Mandibles
Mandibles

Mandibles

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Mandibles

Directed by: Quentin Dupieux

France/Belgium, 2020, 77m

In French with English subtitles

Southeast Premiere

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When French provocateur Quentin Dupieux completed his last film Deerskin (originally programmed for FFF 2020), he realized all his films were comedies profoundly tormented by death—ploughing a furrow of deformed realities, infinitely twisted human relationships, surrealist portraits of society, and childish fantasies. With Mandibles he plans to change all that (well … sort of!). Manu (Grégoire Ludig) is a rumpled loser initially contracted to transport a suitcase between shady businessmen, but life has other plans. When he opens the trunk of his stolen car, he finds a living, breathing housefly the size of a French bulldog. Sensing an opportunity, Manu’s equally idiotic pal Jean-Gab (David Marsais) suggests that if they trained the jumbo insect to act like a drone and steal goods, they could make a fortune. Escalating mishaps—including a torched RV and a case of mistaken identities, with an unforgettable turn by Blue Is the Warmest Color’s Adèle Exarchopoulos—hilariously prove that domesticating a mutant bug is easier said than done.

preceded by

Squish

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With his husband away on a business trip, stay-at-home writer Tom is left in charge of their five-year-old son, Sam. When Tom forgets Sam’s guitar lesson, he grabs the boy, rushing to avoid his spouse’s wrath. The car comes out of the garage at full speed. SQUISH. Tom just crushed something…

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