The award-winning writing and directing team of Olivier Ducastel and Jacques Martineau have a created a provocative stream of consciousness tale that revolves around 93 minutes in the life of Théo (Geoffrey Couët — Up for Love, La Voyante), Hugo (François Nambot — The Missionaries) and the city streets of Paris, France.
The Film is titled Paris 05:59 Théo and Hugo and it will be available as both DVD and Blu-ray product offerings from Wolfe on Apr. 18.
The film has played the festival circuit — both domestically and internationally — since opening at the Berlin International Film Festival in February of last year and will be enjoying a limited arthouse theatrical run during Febuary and March of this year.
The story begins in a Paris “club” at around 4:30 in the morning. The club is an underground “sex club,” which seems, these days, to be a dangerous place to be hanging out — between STDs and the Jihadi violence (of which France has had its share) you could literally be placing your life in jeopardy.
Perhaps it is that danger — the allure of it — that has drawn these two young men to this place at such a late hour. In any case, their passionate encounter blows through the usual cautionary signs and it is only afterwards that Hugo reveals that he is HIV positive … precautions were not taken.
He assures Théo that he is in treatment, so the chances of him infecting his partner are minimal. Nevertheless, they leave the club and hit the sleepy streets of Paris in the pre-dawn darkness to find help at a local clinic.
It is during this hour that the pair encounter other denizens of the night; have adventures (Paris is so very still and quiet; beautiful) … soon the magic of the moment will be gone, the sun will rise and the Paris streets will fill with people. But for these 93 minutes they have life … life to be lived.
Paris 05:59 Théo and Hugo is presented in French with English subtitles.