The Connie Francis song that gives Bonello’s recent short its title also gives the movie’s characters—a group of teenage girls in a Paris flat, dreaming about the well-built men doing construction on a mosque across the street—one of their primary points of emotional connection.
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Bertrand Bonello born 11 September 1968 is a French film director, screenwriter, producer and composer. His background is in classical music, and he lives between Paris and Montreal. His work has also been associated with the New French Extremity.
His film The Pornographer (2001) won the FIPRESCI prize at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival. Tiresia (2003) was nominated for the Palme d’Or at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival.
His film House of Tolerance, a depiction of daily life in a fin-de-siècle Parisian bordello, premiered In Competition at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival.
His 2014 film Saint Laurent competed for the Palme d’Or in the main competition section at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. The film was also selected as France’s submission for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film at the 87th Academy Awards.
Filmography: Nocturama (2016), Saint Laurent (2014, D’A 2015), Où en êtes vous? (2014, D’A 2015), Ingrid Caven, musique et voix (2012, D’A 2015), Casa de tolerancia (2011, D’A 2015), Where the Boys Are (2009, D’A 2015), De la guerre (2008, D’A 2015), Cindy, the Doll is Mine (2005, D’A 2015), Tiresia (2003, D’A 2015), Les aventures de James et David (2002, D’A 2015), Le pornographe (2001, D’A 2015), Quelque chose d’organique (1998, D’A 2015).