This sunday, the Toronto International Film Festival will unveil Eden, a picture helmed by French director Mia Hansen-Løve, which captures the rise of EDM in the 1990s. Specifically, the film will span Paris, New York, and Chicago, following a fictional teenager duo named Cheers who come up during the same time as Daft Punk‘s meteoric rise. The lead character (Paul) is played by Félix de Givry, while Daft Punk’s Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo will be played by Vincent Lacoste and Arnaud Azoulay respectively.
The film also stars Frances Ha‘s Greta Gerwig, and will portray various real DJ’s throughout its duration. It’s not entirely clear how much Daft Punk themselves had to do with the film, but three of their songs soundtrack the trailer, so they seem to have approved. Here’s TIFF‘s synopsis:
“Greta Gerwig and Brady Corbet star in the exhilarating new film from French auteur Mia Hansen-Løve (Goodbye First Love), which traces the rise of the French electronic-music boom in the 1990s.
Electronic dance music is the rock ’n’ roll of our time. And the jazz. And the punk. Whichever your frame of reference, EDM calls to mind stories of creative genius and staggering fame — but also of lives lost and abandoned in the night. It’s not easy to capture the texture of this culture on film, but writer-director Mia Hansen-Love has found an ideal approach.
Paul (Félix de Givry) is a teenager in the underground dance music scene of early-nineties Paris. Raves dominate, but he’s drawn to the more soulful rhythms of Chicago’s garage house scene. He and a friend form a DJ duo called — with unfathomable layers of irony — Cheers. Two of their friends form a group with a similarly odd name: Daft Punk. These young artists plunge into the life, building their following one set at a time, dropping out of daytime society to form a community based on the high of the ceaseless beats and bass. There are drugs. There is sex. Paul hooks up with an American in Paris, played by the spirited Greta Gerwig (also appearing at the Festival in The Humbling), but that may be fleeting.
Hansen-Love’s previous films Tout est pardonée, Father of My Children and Goodbye First Love are, in the deepest sense, relationship films. They focus not on plot points but on glimpses of connection and betrayal that accumulate to form the bigger picture. Eden is her largest canvas to date. Drawing on the story of her own brother Sven, with whom she co-wrote the screenplay, Hansen-Love has created what you could call a low-key epic. Yes, the film captures the rise of dance music in Paris, Chicago, and New York — but via intimate moments in the company of young people who didn’t become Daft Punk. Instead, they gave everything in search of that intoxicating cocktail of euphoria and melancholy so often found in the club.”