Music Box Films Home Entertainment Presents:
A THOUGHT-PROVOKING MYSTERY ABOUT FAITH, DOUBT, AND HOPE STARRING VINCENT LINDON
Coming to DVD and VOD on January 22, 2019
“Remarkable. Days later, I can’t stop thinking about it.” – Anthony Lane, THE NEW YORKER
“AN EXCELLENT FILM. A captivating inquiry into the ever-fluctuating area between belief and doubt, truth and lies.” — Fabienne Lemercier, CINEUROPA
“A genuinely engaging cinematic treatment of faith, one that offers revelations even as it casts a gimlet eye on Revelation.” – Matthew Lickona, SAN DIEGO READER
A modern-day ecclesiastical thriller, THE APPARITION is a startlingly original contemporary drama about faith and spirituality. Written and directed by lauded French filmmaker Xavier Giannoli (Marguerite, In The Beginning), THE APPARITION follows a respected journalist whose belief system is profoundly shaken when he’s recruited by the Vatican to investigate an apparition of the Virgin Mary, witnessed by a similarly beguiling young woman.
César Award-winning actor Vincent Lindon stars as Jacques Mayano, a writer with a large regional newspaper in France who is tapped by the Vatican to lead a committee to explore the legitimacy of saintly apparitions in a small French village. Traveling to the village for this canonical investigation, he meets the young and sensitive Anna (Galatéa Bellugi), who claims to have witnessed a vision of the Virgin Mary. Though she has gained a captive audience following her declaration, Anna is torn between her faith and the many solicitations she receives. Confronted with opposing views from clergy members and skeptics, Jacques finds his own ideologies and values challenged as he works to uncover the hidden mysteries, motivations, and pressures surrounding Anna’s vision.
Writer-director Xavier Giannoli, having read an article on “canonical investigations” into allegedly supernatural events such as miraculous healings or apparitions, was thus inspired to make THE APPARITION. One of the first insights he gleaned during his pre-production research was that the church’s investigative commissions didn’t solely involve religious people.
“I wanted to [approach the subject] without bias or dogmatism, from the point of view of an ordinary person, not a philosopher or a theologian (which I’m not), but of a filmmaker with a desire for human truth,” he said. “That’s how I had the idea of this journalist character not being holier-than-thou or a cynical atheist—just a free man who wants to sort out what is true and what isn’t. I needed to re-appropriate these issues far from the clichés of the media’s portrayal, debates on the clash of civilizations, the return of religion and the fundamentalist extremism, or the Church and its scandals.”
Following screenings at international festivals in Moscow, Edinburgh, and Lisbon, among others, as well as a release in the nation’s top theatrical markets, THE APPARITION will be available on DVD and VOD (iTunes, Amazon Instant, FandangoNow, Vudu, GooglePlay and YouTube) for the first time on January 22, 2019 (prebook December 18, 2018). The DVD, which includes interviews with director Xavier Giannoli and the cast among its bonus features, carries a suggested retail price of $29.95.
Featuring outstanding performances by stars Vincent Lindon and Galatéa Bellugi, and stunning photography by ace cinematographer Eric Gautier (On the Road, The Motorcycle Diaries), Xavier Giannoli’s THE APPARITION is a remarkable humanist exploration that sees the world through the eyes of its conflicted protagonists and taps into the faith that lies within us all.
More information on THE APPARITION may be found on the MUSIC BOX FILMS website at www.musicboxfilms.com/film/the-apparition.
Music Box Films Home Entertainment
VOD and DVD RELEASE DATE: January 22, 2019
DVD PREBOOK DATE: December 18, 2018
Price: DVD $29.95
Director/screenwriter: Xavier Giannoli
Cast: Vincent Lindon, Galatéa Bellugi, Patrick d’Assumçao, Anatole Taubman, Elina Löwensohn, Claude Lévèque, Gérard Dessalles, Bruno Georis, Alicia Hava, Candice Bouchet
Running Time: 144 min.
Sound Format: Dolby Digital 5.1
Language: French, English and Italian with English subtitles
- Interview with director Xavier Giannoli
- Galatéa Bellugi audition tapes
- Cast interviews at al Zaatari Refugee Camp
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