Presented by Lexus and The Weinstein Company, Friday Night is a debut feature by French director Alexis Michalik, inspired by this year’s series theme “anticipation”. It follows the experiences of Claire, a mother who becomes caught up in city-wide attack while visiting her daughter, a student in France. Finding herself in a strange place and unable to speak the language, she begins a desperate night-time search to find her daughter and ensure her safety.
The premiere will be followed by an after party at INTERSECT BY LEXUS – Tokyo, a brand venue in Tokyo’s Aoyama district, where visitors can experience Lexus through design, art, fashion and culture. Lexus will host the event to celebrate Alexis’s achievement and the third Lexus Short Films series.
Harvey Weinstein, co-chairman of The Weinstein Company, said: “We are very excited to kick off the third series of premieres for the Lexus Short Films and it has been an honour to be an integral part of this programme alongside Lexus, which truly supports the accomplishments of these emerging filmmakers and the art of storytelling.”
David Nordstrom, Lexus International Global Branding General Manager, added, “We are thrilled to produce the Lexus Short Films Series with The Weinstein Company and this journey has been an incredible one thus far. Lexus appreciates the opportunity to provide support for these filmmakers to pursue their dreams and achieve greatness in their films overall.”
Following its Tokyo screening, Friday Night will be shown together the other three films in the series in a combined world premiere at the 2016 Napa Valley Film Festival in California in November. This will be the first time all four works will appear on the same bill, after having been featured individually at other festivals around the world.
David Glasser, The Weinstein Company Chief Operating Officer and President, said: “We are very excited for the world to experience and see these inspiring and unique films and hear their stories.”