Declaration of War
Director: ValĂ©rie Donzelli
Screenwriters: ValĂ©rie Donzelli, JĂ©rĂ©mie ElkaĂŻm
The opening night film of the 2011 Cannes International Criticsâ€™ Week and Franceâ€™s official 2011 Academy Award entry, Declaration of War is, above all, a love story.
After meeting at a party, Romeo and Juliette (they canâ€™t believe it, either) fall in love, move in together, and have a child, Adam. The young couple, wearily navigating early parenthood, begin to suspect that Adam has a medical problem, a fear thatâ€™s confirmed when doctors discover a brain tumor. Gathering family and friends, they declare war on his illness, and their storybook romance plunges into an unrelenting world of hospitals, exhaustion, and uncertainty.
More heart than heartbreak, ValĂ©rie Donzelliâ€™s second feature transforms the â€śdisease dramaâ€ť into an exuberant, fiercely original experience. With multiple narrators, cinematic flair, free-spirited editing, and eclectic music, Donzelliâ€™s energetic style invokes La Nouvelle Vague but is also purely expressiveâ€”of laughter and tears, hope and fear, joy and anger. Written by Donzelli and JĂ©rĂ©mie ElkaĂŻm (based on their real-life experience), Declaration of War is a beautiful portrait of love and survival.
- International Narrative Feature
- 2012, Sundance Film Festival
- France, 110 min.