This 52-minute documentary tells the story of Roman Polanski’s widely-acclaimed film Tess, shot in 1978. It explores the intimate, personal and collective adventure that led to the creation of the movie, which mirrored both an historical turning point, as well as a particular moment in the director’s life and work. Polanski has fled the United States and finds refuge in France. Tess is a post-modern manifesto, made at a time when the avant-garde was being questioned in all cultural fields, announcing a return to a more classical narrative style.
Serge July interviews the film’s director Roman Polanski, the actress Nastassia Kinski, the director Romain Goupil (who was at the time the film’s 2nd assistant), the artist Christian Boltanski and other personalities associated with the two-year history of the film’s making. Each interviewee reveals their personal vision of this cult movie and tells us about the incredible story of its creation. This documentary is a testimony to the ambition to make ‘’a European film’’ that could compete against Hollywood. It is also an exceptional portrait of a director who was haunted by the game of chance, and coincidence.