LA VANITE (VANITY)
directed by Lionel Baier
By the acclaimed director of Another Man.
David Miller is ill and has decided to end it all. Despite his best efforts to choose the perfect place, date and method, nothing works out as planned. All of those who said they would be at his side, back out. David Miller has no choice but to rely on the help of total strangers, Esperenza, from the euthanasia and assisted suicide association, and Tréplev, the young male prostitute next door, to embark on this final journey.
COMEDY DRAMA DCP/HD - 2016 - France - 75min
ORIGINAL TITLE LA VANITE
CAST Patrick Lapp, Carmen Maura, Ivan Georgiev
ORIGINAL LANGUAGE French
PRODUCED BY Bande à part Films in coproduction with Les Films du Poisson
Lionel Baier (born in Lausanne in 1975) has been programming and co-managing the Cinema Rex in Aubonne and studied at the Faculty of the Arts at Lausanne University (1993-1999). Since 2002, Lionel Baier has been in charge of the Film Department of the Lausanne Cantonal Art School (ECAL).
In 2000, he directed his first film, The Pastor’s, a documentary about his father, a pastor in the canton of Vaud, followed one year later by The Parade (Our History) a second documentary showing the first gay parade set up in the Catholic canton of Valais. The filmmaker then turned to fiction, first shooting Stupid Boy and Stealth, and then Another Man. In 2006, Stupid Boy was one of the four films selected to represent Swiss cinema at the International Film Festival of Cannes in its section “Tous les cinémas du monde” and Another Man was in the international competition at Locarno Film Festival. In 2009, Lionel Baier founded Bande à Part Films together with filmmakers Ursula Meier, Frédéric Mermoud and Jean-Stéphane Bron. Lionel Baier is now the vice chairman of the Foundation Board of the Swiss Film Archive and also a committee member of the Visions du Réel International Film Festival in Lyon and of Suissimage, the agency in charge of distributing royalties. In September 2014, Lionel Baier received the “Grande Culture” Award of the Vaudoise Fundation for Culture.
Festivals / Awards
LOCARNO FILM FESTIVAL 2015, PIAZZA GRANDE SECTION
CANNES FILM FESTIVAL 2015, ACID SELECTION
GOTEBORG FILM FESTIVAL 2016 - OFFICIAL SELECTION
GUADALAJARA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2016 - Premio Maguey, Special screening