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Fanny Ardant

Stalin's Couch
(Le divan de Staline)

France, Portugal 2017

In French with English subtitles

92 min

For audiences aged 7 and above

Stalin has come to rest for three days in a castle in the middle of the forest. He is accompanied by his long-time mistress, Lidia. In the office where he sleeps there is a couch that resembles Freuid's couch in London. He suggests to Lidia that they play a psychoanalyst game at night.
During the day, Danilov, a young painter, waits to be introduced to Stalin in order to offer him the monument of eternity that he has conceived to honor him.
A disturbing, dangerous, and twisted relationship develops between the trio. What is at stake is to survive fear and betrayal.
Stalins Couch Director

Director: Fanny Ardant

Fanny Ardant (born in 1949) is an award-winning French actress and director. As an actress she is especially known for her roles in Pédale douce (1996) and 8 femmes (2002). Her directing debut Ashes and Blood (2009) was well-received and competed for the Golden Camera at Cannes.

Screenplay: Fanny Ardant based on a novel Le Divan de Stalin (2013) by Jean-Daniel Baltassat.
Cast: Gérard Depardieu, Emmanuelle Seigner, Paul Hamy, François Chattot, Luna Picoli-Truffaut, Tudor Istodor, Alexis Manenti
Production: Paulo Branco / Alfama Films Production & Leopardo Filmes
Sales: Alfama Films