• CINEMA LIBRE STUDIO
    PRESENTS A NORD OUEST FILM
    AT WAR (EN GUERRE)

    After promising 1100 employees that they would protect their jobs,
    the managers of a factory decide to suddenly close up shop.


Synopsis

"Whoever fights can lose. Whoever does not fight, has already lost."
– Bertolt Brecht

Two years ago, Perrin Industries made an agreement with the workers of their Agen (France) car part supply plant to increase working hours for no additional pay, and remove bonus payments. The sacrifice on the part of the workers, Perrin Industries claimed, would make the plant sustainable and offer job security for the coming five years. Despite reaching a 17 million euros profit for the year, Perrin Industries walked away from their promise of job security and enacted a plant closure after two years of employee sacrifices.

The workers of the Agen plant had put in 470 hours of free labor each over the course of two years, which provided a total of 517,000 hours of free labor (saving over 5 million euros for the company) as a part of the trade for job security. After making such sacrifices, the employees were left with insufficient severance offers and little empathy from management.

Taking to the streets to protest, and initiating a 23-day strike, Laurent Amédéo (Vincent Lindon) and fellow union representatives receive an opportunity to meet with the President’s special adviser who has been tasked with resolving the escalating crisis. The government, who had previously paid state subsidies to Perrin Industries to assist in maintaining their Agen plant, refuse to further intervene after courts ruled in favor of the right of the company to enact the closure.

As the union member employees struggle to unite behind one clear position, parent company Dimke Group presents a united corporate front. Leveraging the power of their refusal to return to work, the employees seek a meeting with the CEO of Dimke Group, who took a salary of 9 million euros the previous year, and oversaw a 25% increase in shareholder dividends.

With no compromise in sight, the employees find an investor to takeover the plant and save their jobs, but fearing the competition, Dimke Group refuse the sale. Running out of ways to display the desperation of his fellow workers, Amédéo takes drastic action.

A little about
the film:

After promising 1100 employees that they would protect their jobs, the managers of a factory decide to suddenly close up shop. Laurent takes the lead in a fight against this decision.

A STÉPHANE BRIZÉ FILM STARRING VINCENT LINDON

World Premiere - Cannes Film Festival 2018 | U.S. Premiere - Chicago Int’l Film Festival 2018
COMING TO U.S. THEATRES JULY 2019
2018 | France | Drama | French with English subtitles| Scope | 5.1 | 115 mins.

SYNOPSIS

Despite heavy financial sacrifices on the part of their employees and record profits that year, the management of Perrin Industries decides to shut down a factory. The 1100 employees, led by their spokesman Laurent Amédéo, decide to fight this brutal decision, ready to do everything to save their jobs.

FILM HISTORY

AT WAR (En Guerre) is directed by Stéphane Brizé and stars Vincent Lindon. The film was an official selection at the 2018 Cannes International Film Festival and won the prestigious FIPRESCI Prize for Best Film awarded by the International Federation of Film Critics.

Other than Lindon, the cast is comprised largely of non-professional actors. It has been released theatrically in France, Italy and Portugal.

Brizé and Lindon have teamed up on three films previously including THE MEASURE OF A MAN (2015), also about a factory worker, which earned Lindon César Awards for Best Actor; A FEW HOURS OF SPRING (2012) about a man released from prison who lives with his mother and MADEMOISELLE CHAMBON (2009), a married man who falls for his child’s teacher.

Stéphane Brizé is a French director, producer, screenwriter and actor known for AT WAR (2018), THE MEASURE OF A MAN (2015), which was selected to compete for the Palme d’Or at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, and A WOMAN’S LIFE (2016). Brizé attended the University Institutes of Technology, and began his career in Paris in the theater and television before moving to short and feature films.

