It’s no accident that Mia Hansen-Løve’s 20-year journey through the electronic dance music scene opens with an early ’90s rave that’s already over. As Parisian teenager and future DJ Paul (Félix de Givry) approaches the turntables to ask about a song, the empty dance floor he crosses is a subtle but clear message: All parties end. But the intoxicating allure of soul-inflected garage music, crowded clubs, euphoric sing-alongs, electrifying night life and brushes with fame (two of Paul’s friends form their own electronic duo: Daft Punk) keep Paul moving to the same beat for years after his audience has moved on. Co-written with and based on the experiences of Hansen-Løve’s brother, Sven, EDEN captures the roots and far-reaching influence of a cultural phenomenon while sensitively portraying the life of one of its not-quite-success stories. This is a film at once epic in scope and intensely intimate in its observations. —Mike Dougherty
In attendance: Mia Hansen-Love
Mia Hansen-Løve, born in Paris, studied at the Conservatory of Dramatic Arts and began her film career as an actor. Her directorial features include her debut ,TOUT EST PARDONNÉ; FATHER OF MY CHILDREN, winner of the Special Jury Prize in Cannes’ Un Certain Regard; and GOODBYE FIRST LOVE. EDEN is her fourth feature.