The film The Night of the 12th, which received seven awards at the César this year, is being presented in a premiere screening in San Francisco by French Talent USA and the French American Cultural Society. (Movie in French with subtitles in English)

As part of the official selection at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival, the film was shown out of competition and has been unanimously praised by critics, including here in the United States. You can read the review from The New York Times.

The Night of the 12th is a Franco-Belgian thriller co-written and directed by Dominik Moll.

Synopsis: In nearly every police precinct, detectives are inevitably confronted with a case that goes unsolved. The more heinous the crime, the more it haunts those whose duty it is to solve it. Such is the dilemma for Yohan Vivès—a young, recently promoted police Captain—when he begins investigating the gruesome murder of a young woman named Clara in the town of Grenoble. It’s clear that the attack was pre-meditated, and the violent nature of the crime suggests revenge. Vivés’ team methodically digs through the details of Clara’s life, uncovering her secrets in hopes of weeding out the killer. Certain their suspect is a scorned ex-lover, Vivés is confronted with another, more complicated question: which one? Based on a true crime book by Pauline Guéna, The Night of the 12th is a gritty mystery that’s “both highly effective and brilliantly acted, where procedures and mindsets reveal a frayed society” (Cineuropa), posing uneasy questions about the male-dominated world of law enforcement, and their ability to handle the violent crimes routinely perpetrated against women victims.

Date: Tuesday, June 13, 2023
Address: Vogue Theater, 3290 Sacramento St. San Francisco
Buy tickets, click here


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