Americano (2011 film)

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Promotional poster
Directed by Mathieu Demy
Produced by Mathieu Demy
Agnès Varda
Lisa Blok-Linson
Luisa Gomez da Silva
Corina Danckwerts
Johanna Colboc
Angeline Massoni
Written by Mathieu Demy
Starring Mathieu Demy
Salma Hayek
Geraldine Chaplin
Chiara Mastroianni
Carlos Bardem
Jean-Pierre Mocky
Music by Georges Delerue
Grégoire Hetzel
Cinematography Georges Lechaptois
Edited by Jean-Baptiste Morin
Distributed by Les Films du Losange
Release date
  • 8 September 2011 (2011-09-08) (Toronto)
Running time
90 minutes
Country France
Language French
Box office $107,708[1]

Americano is a 2011 French drama film written and directed by Mathieu Demy. Demy also stars alongside Geraldine Chaplin, Salma Hayek and Chiara Mastroianni. Demy's mother, Agnès Varda, who is also a filmmaker, served as a producer on the project. The film received its première at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival on 8 September 2011[2] and later that month, was also screened at the San Sebastián International Film Festival,[3] where it competed for the Kutxa-New Directors Award.[4] In October it was played at the 55th BFI London Film Festival.[5]


In Paris, the relationship between Martin (Demy) and Claire (Mastroianni) is at an impasse. His mother's death suddenly calls Martin back to Los Angeles to deal with inheritance formalities, the town where he spent his childhood. In Los Angeles he is helped by a family friend, Linda who takes him to his mother's home and the neighbourhood he grew up in. This return to childhood haunts provokes several buried memories that appear to disturb Martin. After speaking with a neighbour, Martin goes to Tijuana in Mexico, looking for Lola (Hayek), a close friend of his mother's. He tracks her down to the Americano, a club where Lola works as a dancer. However, to find resolution, Martin must face up to his past.[6][7]



The memory scenes of Martin's childhood in LA are derived from Demy's mother, Agnes Varda's 1981 film Documenteur in which Demy appeared as a child.


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