Louis-Ferdinand Céline / Céline!… deux clowns pour une catastrophe

Poster for Louis-Ferdinand Céline / Céline!… deux clowns pour une catastrophe Denis Lavant (Holy Motors, Beau Travail) stars in this captivating adaptation of Milton Hindus’ book The Crippled Giant. Filmmaker Emmanuel Bourdieu tells the true story of Hindus, a Jewish American professor, as he meets the notoriously anti-Semitic French writer Louis-Ferdinand Céline. Accused of collaborating with the Nazis, Céline is forced to leave France and escape to Denmark with his wife Lucette (Géraldine Pailhas) in 1948. With the intention of writing a memoir, Hindus visits the now-isolated writer and discovers the charismatic but troubled man behind the books he so admires. Their intriguing relationship develops into an odd friendship that veers between affection and suspicion, forcing Hindus to question his sense of himself as a writer and as a Jew.

Original title:
Céline!... deux clowns pour une catastrophe
90 minutes
Emmanuel Bourdieu

Shown at

  1. 24th Toronto Jewish Film Festival - 2016
  2. New York Jewish Film Festival - 2017

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