(AFP) – French director Laurent Cantet presented his new film, “Arthur Rambo” on Sunday, about the destruction of a reputation on social networks, at the occasion of the Spanish festival of San Sebastian.
The feature film follows a young author, played by Rabah Nait Oufella, of a generation in which “even if they are born with social networks, I believe that there is sometimes a misunderstanding of their functioning “, exposed the director, winner of a Palme d’Or for” Entre les Murs “in 2008, and two Caesars for “Human Resources” (1999).
The story of ‘”Arthur Rambo” is based on that, real, of Mehdi Meklat, French author of 25 who had acquired a notoriety by chronicling in particular the disadvantaged districts , before stopping everything in the face of the discovery in 2017 of thousands of his anti-Semitic, homophobic, racist and sexist tweets.
The film tells the story re by Karim D, a young writer of Algerian origin who lives in the Parisian suburbs and has just published his first novel on immigration, which quickly propels him to fame.
His book is about to be adapted for the cinema when a series of his anti-Semitic and homophobic tweets, published under the pseudonym “Arthur Rambo”, overturn everything, forcing him to confront those around him and find a way out.
“He is a fairly representative character of our time, also representative of a social divide which is very marked in France, and especially in Paris, between the Parisian world and the suburbs”, underlined the director of 60 years.
Franco-Algerian actor Rabah Nait Oufella, 28 years, stood out in 2008 under the direction of Cantet with “Entre les Murs”.