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World Cinema

Queen of Montreuil

Year 2012
Runtime 87 mins
Language French, English, Icelandic
Subtitles French, English, Icelandic with English Subtitles
Alberta Premiere

Returning home to France from Vietnam, Agathe (Florence Loiret-Caille) tries to restart her life in the wake of her husband’s death. But finding joy turns out to be much harder than choosing a resting place for his ashes. While sitting in the customs office she strikes up an unlikely friendship with an aging Icelandic mother and her poet son looking for their lost luggage. Together the duo help her find meaning in a rogue sea lion that comes to live in Agathe’s apartment—according to Icelandic myth, the souls of deceased kings come to rest in the bodies of sea lions.

A tender and witty comedy that also doubles as a love letter from Icelandic-American director Sólveig Anspach to the Parisian suburb of Montreuil, Queen of Montreuil explores the roots of Anspach’s ancestral and adoptive homes.

Countries

France
Awards
Lina Mangiacapre Award Venice Film Festival 2012, Audience Award Reykjavik International Film Festival 2012
Festivals
Goteborg International Film Festival 2013, Venice Film Festival 2012
Director
Solveig Anspach
Producer
Patrick Sobelman
Screenwriter
Solveig Anspach & Jean-Luc Gaget
Cinematographer
Isabelle Razavet
Editor
Anne Riegel
Music
Martin Wheeler
Cast
Florence Loiret-Caille, Didda Jonsdottir, Eric Caruso, Samir Guesmi, Alexandre Steiger, Ulfur Aegisson