The Scapegoat
by Nicolas Bary
France, 2013, 92', color
01 December 17:30 - Institut français Milano


There is something strange – some would even say abnormal – about the Malaussène family. But if you take a closer look, no one could be happier than this cheerfully chaotic family, even though their mother is usually off on one romantic adventure or another, leaving her children by different fathers (long decamped) to carry on in her absence. Her eldest son Benjamin Malaussène, professional scapegoat in a large department store, is the one in charge when Mom’s away. But when odd incidents start happening wherever he goes, the police begin to eye him suspiciously. Benjamin has to move fast to find out what is going on and who is so interested in ruining his life.

Jérôme Fansten
Serge Frydman
Nicolas Bary
based on the novel by
Daniel Pennac
Patrick Duroux
Véronique Lange

Rolfe Kent
production design
Bettina von den Steinen
Agnès Béziers

Raphaël Personnaz
Bérénice Bejo
Guillaume de Tonquédec
Emir Kusturica
Thierry Neuvic
Mélanie Bernier
Dean Constantin
Marius Yelolo
Bruno Paviot
Alice Pol
Youssef Hajdi
Armande Boulanger

Dimitri Rassam
Jérôme Seydoux

Alvy Développement
Chapter 2
France 2 Cinéma
Pathé Films
Bidibul Productions

Nicolas Bary studied audiovisual production at ESRA, but dropped out to be an intern on the set of Tom Thumb (2001). He then worked as an AD on a number of films, going to to direct and self-produce his first short films: Before… and Fragile in 2003 and 2004. Four years later, he made his feature directorial debut with Trouble at Timpetill, based on a novel by Henry Winterfeld. In 2013, he adapted Daniel Pennac’s renowned novel The Scapegoat for the screen.

2018 Galeries Lafayette:
La Fabrique des Rêves
2018 Cats on Trees: If You Feel (short)
2017 Le petit Spirou
2015 Piaget: Possession (short)

2014 Vianney: Pas là (short)
2013 Au bonheur des ogres
2008 Les enfants de Timpelbach
2006 Judas (short)

2005 Tabasco (short)
2004 Fragile (short)
2003 Before… (short)