Rosetta 1999 M
8.30PM Fri 18 Jun 2021 (1hr 33mins)
GOMA | Cinema A | Free
An incredible emotional journey of a young woman trying to secure a job in order to gain agency and escape the abyss of poverty and abuse. Crafted by the esteemed Dardenne Brothers, Rosetta won the Cannes Film Festival’s top prize, the Palme d'Or in 1999.
‘At night before she goes to sleep, Rosetta has this conversation with herself: “Your name is Rosetta. My name is Rosetta. You found a job. I found a job. You’ve got a friend. I’ve got a friend. You have a normal life. I have a normal life. You won’t fall in the trap. I won’t fall in the trap. Good night. Good night.” This is a young woman determined to find a job at all costs. She is escaping from the world of her alcoholic mother, a tramp who lives in a ramshackle trailer and runs away near the beginning of the story, leaving her daughter to fend for herself. Rosetta sees an abyss yawning beneath her and will go to any lengths to avoid it. Rosetta is obsessed by the fear of disappearing, by the shame of not belonging. She wants a normal life, with them, among them.’ Thessaloniki International Film Festival
M | Adult themes, Low level coarse language
35MM, COLOUR, 93 MINUTES, BELGIUM, FRANCE (FRENCH (ENGLISH SUBTITLES) / DIRECTORS/PRODUCERS/SCRIPT: JEAN-PIERRE DARDENNE, LUC DARDENNE / CINEMATOGRAPHER: ALAIN MARCOEN / CAST: ÉMILIE DEQUENNE, FABRIZIO RONGIONE / EDITOR: MARIE-HÉLÈNE DOZO / PRINT SOURCE: NATIONAL FILM AND SOUND ARCHIVE, AUSTRALIA / RIGHTS: WILD BUNCH