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Quentin Dupieux
Le daim
France 2019 / 77’
Beanpole Joan of Arc

One of the biggest hits of the Directors Fortnight section at the last Cannes Festival. The protagonist of Quentin Dupieux's black comedy is... a deerskin jacket. The jacket becomes Georges’s obsession - and George is a loser who dreams of becoming a famous filmmaker after buying an expensive velvety article of clothing. After spending the last of his money on the jacket, Georges wanders the French countryside getting closer and closer to the edge of insanity. He accosts people, talks with tassels, grabs his camera, and wanders in the hills. In the net of his fantasies, fantasies and lies he ensnares a local bartendress with a penchant for reediting old films at night. And it became Deerskin, which to me is a film about gentle madness and mostly about freedom: what do we do with our freedom, admits the director. Mixing comedy with horror and drama, Deerskin does not lose touch with reality for a moment - strangeness and absurdity are like amazing growths on its raw matter. It is also an acting tour de force by Jean Dujardin. The actor known for the Oscar-winning Artist completely transforms to become jacket-talking Georges and mocks his own star status.

Małgorzata Sadowska

Quentin Dupieux

Quentin Dupieux was born in 1974 and is known primarily as Mr. Oizo, an electronic music composer. He began his film career by making music videos, including the popular video for his own song, Flat Beat, in which a yellow puppet rhythmically moves his head. His directorial debut was Steak. He gained famethanks to the Rubber, in which the main character is a blood-thirsty tire. Dupieux's specialty is absurd, anarchic humor, but he also makes mainstream and art-house genre films. His film Wrong debuted at Sundance, while Wrong Cops first showed at Cannes. Reality premiered at the Venice Film Festival in the Orizzonti section, while Deerskin was the opener and one of the most enthusiastically received titles of the Cannes Directors’ Fortnight.


2007 Steak

2010 Mordercza opona / Rubber

2012 Wrong

2013 Złe gliny / Wrong Cops

2014 Réalité / Reality

2018 Oko na delikwenta / Au poste!

2019 Deerskin / La daim

Cast & Crew

director Quentin Dupieux
screenplay Quentin Dupieux
cinematography Quentin Dupieux
editing Quentin Dupieux
cast Adèle Haenel, Albert Delpy, Coralie Russier, Jean Dujardin, Laurent Nicolas, Pierre Gommé
producer Thomas Verhaeghe, Mathieu Verhaeghe
production Arte France Cinéma, Garidi Films, Atelier de Production, Nexus Factory, Umedia
Polish distributor Stowarzyszenie Nowe Horyzonty
language French
colouration colour