The “French Touch”, or what we know as French house music, is given its due in this epic film that documents the genesis of the scene as well as the artists it made famous.
Divided into two parts, ‘Paradise Garage’ and ‘Lost in Music’, Eden traces the burgeoning scene through one of its most devoted disciples in Paul (a standout performance by Félix de Givry), a young DJ who also stands in for Hansen-Løve’s real-life brother and the film’s co-writer.
Spanning two decades, Eden’s trajectory takes this affable and shy kid from the halcyon Parisian house party days (where Daft Punk really was playing in the house), to the giddy highs of DJing to packed crowds at MoMA PS1’s legendary dance parties. Inevitably, however, the party ends and it’s with understated and poignant effect that Hansen-Løve maps the pitfalls of this non-stop 24-hour party scene.
With stellar turns by Pauline Etienne, Vincent Macaigne, Laura Smet and Vincent Lacoste, Eden showcases some of France’s hottest acting talents alongside US indie darling Greta Gerwig (Frances Ha) and Iranian beauty Golshifteh Farahani (About Elly). Ultimately, though, it’s all about the music and the soundtrack of 40-plus songs offers a glorious trip through the annals of French house while giving the uninitiated a taste of this euphoric musical genre.
29 Jun - 19 Jul
Mia Hansen-Løve’s (Father of My Children, Goodbye First Love) exhilarating ode to the golden era of French house music alternates between being an intimate and deeply personal fictional account of her DJ brother’s rise and inevitable fall during the halcyon days of the garage house music scene, and a grand sweep of the places and people that gave the genre its legendary status and gave birth to artists such as Daft Punk.