Dominik Moll’s brilliant new film, THE NIGHT OF THE 12th (La Nuit Du 12) is a contemplative look into the corridors of a confounding police investigation. It is said that all the investigators have a crime that haunts them. Without always knowing why the case starts spinning in their heads to the point of obsession. THE NIGHT OF THE 12th focuses on the young and ambitious Captain Vivés has just been appointed group leader at the Grenoble Criminal Squad when Clara’s murder case lands on his desk. Vivés and his team investigate Clara’s complex life and relations, but what starts as a professional and methodical immersion into the victim’s life soon turns into a haunting obsession. It’s clear that the attack was pre-meditated, and the violent nature of the crime suggests revenge. Vivés’ team methodically digs through the details of Clara’s life, uncovering her secrets in hopes of weeding out the killer. Certain their suspect is a scorned ex-lover, Vivés is confronted with another, more complicated question: which one? Posing uneasy questions about the male-dominated world of law enforcement, and their ability to handle the violent crimes routinely perpetrated against women victims. Winner of six César Awards (2023) including Best Film, Best Director (Dominik Moll), Best Adapted Screenplay (Gilles Marchand & Dominik Moll), Best Supporting Actor (Bouli Lanners), Best Sound (Francois Maurel, Olivier Mortier, Luc Thomas) and Most Promising Actor (Bastien Boullion) . Director and co-screenwriter Dominik Moll and Co-screenwriter Gilles Marchand join us to talk about the challenge of adapting the work of Pauline Guéna‘s book 18.3, and the joy of working with an outstanding group of veteran and promising new actors.
About the filmmaker – Director, producer, writer Dominik Moll was born in 1962 from a German father and a French mother. After growing up in Germany, he studied film at the City College of New York and the French National Film School (IDHEC). He then worked as assistant editor, editor and assistant director, among others with Marcel Ophuls and Laurent Cantet. His first feature film, Intimité, was released in 1994. In 2000, his second feature, With a Friend Like Harry, was shown in official competition in Cannes, and won several “César” awards in France. His third film, Lemming, opened the Cannes Film Festival in 2005. Since then, he has worked as co-writer on Gilles Marchand’s new film, and is presently working on a new project which he plans to shoot in 2008.
About the filmmaker – Gilles Marchand (born 18 June 1963) is a French film director and screenwriter. He has directed five films since 1987, including Who Killed Bambi, Black Heaven, Into the Forest and Who Killed Little Gregory. His film Qui a tué Bambi? was screened out of competition at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival.
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“A deft and satisfying police procedural in command of its unusual tone, The Night of the 12th (La Nuit du 12) is perfectly cast and constructed with quietly thrilling rigour.” – Lisa Nesselson, Screen Daily
“Always engaging, with Bouillon and Lanners both tearing into their respective roles with relish. A moody and fascinating piece of work.” – Boyd van Hoeij, The Film Verdict
“A brooding, serpentine investigative drama that brings to mind movies like Zodiac and Memories of Murder, [A] taut and piercing thriller….” – Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter
“Dominik Moll crafts a French-style Zodiac, an ensemble police investigation both highly effective and brilliantly acted, where procedures and mindsets reveal a frayed society.” – Fabien Lemercier, Cineuropa
“The grandeur of the film comes from the depth of emotion. These may be the hard-boiled characters, but they are still human.” – Paul Byrnes, Sydney Morning Herald