festival program / Knight Marimbas Award

Only the Animals


Veteran French filmmaker Dominik Moll has adapted Colin Niel's 2018 French novel Seules les bêtes into a visually-stunning thriller that has garnered well-deserved acclaim since it debuted in the Venice Days section of the 2019 Venice Film Festival.

Following the disappearance of a woman during a snowstorm, five strangers in a remote French mountain town are caught up in a mystery that spans continents and which none of them expected. Told in a non-linear style, reminiscent to chronology-twisting tales like Memento or Pulp Fiction, Moll's film is a riveting murder mystery in which all five characters played a role in a woman's murder, even if unknowingly, in ways that gradually and thrillingly become apparent to the viewer.

Featuring some of France's finest actors, including Denis Ménochet (Inglourious Basterds, Custody, By the Grace of God) and Damien Bonnard (The Trouble with You, Les Misérables), Only the Animals is sure to be one of the most talked-about French films of the year.

This screening is supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and sponsored by AIDS Healthcare Foundation, German Consulate General Miami, and TV5MONDE USA.

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Director Bio

Dominik Moll is a French director and screenwriter. He is known for his feature films Lemming (05) and Harry, He's Here to Help (00) which were both official selections of the Cannes Film Festival. Harry, He's Here To Help won several César Awards including Best Director.

Cast & Credits

  • Director(s)
    Dominik Moll
  • Producer(s)
    Carole Scotta, Caroline Benjo, Barbara Letellier, Simon Arnal
  • Screenwriter(s)
    Gilles Marchand, Dominik Moll
  • Cinematographer(s)
    Patrick Ghiringhelli
  • Composer
    Benedikt Schiefer
  • Cast
    Denis Ménochet, Laura Calamy, Damien Bonnard, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Nadia Tereszkiewicz:, Guy Roger «bibisse» N'drin, Bastien Bouillon, Marie Amie

Film Info

  • Year
  • Category
  • Original Title
    Seules les bêtes
  • Country
    France, Germany
  • Run-Time
    116 min
  • Language
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