Romain Gavras is back in business, and his new feature film “Athena”, September 23, 2022 on Netflix, promises to be an event. This is revealed in a tense trailer where a whole neighborhood is set ablaze.
Athenathe return of Romain Gavras
four years later The world is yoursRomain Gavras returns to feature films with Athena, this time on Netflix. As its title suggests, Athena being the Greek goddess of war, it is thus a question of the conflagration of a popular district, of a war which breaks out. A theme dear to the heart of the director, co-founder of the Kourtrajmé collective, a collective of filmmakers from which Ladj Ly, author of the celebrated Wretched. This is also co-screenwriter of the film by Romain Gavras.
In Athenathe death of a young boy, Idir, will set fire to the powder and cause clashes between the population and the police. The official trailer has just been unveiled, and its images announce a violent family tragedy (video at the top of the article). Explosions of Molotov cocktails, flames and clashes, and Abdel (Dali Benssalah) who does everything to temper the impulses of revenge…
How did his younger brother Idir die? Will Abdel manage to calm the ardor of his younger brother Karim? And deal with his big brother Moktar, whose narcotics deal is in danger? A sibling is to be saved and an investigation is also to be carried out, all in a plot that seems to mix the classic war film and tragedy.
A cast of rising stars
As Hatred in his time, as Wretched recently, Athena should cause many debates. Indeed, French cinema relating to “cities”, which has almost become a genre in itself, leaves no one indifferent because of its explosive political and social material. A complex but potentially very promising exhibition for the actors who make up the cast ofAthena. We find in particular Dali Benssalah, Anthony Bajon, Ouassini Embarek, Alexis Manenti and Sami Slimane in his first role in the cinema.
The film is presented on September 2 at the 79th Venice Film Festival, in official competition. It will be available on the Netflix platform on September 23, 2022.