Directed by: Mikhaël Hers
Written by: Mikhaël Hers, Maud Ameline
Cinematography: Sébastien Buchmann
Film Editing: Marion Monnier
Original Score: Anton Sanko
Produced by: Pierre Guyard, Christophe Rossignon (Nord-Ouest Films), Arte France Cinéma
Cast: Vincent Lacoste (David Sorel), Isaure Multrier (Amanda Sorel), Stacy Martin (Léna), Ophélia Kolb (Sandrine Sorel), Marianne Basler (Maud Sorel), Jonathan Cohen (Axel)
International Sales: Mk2 Films
Vincent Lacoste was nominated for a César Award for Best Actor for his breathtaking, astonishingly quiet and introspective performance as David, a sweet, carefree young man who suddenly has the responsibilities of adulthood thrust upon him. Making her screen debut, Isaure Multrier, is nothing short of remarkable as his 7-year-old niece. The film’s writer-director, Mikhaël Hers, displays extraordinary grace and precision in bringing this fragile-yet-extremely-timely tale to the screen. Amanda is a contemplative exploration of shattering loss, coping mechanisms and the transcendent resilience of shell-shocked survivors in the wake of a terrorist attack in Paris… where life goes on, but nothing will ever be the same.
Writer-director Mikhaël Hers majored in film production at La Fémis film school in Paris, graduating in 2004. He subsequently wrote and directed three short films — Charell (2006), Primrose Hill (2007) and Montparnasse (2009). All three shorts premiered in Cannes and Montparnasse was honored with the prestigious Prix Jean Vigo. His first feature, Memory Lane (2010), was screened at the Locarno Film Festival and That Summer Feeling (2016), at Rotterdam. Amanda, his third feature, was honored with the Magic Lantern Award in Venice, and both the Best Screenplay Award and the Grand Prize at the Tokyo International Film Festival.