Cinephobia Releasing is proud to announce the North American release of the powerful and achingly tender LGBTQ festival darling LIE WITH ME from writer-director Olivier Peyon. The film, an adaptation of author Philippe Besson’s award-winning novel Lie with Me, brings an uncommon understanding of queer sex and desire in both the spring and autumn of life. all set in the bucolic rural European countryside. Permeated with passion and wistfulness reminiscent of Call Me By Your Name, LIE WITH ME will arrive February 15, 2024 on DVD and VOD, digital platforms, including AppleTV, Amazon Prime, Google Play, VUDU, and more.
“LIE WITH ME is an assured, tender, erotic, intelligent and tragic drama, and by far the best French film I’ve seen in years. To paraphrase Nicole Kidman, heartbreak never felt so good”, said Ray Murray, President of Cinephobia Releasing.
Celebrated novelist Stéphane Belcourt (Guillaume de Tonquédec) travels to his hometown after over 30 years. There, he meets Lucas (Victor Belmondo, grandson of Jean-Paul Belmondo), the son of Thomas, his secret teenage love. Lucas, inquisitive for information on his now deceased father, sets off turbulent emotions in the writer as his mind is flooded with memories of Thomas and their summer of love.
The film contrasts the wintry present with the sun-splashed summer past when the shy, bespectacled Stéphane (Julien De Saint Jean) meets and falls for the rough and tumble Thomas (Rémy Gillet.) LIE WITH ME is erotic, tender, romantic and heartbreaking.
LIE WITH ME held its North American Premiere at the American French Film Festival, and went on to have a healthy festival life with screenings at Frameline, Newfest, BFI Flare: London LGBTQ+ Film Festival, Miami OUTshine Film Festival where it took home the Audience Award for Best Feature, and ImageOut: The Rochester LGBT Film Festival where it won Best Narrative Feature.
LIE WITH ME
Original title: Arrête avec tes mensonges
Directed by Olivier Peyon
Written by Olivier Peyon, Vincent Poymiro, Cécilia Rouaud, and Arthur Cahn
Starring: Guillaume de Tonquédec, Victor Belmondo, Doriane Chastanet, Julien de Saint Jean, Jérémy Gillet, and Guilaine Londez
Produced by: Anthony Doncque, Gilles Sacuto, Miléna Poylo
Production Company: TS Productions
Cinematography by: Martin Rit
Edited by: Damien Maestraggi
Music by: Thylacine & Bravinsan
France I 2023 I Coming-of-age, Drama, and LGBTQ+ I 98 minutes
Lie With Me (2024) – Official Trailer
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A celebrated novelist reminisces about his secret teenage romance during a nostalgic return home.