Country: Belgium, France
Original Title: Une jeunesse dorée
Running Time: 111min
Film Year: 2019
Category: Knight Marimbas Award
Rose (Galatea Bellugi), 16, was abandoned by her parents when she was a child, but thankfully she has her fiancé Michel (Lukas Ionesco) by her side, who loves her as much as she loves him. Through their rose-tinted glasses, they see the Paris they move to as the most magical, exciting city on Earth: it’s the height of the Palace years, and they find themselves living alongside eccentrics, artists, and intellectuals. Rose and Michel can’t help but being swept up into the exuberance of their new friends’ lifestyles, full of extravagant parties and eternal nights. It’s at one of said parties that they meet Lucille and Hubert, a couple of bourgeois bohemians who take a liking to the young couple. Soon, an unusual relationship will develop between the four of them, blurring the lines between friendship, love, and sex more than they could have ever imagined.
Reteaming with Isabelle Huppert (recipient of the prestigious Precious Gem Icon Award at the 2018 Miami Film Festival) after the grand success of their first collaboration, The Little Princess (2011), Eva Ionesco imbues the screen with all the magic and joie-de-vivre of 1970s Paris, a time of freedoms, ideals, and dreams that back then seemed untouchable. Full of autobiographical elements and period details to swoon over, Golden Youth is a celebration of the most beautiful parts of being young and in love.
Director: Eva Ionesco
Producer: Marie-Jeanne Pascal, Mélita Toscan du Plantier, NJJ Entertainment, Scope Pictures, Diligence Films
Screenwriter: Eva Ionesco, Simon Liberati
Executive Producer: Marie-Jeanne Pascal, Mélita Toscán du Plantier
Production Company: Macassar Productions
Cinematographer: Agnès Godard
Editor: Basile Belkhiri, Julie Dupré