Salma Hayek and Mathieu Demy in AMERICANO, a film by Mathieu Demy. Picture courtesy MPI Media Group. All rights reserved.


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Americano (2011/2012)

Opened: 06/15/2012 Limited

Sunshine Cinema06/15/2012 - 06/26/201212 days

Trailer: Click for trailer

Genre: French Drama

Rated: Unrated


Martin lives in Paris with Claire. Their relationship has hit a dead end. When he loses his mother back in California, Martin must return to the city of his childhood to deal with the formalities surrounding his inheritance.

In Los Angeles, he's greeted by Linda, a family friend who offers to help him through the difficult time. She takes him to his mother's apartment, in a neighborhood he used to know well when they lived there together. Images from his childhood resurface and disturb him.

Martin can't face up to his mom's death and takes off to Tijuana on the trail of Lola, a Mexican woman he used to know, and who held a special place in his mother's life. He finds her at the Americano, a club where she dances every night...

But to make his own peace, Martin will have to delve into his past.

Director's Statement

AMERICANO is a project that grew with me for many years. It tells the story of Martin, a man who refuses to face his mother's death, while the relationship with his girlfriend Claire is stalling.

The theme of inheritance is behind all of the film's questions. What do your parents pass along to you? What do you do with this legacy? How do you write your own story?

At first, Martin focuses on the concrete matters of succession, as his mother left behind an apartment in Los Angeles and a few paintings. But despite his initial tendency to avoidance, Martin will also have to deal with the more intimate and painful dimension of his journey: the broken link to his mother.

Grief will eventually make him reflect on his own parentage and issues with his girlfriend.

It seemed like an obvious choice, both artistic and personal, to approach filmmaking within the context of my own filiation. AMERICANO is a fiction, but Martin's experience echoes my own. The use of excerpts from my mother Agnes Varda's DOCUMENTEUR, in which I acted as a child when we were living in Los Angeles, feeds the film in both fictional and intimate ways.

Director's Biography

Born on October 15th, 1972 in Paris, Mathieu Demy first appeared as a child in the films of his parents, landmark French filmmakers Agnes Varda and Jacques Demy. He was 8 when he took the lead in Varda's Los Angeles based DOCUMENTEUR.

Demy's work as an actor includes collaborations with directors such as Michel Hazanavicius, Andre Techine, Pierre Salvadori, Celine Sciamma, Emmanuelle Bercot, Pascal Bonitzer, Olivier Ducastel and Jacques Martineau, Jean-Pierre Mocky, Michel Deville, Benoit Cohen, Orso Miret... Demy played a wide scope of characters, in films ranging from romantic comedy to drama and musical.

In 1999, Demy created his production company Les Films de l'Autre to produce his own short films, LE PLAFOND (2000) and LA BOURDE (2005). AMERICANO (2011), which Demy wrote, directed and produced, is his first feature film.