Arnaud Desplechin

France 135 min Catalan premiere Fiction


Ismaël Vuillard makes films. He is in the middle of one about Ivan, an atypical diplomat inspired by his brother. Along with Bloom, his master and father-in-law, Ismaël still mourns the death of Carlotta, twenty years earlier. Yet he has started his life over again with Sylvia. Sylvia is his light. Then Carlotta returns from the dead. Sylvia runs away. Ismaël rejects Carlotta. Driven mad by these ordeals, he abandons the shoot for his family home in Roubaix. There, he lives as a recluse, besieged by his ghosts.


Arnaud Desplechin

(France, 1960) His first feature, The Sentinel, was chosen for the official competition at Cannes in 1997. His next film, My Sex Life revealed a whole new generation of young actors – notably Mathieu Amalric and Emmanuelle Devos. In fact, it’s his rapport with actors that add an extra dimension to Desplechin’s films.

Filmography: Los fantasmas de Ismael (2017), Tres recuerdos de mi juventud (2015, D'A 2016), Jimmy P (2013), Un cuento de Navidad (2008), Reyes y reina (2004), Comment je me suis disputé... (ma vie sexuelle) (1996), La Sentinelle (1992)

Arnaud Desplechin

Film information

Original Title: Les fantômes d'Ismaël
Director: Arnaud Desplechin
Script: Arnaud Desplechin, Léa Mysius, Julie Peyr
Contact: La Aventura Audiovisual
With: Mathieu Amalric, Marion Cotillard, Charlotte Gainsbourg
Country: France
Year: 2017
Format: DCP
Length: 135 min
Language: French
Subtitles: Spanish
Edition: 2018