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Joan of Arc

Bruno Dumont
France 2019 / 137’
Deerskin So Long, My Son

Two years ago, Bruno Dumont made the experimental historical musical Jeannette: The Childhood of Joan of Arc. Now known for his provocative disposition and atheistic worldview, the director has added a second chapter to his original vision of the life of the Catholic saint and heroine and patron of France. In Jeanne, which made its debut at this year’s festival in Cannes, where it also picked up an award, he shows Joan of Arc in battle: with a world of men convinced they are right, on the battlefield and during an unjust trial for heresy. The story of the Virgin of Orléans is widely known—among the director’s compatriots in particular—so Dumont gives himself a lot of leeway: he limits the action to a minimum and instead adds a great deal of dialogue, providing information in the conventional way. He chooses the same approach that he took to the production of Slack Path: neither logic nor a semblance of realism is important; what matters are the characters and their interactions. In Jeannette: The Childhood of Joan of Arc, he touched on the issue of the rebirth of religious fanaticism in an ironic way. In Joan of Arc, in keeping with the spirit of the times, he focuses on showing the status of a woman who—both in the 15th and the 21st centuries—has to deal with condescending treatment by men and to prove her competence—even if, as in the case of Joan of Arc, she has divine backing.

Karol Owczarek


Cannes IFF 2019 - Un Certain Regard Award - Special Mention

Bruno Dumont

French director Bruno Dumont holds a degree in philosophy and taught at a middle-school in his hometown of Bailleul. His cinematic debut was  The Life of Jesus (1997) . His films such as  Humanity, Flandres, and  Hors Satan are usually set in northern France and include themes of philosophy such as faith, the need for God, as well as sexuality and otherness. In the  Li'l Quinquin miniseries and Slack Bay Dumont shows off a different, more comedic style.

Selected filmography

1997 Życie Jezusa / La vie de Jésus / The Life of Jesus

1999 Ludzkość / L'humanité / Humanity

2003 Dwadzieścia dziewięć palm / Twentynine Palms

2006 Flandria / Flandres / Flanders

2009 Hadewijch

2011 Poza szatanem / Hors Satan / Outside Satan

2013 Camille Claudel 1915

2016 Martwe wody / Ma loute / Slack Bay

Cast & Crew

director Bruno Dumont
screenplay Bruno Dumont
cinematography David Chambille
editing Bruno Dumont, Basile Belkhiri
music Christophe
cast Lise Leplat Prudhomme
producer Rachid Bouchareb, Jean Bréhat, Muriel Merlin
production 3P Productions
sales Luxbox
language French
colouration colour