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Kino Lorber is pleased to announce the September 9th theatrical release of Mathieu Amalric's deeply emotional drama HOLD ME TIGHT, a selection of the Cannes International Film Festival, nominated for Best Actress and Best Adapted Screenplay César Awards. HOLD ME TIGHT will open in New York at Film at Lincoln Center and the Angelika Film Center, followed by Los Angeles on Friday, September 23 at Laemmle Royal, and select top theatrical engagements.
Adapted from a stage play by Claudine Galéa, HOLD ME TIGHT stars Vicky Krieps as Clarisse, a mother coping with great emotional upheaval, and Arieh Worthalter (Girl) as Marc, the husband she leaves behind. Krieps gives a riveting performance as a woman on the run from her family for reasons that aren't immediately clear. Amalric’s sophisticated narrative alternates between scenes of Clarisse's road trip and of Marc as he cares for their two children, Paul, and Lucie, a pianist prodigy. While giving clues along the way, Amalric keeps viewers uncertain as to the reality of what they're seeing until the film’s final moments.
With a dual career as an acclaimed actor (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, My Sex Life…or How I Got into an Argument, Grand Budapest Hotel, Munich) and writer-director (On Tour, Barbara, The Blue Room), Amalric's sixth directorial outing is his most ambitious to date. His virtuosic, daringly fluid portrait of a woman in crisis is a poignant and unpredictable story about love, absence, grief, and memory.
Born in Luxemburg and educated at Zürich’s University of the Arts, Vicky Krieps came to international attention with her performance opposite Daniel Day-Lewis in Paul Thomas Anderson’s Phantom Thread. Her other notable films include Bergman Island by Mia Hansen-Love, Old by M. Night Shyamalan, and the upcoming Corsage, The Three Musketeers and Sexual Healing.
HOLD ME TIGHT’s soundtrack includes piano pieces by Ravel, Debussy, Messiaen, Beethoven, Rameau, Schönberg and Rachmaninov; the film features clips of legendary pianist Martha Argerich performing Ravel, Mozart and Chopin.
“Vicky Krieps in a tour-de-force performance. An impressively shot and performed memory piece.” – Boyd van Hoeij, The Hollywood Reporter
“A gritty, engrossing tale of love and loss. Krieps delivers her strongest performance since 'Phantom Thread'.” – Adam Solomons, Little White Lies
“'Hold Me Tight' achieves something quite remarkable, blurring the line between reality and imaginings to burrow into the heart of grief and loss in ways that are also life-affirming.” – Lee Marshall, Screen Daily