentation of its unique and ever-unconventional subject.

-Frederic Boyer
Film Information
Year: 2014
Length: 97 minutes
Language: French
Country: France
Premiere: North American
Cast & Credits
Director: Guillaume Nicloux
Screenwriter: Guillaume Nicloux
Producer: Sylvie Pialat
Editor: Guy Lecorne
Cinematographer: Christophe Offenstein
Executive Producer: Sylvie Pialat
Cast: Michel Houellebecq, Maria Bourjala, Luc Schwarz, Mathieu Nicourt, Maxime Lefrançois
Press Contacts

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Arnaud Aubelle
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Camille Neel
Le Pacte
Paris, 75017
Phone: +33 1 44 69 59 59
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International Sales Contact
Camille Neel
Le Pacte
Paris, 75017
Phone: +33 1 44 69 59 59
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Press Contact
Tiffany Malloy
Tribeca Film Festival
New York, 10013
Phone: 201 925 1122
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About the Director(s)
From experimental cinema (Les Enfants volants, La Vie crevée) to film noir triptych (Une affaire privée, Cette femme-là, La Clef), from comedy (Le Poulpe, Holiday) to political film (L’affaire Gordji), and drama (Faut pas rire du bonheur, la Reine des connes), Guillaume Nicloux explores different genres and weaves complex but inseparable links between each of his films.

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