LOST ILLUSIONS Opens June 10 in NY

LOST ILLUSIONS Opens June 10 in NY
Music Box Films is pleased to announce the June 10th US release of LOST ILLUSIONS, Xavier Giannoli’s adaptation of Honoré de Balzac’s seminal 19th century Paris-set epic novel of ambition and betrayal, part of the author's "Human Comedy" cycle. One of 2022’s most acclaimed French films, LOST ILLUSIONS won 7 Césars, for Best Film, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Supporting Actor (Vincent Lacoste), Best Male Newcomer (Benjamin Voisin), Best Cinematography, Best Costumes and Best Set Design.
 
LOST ILLUSIONS will open on Friday, June 10 in New York at Film Forum and Film at Lincoln Center, followed by Los Angeles on Friday, June 17 at the Royal, and a national expansion.
 
In 1821, Lucien de Rubempré (César winner Benjamin Voisin) arrives in Paris as a sensitive, and idealistic young poet determined to write a reputation-making novel. Instead, he finds himself swept into journalism, whose influence and reach is booming with the help of the printing press, widely available of late. Under the mentorship of cynical editor Étienne Lousteau (César winner Vincent Lacoste), Lucien agrees to write rave theater reviews for bribes, achieving material success at the expense of his conscience. With this sweeping adaptation of one of Balzac’s greatest novels, Xavier Giannoli crafts a contemporary tale of corruption amidst an early form of “fake news”.
 
Adapting Balzac’s novel for the screen had been a life-long passion project for writer-director Xavier Giannoli, whose seven other features, often selected for the Cannes and Venice Film Festivals, include César Award winners In the Beginning,The Singer, and Marguerite, his tragi-comedy about the socialite soprano modeled after Florence Foster Jenkins
 
“A sumptuous and surprisingly au courant cinematic retelling… plays with all the brio and jeopardy of a modern-day gangster movie… Director Xavier Giannoli accomplishes one of French literature's trickier feats – adapting Balzac – finding uncanny resonances with our time.” — Peter Debruge, Variety
 
"With its stellar performances, dramatic orchestral score and rich costume and set design, ‘Lost Illusions' is a sweeping narrative of love, lust and literary ambition.” — Lovia Gyarkye, The Hollywood Reporter
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