Directors' Showcase / UK premiere

In the City of Sylvia

  • José Luis Guerin /
  • Spain, France /
  • 2007 /
  • 84 mins

Xavier Lafitte, Pilar López de Ayala, Laurence Cordier, Tanja Czichy / Fiction / French

Ever dreamed up stories about people you glimpsed on the street...?

The pleasure of people-watching is raised to the level of high art in this dreamy, ravishing study of one man's pursuit of lost love, which Variety called 'an airy, ultra-Gallic delight whose apparent weightlessness is anchored by real substance'. A pensive young writer (played by angel-faced Xavier Lafitte) glimpses a woman he once knew, and follows her, desperate to revive their liaison from years before. But does she remember him? Did he really know her at all? And is he really looking for her, or will any beautiful woman do...? Festooned with gorgeous faces, drenched in melancholy romance, and extraordinarily sophisticated in its visual and narrative style, this is a treat for all of the senses.

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