In a secluded fortress, young lovers Ali (Kate Moran, Born in 68) and Matthias (Niels Schneider, Heartbeats) and their transvestite maid, Udo (Nicolas Maury, Let My People Go!), await the guests of a pansexual, midnight orgy—You and the Night is the playfully surreal, visually exciting feature film debut from acclaimed short director Yann Gonzalez, which made a splash at last year’s Cannes Film Festival.
Set in an unknown time that feels both nostalgic and futuristic, the lovers and their maid convene in an intricately designed living room, equipped with a “sensory jukebox” that plays music to match the feelings of the person who lays his or her hand upon it. The guests don’t have names; they have titles—The Slut, The Stud, The Star, and The Teen—and they each share their own bizarre tales of lust, fame, exploitation, and fantasy.
Also starring soccer-star-turned-actor Éric Cantona, Alain Delon’s son Alain-Fabien Delon in his screen debut, and the wonderful Béatrice Dalle (Bye Bye Blondie, Frameline36) as a lascivious prison warden, You and the Night mixes camp and sexuality in an engaging, unique style that pays homage to the work of Luis Buñuel, Peter Greenaway, François Ozon, and Jean Cocteau. Featuring an original score by M83, You and the Night marks the feature debut of an exciting new voice in queer cinema and was named one of the Top 10 Films of 2013 by celebrated film magazine Cahiers du Cinéma.
— Joe Bowman
In French with English subtitles.
This film is eligible for the Frameline38 Wells Fargo First Feature Award.
AT&T Audience Award Text Voting Code: F144