Knife + Heart

Un couteau dans la coeur

Knife + Heart is a beautiful, gentle, atmospheric thriller with a criminal plot set in the porn industry. Yann Gonzalez, last year’s winner of our short films competition, plays with the codes of the ‘70s genre cinematography, creating a special metafilm. It stars Vanessa Paradis as a gay porn director Anne, a strong woman who follows her mind, but she is broken-hearted because her lover (and editor) Loïs has left her. She decides to win her back by creating her most ambitious project. Staff members are being brutally murdered and Anna incorporates the investigation into her movie.
Gonzalez’s feeling is close to the poetry of Bertrand Mandic, who also plays one of the characters. The music is composed by the indie-electronic M83 with the director’s brother as front man.

  • Year:
  • Runtime:
    102 min.
  • Country:
    France, Mexico, Switzerland
  • Director:
    Yann Gonzalez
  • Screenplay:
    Yann Gonzalez, Cristiano Mangione
  • Dir. of Photography:
    Simon Beaufils
  • Music:
  • Editor:
    Raphaël Lefèvre
  • Cast:
    Vanessa Paradis, Nicolas Maury, Kate Moran, Jonathan Genet, Khaled Alouach, Bertrand Mandico
  • Production:
    CG Cinéma, Piano, Garidi Films, ARTE France Cinéma, RTS Radio Télévision Suisse, Le Fresnoy
  • Sales:
  • Festivals:
    Prix Jean Vigo, Cannes, BFI London, Sitges

About the Director:

Yann Gonzalez

(1977, Nice, France) had shot six short films before introducing his debut Les Rencontres d’après minuit (You And the Night, 2013) at the Critics’ Week in Cannes. His film Les Isles (Islands, 2017) won the Best Short Film Award at the International Bratislava Film Festival. Un couteau dans la coeur (Knife + Heart, 2018) is his second feature film.