Eden

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For Mia Hansen-Løve's special retrospective this year, discover or re-discover one of her epic, music-packed classic. Eden is an exploration of the desire to live one's passion to the fullest, and the sacrifices that it can require. 

Paul is a teenager when house music becomes the hottest thing at the Paris underground scene. Electronic rave dominates, but Paul favours the more soulful garage-house impulses from Chicago. Soon he has formed the DJ-duo Cheers, while at the same time another group starts making themselves noticed under the strange name Daft Punk. We follow these youngsters as they break through to arrange huge parties, play with celebrities and tour the USA. It’s a lifestyle of sex, drugs and endless beats – until reality finally catches up with them.
Director Hansen-Løve has based Eden on her brother Sven’s musical career and experiences. Their co-written script has made for an authentic depiction of a particular environment, but also for broader themes such as artistic passion, ambitions, and having to let go of one’s youth. The soundtrack makes the film not unlike an ongoing, transfixing DJ set.

Director

Mia Hansen-Løve is a French director and screenwriter born in 1981. She started her career as an actress, before going behind the camera for several short films. She directed her feature debut, All is Forgiven, in 2007, which was nominated at Cannes. She went on to direct several award-winning films, such as Father of My Children (2009) and Things to Come (2016).  



Filmography

2016 L'Avenir / Things to Come
2014 Eden
2009 Le Père de Mes Enfants / Father of My Children
2007 Tout est pardonné / All is Forgiven
2005 Contre-coup (Kortfilm)

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