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Category: Edition 2020

Jack, 19, Lisa, 17, and Mathis, 10, abruptly become orphans. Each sibling reacts differently to the family tragedy: Lisa spreads her wings. Jack, having just become of age is appointed as his brother’s guardian by court decision. A new life begins. But how does someone just barely out of adolescence himself become responsible for a child? And how does one construct a future when the past has become a dangerous obsession? Fortunately, youth’ s strength and energy can work miracles.

Original Title JUST KIDS
Category Official Competition
Section Generator +16
Tipology Feature Film
Duration 103'
Production Year 2020
Nationality France, Switzerland
Directed by Christophe Blanc
Screenplay Christophe Blanc, Béryl Peillard
Director of photography Noé Bach
Editor Muriel Breton
Production Design Aurette Leroy
Costume Design Catherine Rigault
Sound Antoine Mercier, Samuel Aïchoun
Music Florencia Di Concilio
Main cast Kacey Mottet Klein
Andrea Maggiulli
Anamaria Vartolomei
Angelina Woreth
Yves Caumon
Ahmed Abdel-Laoui
Pierre Vial
Lou Lambrecht
Produced by Bertrand Gore

regista Christophe BlancCHRISTOPHE BLANC
After attending the University of Marseille, where he studied photography and audiovisual arts, Christophe Blanc turned to directing and distinguished himself with his first short film VIOLENTE, which received many awards. His first medium-length film, FAUTE DE SOLEIL, was selected for the Directors’ Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival in 1995. His first feature film, AN OUTGOING WOMAN, starring Agnès Jaoui, was well-received by the public and very positively reviewed. Since, he has split his time between prestige films for television (A BIG GIRL LIKE YOU, presented in the Panorama section of the Berlin Film Festival; and GOLDMAN for Canal+, starring Samuel Benchetrit) and projects for cinema such as WHITE AS SNOW, with François Cluzet, Olivier Gourmet, Louise Bourgoin, Bouli Lanners and Jonathan Zaccaï. JUST KIDS is his new film.

Director's statement
"JUST KIDS is in great part linked to my own life story. I mixed fiction with reality and my memories, but the fact is I became an orphan at an incredibly young age. My father had a parallel, underground life that had little to do with the man he posed as, and his violent death became a blind spot that obsessed me. It takes a long time to speak such truths. Today, I can tell this story without falling to pieces, which wasn’t the case just a few years ago. Nonetheless, for a long while I had wanted to make a film about youth, death, and the confrontation with grief. Not in relation to violence or dark romanticism, but through a much more universal dimension: what each and every one of us ends up going through when losing a loved one. The difference here is that instead of experiencing these feelings as adults, my characters are experiencing loss when they are still minors or have only just reached majority. At an age when a person discovers that he or she is an individual (for Mathis), or when one is finally able to experience the delights of being free (for Jack and Lisa), they are struck head on with tragedy. The heart of the film is in the collision of these two energies, one beautiful and alive, the other, dark, and violent".


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