awards: Prix Louis Delluc 2011 - Best First Film, 12th T-Mobile New Horizons International Film Festival in Wrocław – Audience Award
polish distributor: Stowarzyszenie Nowe Horyzonty
release date: 5.04.2013
While rumor has it that Donoma cost 150 euro to make, the phenomenon of Djinn Carrénard’s debut is not the shoe-string budget (low by even independent film standards), but the charismatic narration that keep viewers glued to the screen. The film is ostensibly a mosaic story of several romances that share something in common. One involves a Spanish teacher, her recalcitrant student and his girlfriend with stigma, while the second emotional triangle spans a handsome black-skinned ne'er-do-well and two photographers, one white and one black. Donoma attempts surgery on the living body of French society, where the love stories serve to show the body’s diseases, such as racism, materialism, sexism and caste structure. The nervous shredded narration recalls Cassavetes; improvised machine-gun slang where the dialogs are akin to French mumblecore. The disquieting soundtrack by Frank Villabella elevates the lovers from their cramped flats and sullied metro trains into the realm of emotional tortures to which they subject themselves and each other.
Djinn Carrénard (born in 1981) is a French director of Haitian origin. Donoma is his feature-length debut.