Ismael’s Ghosts


The new film from acclaimed French director Arnaud Desplechin (A Christmas Tale) is a delirious love letter to the art of cinema, featuring an all-star cast including Marion Cotillard, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Mathieu Amalric and Louis Garrel.

“Flush with stylistic elegance and brio and burning with intensity … Marion Cotillard is the best she’s been in I can’t remember how long.” – Scout Tafoya,

Phantoms swirl around Ismael (Amalric), a filmmaker in the throes of writing a spy thriller based on the unlikely escapades of his brother, Ivan Dedalus (Garrel). His only true stability, his relationship with Sylvia (Gainsbourg), is upended, as is the life of his Jewish documentarian mentor and father-in-law (László Szabó), when Ismael’s wife Carlotta (Cotillard), who disappeared twenty years earlier, returns, and, like one of Hitchcock’s fragile, delusional femmes fatales, expects that her husband and father are still in thrall to her. A brilliant shape-shifter—part farce, part melodrama—Ismael’s Ghosts is finally about the process of creating a work of art and all the madness that requires. (Dir. by Arnaud Desplechin, 2017, France, in French with English subtitles, 134 mins., Not Rated)

Other Festival Appearances: Cannes; New York; Munich

Thanks to our community partners, Alliance Française de Tucson and University of Arizona, Dept of French and Italian, College of Humanities.