Ira Sachs, France 2023, 91’
Language Lessons Past Lives

A cocktail mixing passionate French kiss and rambunctious American indie. Set in Paris, where an admiration-hungry German filmmaker (Franz Rogowski) crosses boundary after boundary as he wavers between a reticent British husband (Ben Whishaw) and a French schoolteacher (Adèle Exarchopoulos).

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Małgorzata Sadowska


Atlántida Film Fest 2023 - Audience Award

Ira Sachs

Ira Sachs is a filmmaker whose features includes Frankie (Cannes), Little Men (Sundance), Love Is Strange (Sundance), Keep the Lights On (Sundance), Forty Shades of Blue (Sundance Dramatic Grand Jury Prize), and The Delta (Sundance). A 2013 Guggenheim fellow, Sachs is the founding director of Queer|Art, created in 2009 to support LGBTQ+ artists in film, performance, literature, and visual arts.

Selected filmography

1991 Vaudeville

1996 The Delta

2005 Forty Shades of Blue

2007 Życie małżeńskie / Married Life

2012 Zostań ze mną / Keep the Lights On

2016 Mali mężczyźni / Little Men

Cast & Crew

director Ira Sachs
screenplay Ira Sachs, Mauricio Zacharias
cinematography Josée Deshaies
editing Sophie Reine
cast Franz Rogowski, Ben Whishaw, Adèle Exarchopoulos, Erwan Kepoa Falé
producer Saïd Ben Saïd, Michel Merkt
production SBS Productions
Polish distributor Gutek Film
language English, French
coloration colour
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