Directed by Dominik Moll, and nominated for 10 CESAR awards, the film hits cinemas on March 31st. Get ready to experience The Night Of The 12th.

Picturehouse Entertainment is pleased to announce the release of Dominik Moll’s award-winning investigative drama The Night Of The 12th exclusively in cinemas on 31st March 2023.

Premiering at the Cannes Film Festival last year, THE NIGHT Of The 12th follows a police unit working on a gruesome murder case that increasingly grows cold. THE NIGHT Of The 12th received Best Film and Best Screenplay Awards at France’s Lumiere Awards last month as well as 10 César Award nominations, including best film and best-adapted screenplay.


A taut and piercing thriller set against the French Alps, THE NIGHT Of The 12th follows a good cop-bad cop team played by Bastien Bouillon and Bouli Lanners. Young and ambitious Captain Vivés (Bastien Bouillon) has just been appointed group leader at the Grenoble Criminal Squad when Clara’s murder case lands on his desk. Vivés and his team investigate Clara’s complex life and relations, one interrogation follows another, there is no shortage of suspects but Vivés has more and more doubts. What starts as a professional and methodical immersion into the victim’s life soon turns into a haunting obsession.


THE NIGHT Of The 12th is based on a section from Pauline Guéna’s book 18.3 – une année à la PJ (18.3 – A Year With the Crime Squad), described as a journey to the heart of the dark side of men. A proficient director of mystery thrillers, (Only The Animals, Lemming, With A Friend Like Harry) Moll deftly explores issues of gender, violence, and policing politics in France. He says “The relationship between men and women is central to the film, forming its main thread. The book does not particularly focus on this issue, but the fact that Pauline Guéna is a woman, and her specific view, from a safe distance, of the men of the criminal police, is undoubtedly a major factor in the approach that imposed itself on us. A great many news items are directly related to cases of violence perpetrated by men against women.

The officers who have to fight this violence are almost exclusively male. Even if, in a commendable way, some films and series show female investigators at work, in reality, it is still a “man’s world”. What do these men think about when they investigate crimes committed against women who could be their daughters, their partners, their friends, or their sisters? How do they view the suspects? And the victims? What feelings does all this provoke in them? We wanted the film to lead the audience to ask such questions.”


Dominik Moll started as an assistant editor, editor, and assistant director among others with Marcel Ophuls and Laurent Cantet. His first feature film Intimité was released in 1994 and his second feature With A Friend Like Harry was shown in official competition at Cannes and won several César awards in France. His third film, Lemming premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2005 and was nominated for a Palme d’Or. Additional films include The Monk, News from Planet Mars, and the acclaimed Only the Animals which received César Award and Venice Film Festival nominations and a Best International Film Award at the Munich Film Festival.


Bastien Bouillon began his acting career in 2009, in the series RIS, Central Nuit, and Boulevard du Palais. His role in Declaration of War was the beginning of a lasting collaboration with Valérie Donzelli, with whom he would work again in Hand in Hand (2012) and Marguerite et Julien, in Competition at Cannes in 2015. In 2014, his role in Julie Lopes-Curval’s High Society earned him a Lumière Award nomination for Most Promising Actor. He was nominated for a César Award for Most Promising Actor for his role in Sébastien Betbeder’s Up the Mountain. Bouillon has worked notably several times with Dominik Moll, in Only the Animals in 2019 and in the lead role of The Night of the 12th.


Bouli Lanners is a Belgian actor, author, filmmaker, and painter and is known for The First, the Last (2016), The Giants (2011), Rust and Bone (2012), and Eldorado (2008).

The Night Of The 12th will be released exclusively in cinemas on 31 March 2023. It runs for 115 mins, and its certificate is currently TBC. The film is presented by Picturehouse Entertainment.

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Source: Picturehouse Entertainment


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