“A Parisian elite was pro Goldman”

By Etienne Sorin

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Cédric Kahn: “I have trouble with the star system. There are plenty of stars who are very good actors and very likeable. But I think I’ve made more interesting films without stars.” Domine Jerome / Domine Jerome/ABACA

INTERVIEW – Meeting with the director of Goldman triala captivating portrait of the far-left activist accused of murder in the 1970s and of a fractured France.

In The Goldman Trialpresented at the opening of the Filmmakers’ Fortnight in Cannes, Cédric Kahn stages the second trial, in 1976, of the far-left activist Pierre Goldman, sentenced at first instance to life imprisonment for four armed robberies, one of which resulted in the death of two pharmacists. With this exciting behind closed doors, a picture of a fractured France that resonates with that of 2023, the director confirms that he is never where we expect him to be. Making ofhis next film (released in January 2024), shot before The Goldman Trial, is yet another perfect counterpoint. A comedy about a film shoot with Denis Podalydès as the filmmaker’s alter ego and Jonathan Cohen as the egocentric star. The film was honored at the last Venice Film Festival. Finally, the Cinémathèque française presents a retrospective of the filmmaker until October 5. A real Kahn festival.

LE FIGARO – You discovered Pierre Goldman through his book, Dark memories…

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