THE WORKSHOP (L'ATELIER)
Palme d’Or-winning French filmmaker Laurent Cantet has never shied away from controversy or pushing boundaries, and his latest effort is no different. Parisian author Olivia leads a small writing workshop for teens, where she battles indifference, disruptive cell phones and raging hormones. But when a real threat rears its head, Olivia must find a way to stand up for what’s right, and, more importantly, to show the kids how to discover what’s right for themselves. Proof that dialogue can be as viscerally effective as onscreen violence, THE WORKSHOP offers a masterful and profound lesson for us all. – Lane Kneedler
Laurent Cantet is a French director, cinematographer and screenwriter. He obtained a master's degree in audiovisual studies in Marseille before attending IDHEC, now La Fémis, where he directed several short films. His feature debut LES SANGUINAIRES premiered at the Venice Film Festival in 1997. In 2008, he won the Palme d'Or for THE CLASS, which went on to play AFI FEST and was nominated for an Academy Award®.