Céline and Ramón are a young binational couple who survived the terrorist attack at the Bataclan theatre on November 13, 2015. That harrowing night has left an open wound in their lives and they are struggling to regain a sense of normality and move beyond the identity they have been assigned as victims. While Céline has repressed her experience and thrown herself back into her old life, Ramón is stuck in the past. Both are grappling with the same question: how can they survive and move on as a couple?
Adapted from the testimony of Spanish Bataclan survivor Ramón Gonzalez, Un año, una noche is an intensely empathetic work. The therapeutic process of turning traumatic facts into fiction by committing them to paper has apparently helped this young man return to his life. Filmmaker Isaki Lacuesta’s intuitive direction embraces realism and subjectivity to tackle the central paradox in a wounded psyche: the need to break away from the reality of one’s memories in order to get a grip on reality. Thanks to astonishingly subtle yet explosively emotional performances from Nahuel Pérez Biscayart and Noémie Merlant, these memories become ours, too. They make us feel that together, we can try to heal the collective wound.
by Isaki Lacuesta
with Nahuel Pérez Biscayart, Noémie Merlant, Quim Gutiérrez, Alba Guilera, Natalia De Molina, C. Tangana, Enric Auquer, Blanca Apilánez, Bruno Todeschini, Sophie Broustal
Spain / France 2021 French,  Spanish 130’ Colour World premiere

With

  • Nahuel Pérez Biscayart (Ramón)
  • Noémie Merlant (Céline)
  • Quim Gutiérrez (Carlos)
  • Alba Guilera (Lucie)
  • Natalia De Molina (Julia)
  • C. Tangana (Héctor)
  • Enric Auquer (Waiter)
  • Blanca Apilánez (Ramón’s Mother)
  • Bruno Todeschini (Céline’s Father)
  • Sophie Broustal (Céline’s Mother)

Crew

DirectorIsaki Lacuesta
ScreenplayIsa Campo, Isaki Lacuesta, Fran Araújo
CinematographyIrina Lubtchansky
EditingFernando Franco, Sergi Dies
MusicRaül Refree
Sound DesignEva Valiño
SoundAmanda Villavieja
Production DesignLaia Coll
CostumesAlexia Crisp Jones
Make-UpAlma Casal
CastingRosa Estévez, Pierre-François Créancier
Assistant DirectorPol Rodríguez
Production ManagersDavid Cuspinera, Pierre-Alexandre Cascarino
ProducersRamón Campos
ProducersJérôme Vidal
Executive ProducersTeresa Fernández-Valdés, Isa Campo, Sara Gonzalo
Co-ProducersTeresa Fernández-Valdés, Isa Campo, Isaki Lacuesta, Ramón Campos
Co-ProductionBambú Producciones, Pontevedra
La Termita Films, Girona
Una Noche La Película, Girona

Produced by

Mr Fields and Friends

Noodles Production

Isaki Lacuesta

Born in Girona, Spain in 1975. His debut feature film The Damned won the FIPRESCI Award at the 2009 San Sebastián Film Festival while both The Double Steps and Between Two Waters won the Golden Shell for Best Film at the same festival. In 2018, the Centre Pompidou in Paris held a full retrospective of his work as a filmmaker and video artist, an honour also bestowed on him by the Washington National Gallery, Cinémathèque suisse, Filmoteca Española, Filmoteca de Catalunya, the Festival dei Popoli and the Cali International Film Festival.

Filmography

2006 La leyenda del tiempo (The Legend of Time); documentary form 2009 Los condenados (The Damned) 2010 La noche que no acaba (All the Night Long) 2011 El cuaderno de barro (The Clay Diaries) · Los pasos dobles (The Double Steps) 2014 Murieron por encima de sus posibilidades (Dying Beyond Their Means) 2016 La propera pell (The Next Skin) 2018 Entre dos aguas (Between Two Waters) 2021 Un año, una noche (One Year, One Night)

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2022