A Few Days in September (image 1)

Screened as part of NZIFF 2007

A Few Days in September 2006

Quelques jours en septembre

Directed by Santiago Amigorena

In this electrifying espionage thriller set in a paranoid post-Cold War Europe, a French Secret Service agent (Juliette Binoche) tracks her missing father (Nick Nolte), who is a former colleague turned spy.

France / Italy In Arabic, English and French with English subtitles
111 minutes 35mm

Director, Screenplay

Photography

Christophe Beaucarne

Editor

Sarah Turoche

Music

Laurent Martin

With

Juliette Binoche
,
John Turturro
,
Nick Nolte

Festivals

Venice, Toronto 2006

Elsewhere

Santiago Amigorena’s film is an electrifying thriller set in a paranoid post-cold war Europe. It’s also a drama about a half-brother and sister who are brought together by a French Secret Service agent, Irène (Juliette Binoche), at the request of their father, Elliot (Nick Nolte), a former colleague of hers now turned spy. Elliot has gone missing; that he’s holding information about an impending disaster is one of many problems that his trackers have to solve. A neurotic assassin (John Turturro) is another spoke in the works, and as the trail of espionage shifts from Paris to Venice, the considerable charms and skill of Irène are put to work.

“Helped considerably by cinematographer Christophe Beaucarne, the Buenos Aires-born screenwriter Amigorena makes a fine impression directing his first feature. They have managed to come up with sparklingly fresh images of the two cities, and contrast them vividly with night­time sequences that are pure noir, with rainy streets, blinking neon and dripping blood.” — Ray Bennett, Hollywood Reporter