Cast

Cast

Laurent Amédéo
Vincent LINDON

Mélanie (CGT activist #1)
Mélanie ROVER

Plant CFO
Jacques BORDERIE

Chief Financial Officer
David REY

SIPI activist #1
Olivier LEMAIRE

Head of HR
Isabelle RUFIN

SIPI activist #2
Bruno BOURTHOL

CGT activist #2
Sébastien VAMELLE

Mayor of Agen
Jean-Noël TRONC

Unions’ Lawyer
Valérie LAMOND

TV Reporter
Guillaume DARET

President’s Special Adviser
Jean GROSSET

CFE-CGC activist #1
Frédéric LACOMARE

Special Adviser’s Assistant
Anthony PITALIER

Laurent’s ex-wife
Séverine CHARRIÉ

Economist
Romain de BOISSIEU

Confederation Hostess
Marie NADAUD

Confederation Security Guard
Rachid MAMLOUS

Cast continued...

Confederation Exec #1
Grégoire RUHLAND

Confederation Exec #2
Daphné LATOUR

Mr. Censier (CEO Perrin France)
Guillaume DRAUX

CGT activist #3
Letizia STORTI

CFTC activist #1
Carole BLUTEAU

CFTC activist #2
Cédric PERSONENI

FO activist #1
Laurent BOUKHARI

CFE-CGC activist #2
Gilles DORBES

Middle Manager
Cédric DAYRAUD

SIPI activist #3
Stéphanie PIETROIS

SIPI activist #4
Rachid HARYOULI

PR Manager
Jean-Claude LAUGEOIS

DIMKE CFO
Pieter-Jan PEETERS

DIMKE CEO
Martin HAUSER

DIMKE Lawyer #1
Marie-Hélène FOURNIER

DIMKE Lawyer #2
Laurent BRUNEAU

CGT activist #4
Teddy PERROT

FO activist #2
Michel FREYNE

Laurent’s daughter
Emma MONNOYEUR

Laurent’s grandson
Aaron BAUDSON

Laurent’s son-in-law
Mathis RAMAGE

TV and radio reporters
Laurent DESBONNETS
Mélanie BONTEMS
Alexis CUVILLIER
Nicolas DE LABAREYRE
Caroline THEBAUD
Angélique BOUIN

Crew

Director
Stéphane BRIZÉ

Producers
Christophe ROSSIGNON
and Philip BOËFFARD

Scenario
Stéphane BRIZÉ
and Olivier GORCE

With the collaboration of
Xavier MATHIEU
Ralph BLINDAUER
and Olivier LEMAIRE

Associated Producers
Vincent LINDON and Stéphane BRIZÉ

Line Producer
Eve FRANÇOIS-MACHUEL

Original Music
Bertrand BLESSING

Music Mixer
Nicolas DUPORT

Casting
Coralie AMÉDÉO A.R.D.A.

Casting Assistant
Djanik MAYAUX

Director of Photography
Éric DUMONT

Editing
Anne KLOTZ

Editorial Department
Samy KIM
Youenn LATOUR
Damien ULMER

Still Photographer
Karl COLONNIER

1st Assistant Director
Émile LOUIS

Script
Marion PIN

Sound Engineer
Emmanuelle VILLARD

Sound Editing and Mix
Hervé GUYADER

Set Design
Valérie SARADJIAN A.D.C.

Crew continued...

Costumes
Anne DUNSFORD

Production Manager
Christophe DESENCLOS
Corinne BARGAIN

Unit Production Manager
Kim NGUYEN

Assistant Production Manager
Philippe RAIMOND

Location Management
Kim NGUYEN
Dominique FRIZAT
Maxence MOYNE

Post-production Manager
Julien AZOULAY

Sound
Jérémy BABINET
Alexandre GALLERAND
Nicolas LEFEBVRE
Hubert TEISSEDRE
Henry WARLUZEL

Visual Effects
Alain CARSOUX
Aurelie LAJOUX
Fredrik MONTEIL
François PELLAE
Benjamin PELLETREAU
Alexis RIPA
Fred ROZ
Olivier TOURNAYRE

