The film will be shown in French with English subtitles.
Lucien is a young unknown poet in 19th-century France. He has great expectations and wants to forge a destiny. He leaves the family printing business in his native province to try his luck in Paris, on the arm of his protector. Soon left to his own devices in the fabulous city, the young man will discover the backstage of a world dedicated to the law of profit and pretense. A human comedy where everything is bought and sold, literature as well as the press, politics as well as feelings, reputations as well as souls. He will love, he will suffer, and survive his illusions.
Lost Illusions received fifteen nominations at the 47th César Awards, winning in seven categories, including best film and best male newcomer.
Xavier Giannoli is a French film director, screenwriter and producer. In 2010, he was named a Chevalier in the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.
This event is co-sponsored by the Columbia Maison Française with additional support by the Albertine Cinematheque, a program of FACE Foundation and Villa Albertine, with support from the CNC / Centre National du Cinema, and SACEM / Fonds Culturel Franco-Americain.