Jeunesse

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Jeunesse

The Young One

Julien Samani
F/P, 2016
80min, OmeU

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Jeunesse

Julien Samani
F/P, 2016
, 80min, OmeU

Cast: 
Kévin Azaïs
Zico
Samir Guesmi
José Géraud
Jean-François Stévenin
Capitaine Firmin Paillet
Bastien Ughetto
Yoyo
Camille Polet
Mélanie
Lazare Minoungou
Moctar
Screenplay: 
Julien Samani
Camille Fontaine
based on a novel by Joseph Conrad
Camera: 
Simon Beaufils
Editor: 
Julie Dupré
Composer: 
Ulysse Klotz

Production: 
Alfama Films
Leopardo Filmes
Format: 
DCP
Color

Julien Samani garnered attention with his first feature film, LA PEAU TROUÉE, which received the 2005 Jean Vigo Award, an abrupt and powerful documentary filmed on a fishing boat that pursues sharks. In JEUNESSE, adapted from the eponymous novel by Joseph Conrad, he once again sets out to the sea, which is, this time around, a sea of minimum fiction and the initiation rite of a young boy, Zico, who knows nothing but his exalted dreams and who learns step by step, on a worn-out trawler, to become who he will be. His mentor, who also happens to be an old and exhausted captain who has lost the passion that drives the boy, is magnificently played by Jean-François Stévenin, with thinning, white and unruly hair atop a body in an advanced state of decay. There’s no need to wait for the credits and the announcement that the narrator’s off voice, the young Zico, now a captain and old himself, belongs to the famous film director Patrick Grandperret, to understand that this high-sea fable definitely points to other equally violent backwashes, namely, those of cinema itself. (Jean-Pierre Rehm)

Julien Samani: LA PEAU TROUÉE (2004), SUR LA PISTE (2007, K), L’USAGE DU MONDE: VOL. 1 (2010)