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Ludovic Boukherma, Zoran Boukherma, Marielle Gautier & Hugo P. Thomas

Willy the First
(Willy 1er)

France 2016

In French with English subtitles

82 min

For audiences aged 7 and above


A burly 50-year-old Frenchman from the sticks who has just lost his twin brother to suicide is the unlikely protagonist of the tragicomic indie Willy 1er. Unusually, the film was directed by no less than four people - Marielle Gautier, Hugo P. Thomas and brothers Ludovic and Zoran Boukherma - but what's even stranger is how far removed this slow-moving, dialogue-light and eccentric little film is from most of the output of Luc Besson, at whose film school in Paris the quartet met and studied.

The film is partially inspired by the life of Daniel Vannet, who was illiterate until he was 45 and who plays Willy, a variation on his own persona, as well as his identitacal twin brother, the ill-fated Michel. The entire film is constructed around Vannet's burly presence and the non-professional actor delivers a touching and vanity-free performance that combines understated melancholy with deadpan drolleries.
Boyd van Hoeij / The Hollywood Reporter
Willy the 1st DIRECTORS

Directors: Ludovic Boukherma, Zoran Boukherma, Marielle Gautier & Hugo P. Thomas

Zoran and Ludovic Boukherma (born in 1992), Marielle Gautier (b. 1987) and Hugo P. Thomas (b. 1989) are a group of young French directors. Together they’ve written and directed a number of award-winning short films. Willy the First is their first full-length feature film.

Screenplay: Ludovic Boukherma, Zoran Boukherma, Marielle Gautier & Hugo P. Thomas
Cast: Daniel Vannet, Noémie Lvovsky, Romain Léger
Production: Pierre-Louis Garnon & Frederic Jouve / Baxter Films & Les Films Velvet
Sales: Alma Cinema

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