Third Assistant Production Designer
Lucas VERNIER

Make Up Artist
Tina ROVÈRE

Stunts
Olivier AUDIBERT
Jean-Marc BELLU
Sybille BLOUIN
Michel BOURIS
Sébastien LABIE
Bruno LETROUIT
Alexandre RAMBURE
Patrick RONCHIN
Romain RONCHIN
Frédéric VALLET

Camera & Electrical Department
Mike BAYARD
Thibault BRU
Christophe CHAUVIN
Adrien DAL BELLO
Thibault DELAVIGNE
Céline ERB
Romain GENTIL
Colin HOUBEN
Alexis LECLERE
Lea RENAUDET
Cassiana SARRAZIN
Etienne FU-LE SAULNIERr

A co-production
NORD-OUEST FILMS,
FRANCE 3 CINÉMA

With the participation of
FRANCE TÉLÉVISIONS,
OCS,
CINÉ+

In association with
LA BANQUE POSTALE IMAGE 11,
COFINOVA 14

With the participation of
CENTRE NATIONAL DU CINÉMA
ET DE L’IMAGE ANIMÉE

With the support of
LA RÉGION NOUVELLE-AQUITAINE
AND DÉPARTEMENT DU LOT-ET-GARONNE IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE CNC

Festivals

AWARDS:
Chicago International Film Festival: Best Screenplay - Stéphanie Brizé & Olivier Gorce, 2018 Palic Film Festival: Best Film - Stéphanie Brizé, 2018

NOMINATIONS:
Globes de Cristal Awards (France): Best Film - Stéphanie Brizé, 2019
Globes de Cristal Awards (France): Best Actor – Vincent Lindon, 2019
Chicago International Film Festival: Gold Hugo - Stéphanie Brizé, 2018
Cannes Film Festival: Palme d’Or – Stéphanie Brizé, 2018

FESTIVALS:
Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival – 2019 (Minnesota, USA)
French Film Festival – Providence - 2019 (Rhode Island, USA)
Göteborg Film Festival – 2019 (Sweden)
Euro Union Film Festival – 2018 (China)
Chicago International Film Festival – 2018 (USA)
Busan International Film Festival - 2018 (South Korea)
Film by the Sea Film Festival – 2018 (Netherlands)
Vukovar Film Festival – 2018 (Croatia)
Melbourne International Film Festival - 2018 (Australia)
PALIC European Film Festical – 2018 (Serbia)
Cannes Film Festival – 2018 (France)

In Theatres

New York
Opens July 19, 2019
Village East Cinema
181-189 2nd Ave. @ 12th St.
New York, NY, 10003
(212) 529-6998
Los Angeles
Opens July 26, 2019
Laemmle’s Royal Theatre
11523 Santa Monica Blvd.
West Los Angeles, CA 90025
310-478-3836

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Quotes & Reviews

"Another stellar Vincent Lindon performance, [who] adds another rivetingly real characterization to his muscular everyman repertoire. Cinematographer Éric Dumont’s handheld, impeccably vérité images exercise a kind of cinematic socialism. At War gives Lindon another opportunity to wear the undersung virtue of ordinary, rough-hewn decency the way a superhero might wear a cape."
Jessica Kiang, Variety

"Vincent Lindon in a potent lead performance. Feels closer to Ken Loach or to early Paul Greengrass, depicting the plight of laborers with a gripping, handheld verve. At War feels much closer to documentary than fiction — and the movie itself less like a workplace drama than the chronicle of a soldier in the heat of battle."
Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter

"so utterly credible are all the performances, and so authentic the development of the negotiations between the opposing teams, that the film becomes unexpectedly engrossing."
Geoff Andrew, Sight & Sound

"It’s told with a brutal directness that should appeal to anybody sick of the persistent problems of corporate greed."
Alex Lines, Film Inquiry

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