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Jessica Forever

Caroline Poggi, Jonathan Vinel
France 2018 / 97’
subtitles: Polish and English
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Living life like a video game. A neo-baroque wildness of the heart. A love that forgives everything. The slogan the Future is a Woman gains a completely new, radical meaning in this dystopian story of lost boys and their surrogate mother. The beautiful Aomi Muyock (as seen in Gaspar Noé’s Love), as the titular Jessica, takes care of a group of teenage orphans. Together they create something between a foster family and a militaristic street gang. Their goal is to survive in the hostile conditions of their surrounding world. Sometimes this will be polite behaviour at a neighbourly party and sometimes it will be to save a friend from a drone attack. The seemingly everyday scenes smoothly turn into nightmares and the characters are balanced on the edge of a mental crisis, ready to sink into the abyss. The debut of Caroline Poggi and Jonathan Vinel shows a world in the near future, devoid of any form of interpersonal relations. The dominant emotion is loneliness expressed in a series of poetic and indecipherable images, creating this emotional film with its minimalistic action, but powerful impact.

Ewa Szabłowska

awards

IndieLisboa 2019 – Special Jury Award

Screenings

sa 27 Jul, 19:00knh 8
su 28 Jul, 10:00knh 8
fr 02 Aug, 21:45knh 8
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Caroline Poggi, Jonathan Vinel

Born in 1988 in Toulouse, Jonathan studied editing at La Fémis. Caroline is born in 1990, in Ajaccio. She studied at Paris IV University and at the University in Corsica. Each of the two separately directed several short films (Chiens for Caroline, Notre amour est assez puissant for Jonathan), before directing together. Their short film As Long As Shotguns Remain won the Golden Bear at the 2014 Berlinale and they are presently shooting their first feature film Jessica Forever.

Filmography

2014 Tant qu’il nous reste des fusils à pompe / As Long As Shotguns Remain (short)

2018 Jessica Forever

Cast & Crew

director Caroline Poggi, Jonathan Vinel
screenplay Caroline Poggi, Jonathan Vinel
cinematography Marine Atlan
editing Vincent Tricon
music Ulysse Klotz
cast Aomi Muyock, Sebastian Urzendowsky, Augustin Raguenet, Lukas Ionesco, Eddy Suiveng
producer Emmanuel Chaumet
production Arte France Cinéma, Issy-Les-Moulineaux
sales MK2 Films
language French
colouration colour