World Premiere


| France, Ireland, Sweden | 90 MINUTES | English
Drama, Female Director(s)
A romance between two loners flourishes in this darkly romantic drama. The Furlong men all were blessed or cursed with unique abilities. Ten-year-old James Furlong's father was able to shut off all electricity around him when he was scared, and his grandfather went temporarily blind when he thought about sex. James' mother died while giving birth to him, and as he experiments to figure out what his ability is, he unintentionally causes the death of his father and grandmother. Then, when he's sent to a reformatory school and sparks a strange illness that wipes out all the children who bullied him, James flees to a cottage in the woods to live a life of isolation.

Years later, as a young man, James is discovered by Mae, a young cancer patient who escapes from the nearby hospital. As their special relationship blossoms, both learn to live with the curses—and blessings—they inherit. Director Agnès Merlet (Artemisia) laces this whimsical fable with magical-realist elements and a bit of colorful humor. Harry Treadaway and Rachel Hurd-Wood parlay their enchanting chemistry into captivating performances as James and Mae.

Cast & Credits
Directed by
Agnès Merlet and Agnès Merlet
AGNÈS MERLET is a French film director known for The Son of the Shark, which won the Prix Tournage at the Avignon Film Festival, a European Film Award, and was nominated for a César Award for best first film. She also directed the award-winning Artemisia and Dorothy Mills.
Tomas Eskilsson, James Flynn, Sean Wheelan
Costume Designer
Pascaline Chavanne
Olivier Delbosc, Marc Missionnier, Jean-Luc Ormieres
Eric Neveux
Agnès Merlet
Set Designer
Didier Naert
Nick Murphy
Sylvie Landra
Director of Photography
Tim Fleming
Primary Cast
Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Rachel Hurd-Wood, Harry Treadaway, Susan Lynch, Kate O'Toole
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Co-hosted by
uniFrance  Embassy of France in the United States


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