The Night of the 12th

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GenreDrama, Thriller
Director(s)Dominik Moll
Writer(s)Pauline Guéna, Gilles Marchand, Dominik Moll
CountryFrance, Belgium
Running Time1HR 54MINS
SeasonMain Programme

Winner of the prestigious Lumière award for Best Film as well as six César awards, The Night of the 12th is a deeply arresting and powerful crime thriller from acclaimed French director Dominik Moll.

Detective Yohan Vivès (Bastien Bouillon) has only just taken over as head of the detective bureau of the local police department when he is assigned to the chilling murder of a young woman in her quiet mountain village. But what starts as a meticulous investigation into the victim’s life soon turns into a haunting obsession for Yohan and his team as the killer remains at large.

Inspired by true events, the horrific story comes from one section of Pauline Guéna’s 18.3, a massive chronicle of a year of French murder investigations that was itself partly inspired by David Simon’s HomicideA Year on the Killing Streets. Moll’s film combines a French version of Simon’s dizzyingly comprehensive overview with the sweep of Zodiac and Memories of Murder, delivering the genre hallmarks of true crime while excavating insidious strains of misogyny in contemporary French society.

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