World Cinema
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Lost in Paris (Paris pieds nus)
France/Belgium, 2016, 83 min., Color, English and French with English subtitles

Fiona receives a letter from her dotty aunt Martha: "Dear Fiona, help! After 48 years living in Paris they want me to move to an old people's home. Ridiculous! I'm only 88."

Escaping frozen Canada for the city of romance, gawky, gangling Fiona arrives too late: Martha's apartment is empty. Worse, she loses her passport and her money, and takes an unintended dip in the Seine. Only a local tramp, Dom, takes a shine to her...

As in their previous features Brussels-based husband-and-wife duo Fiona Gordon and Dominique Abel take inspiration from Jacques Tati, Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton and Laurel and Hardy in this whimsical slapstick comedy. Innocents abroad, the skinny, hapless clowns concoct a perilous but ultimately benign world where a mischievous fate mostly seems to want to have fun at their expense (and to our great joy) in one perfectly executed pratfall after another.

— Palm Springs Film Festival
Screenings
Director
Dominique Abel, Fiona Gordon
Screenwriter
Dominique Abel, Fiona Gordon
Cinematographer
Claire Childeric, Jean-Christophe Leforestier
Editor
Sandrine Deegen
Cast
Fiona Gordon, Dominique Abel, Emmanuelle Riva, Pierre Richard

Director Bio

Dominique Abel is an award-winning actor, writer and director from Belgium. In 1994, he starred in the Short film MERCI CUPIDON, which he co-wrote and directed with Fiona Gordon. The two wrote and directed several other short films together before making their feature directorial debut in 2005 with L'ICEBERG, followed by RUMBA (2008) and THE FAIRY (2011). LOST IN PARIS is the duo's latest feature.

Fiona Gordon is an award-winning actress, writer and director from Canada. In 1994, she starred in the Short film MERCI CUPIDON, which she co-wrote and directed with Dominique Abel. The two wrote and directed several other short films together before making their feature directorial debut in 2005 with L'ICEBERG, followed by RUMBA (2008) and THE FAIRY (2011). LOST IN PARIS is the duo's latest feature.
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