Films

The Wild Boys

The Wild Boys, "Les garçons sauvages"

Synopsis

Director

Like a fever dream in which Jean Cocteau and Jean-Pierre Jeunet had a baby that proceeded to direct a version of Pasolini’s "Salo" with a smattering of Kubrick, "The Wild Boys" is bold and provocative filmmaking from debut feature film director Bertrand Mandico.

After committing a heinous crime, five adolescent boys are forced to travel on the sailboat of a Dutch captain in the hope that this will mend their savage ways. But soon the boys decide to mutiny against the captain and soon find themselves on a supernatural island. Amidst verdant and fertile vegetation, the boys fall under the powers of the island and find themselves drawn into a web of intrigue which will be certain to change them forever.

Mandico flirts with a number of issues, amongst them gender politics, sexuality and colonialism, through stark yet surreal black and white photography and almost comic overt symbolism – such as the large phallic plants which the boys suck milky white liquid out to survive. The film’s gleeful avoidance of subtlety in terms of sexuality or the fantasy world it creates helps create a sense of relentless energy and the film is consistently inventive, funny and – amidst all the chaos of the film – insightful.

The cast provide committed performances, all with a certain level of archness that fits into the film’s unique landscape and it all adds up to a unique cinematic vision that is uncompromising, clever, humorous and indicative of a talent that will be one to watch over the years to come.

Laurence Boyce

Bertrand Mandico

(b. 1971) has worked for several art institutions in Europe and directed many short films. Two of them, „Boro in the Box“ and „Living Still Life“, were selected at the Festival de Cannes and at the Venice International Film Festival respectively, and have won several awards at international film festivals. While continuing his project of directing twenty-one shorts in twenty-one years with actress Elina Löwensohn, he directed „The Wild Boys“, his debut feature film.

Filmography

  • Les garçons sauvages (The Wild Boys, 2017)

Schedule

20.11.2017
21:30 - 23:20
Tallinn, 
Kino Artis
Hall 2
Subtitles: ENG
Screening code: 041402
Buy
26.11.2017
17:45 - 19:35
Tallinn, 
Coca-Cola Plaza
Hall 4
Subtitles: ENG
Screening code: 100306
Sold out
02.12.2017
18:00 - 19:50
Tallinn, 
Apollo Kino Solaris
Hall 4
Subtitles: ENG
Screening code: 161101
Sold out
Screenings with guests might end later than expected.

Programme

Rebels with a Cause

Film info

Country: France
Year: 2017
Duration: 110 minutes
Languages: French, English
Director: Bertrand Mandico
Producer: Emmanuel Chaumet
Writer: Bertrand Mandico
DOP: Pascale Granel
Montage: Laure Saint Marc
Composers: Pierre Desprats, Hekla Magnusdottir
Cast: Pauline Lorillard, Vimala Pons, Diane Rouxel, Anael Snoek, Mathilde Warnier, Sam Louwyck
Production: Ecce Films
Festival: Venice

Synopsis

Director

Like a fever dream in which Jean Cocteau and Jean-Pierre Jeunet had a baby that proceeded to direct a version of Pasolini’s "Salo" with a smattering of Kubrick, "The Wild Boys" is bold and provocative filmmaking from debut feature film director Bertrand Mandico.

After committing a heinous crime, five adolescent boys are forced to travel on the sailboat of a Dutch captain in the hope that this will mend their savage ways. But soon the boys decide to mutiny against the captain and soon find themselves on a supernatural island. Amidst verdant and fertile vegetation, the boys fall under the powers of the island and find themselves drawn into a web of intrigue which will be certain to change them forever.

Mandico flirts with a number of issues, amongst them gender politics, sexuality and colonialism, through stark yet surreal black and white photography and almost comic overt symbolism – such as the large phallic plants which the boys suck milky white liquid out to survive. The film’s gleeful avoidance of subtlety in terms of sexuality or the fantasy world it creates helps create a sense of relentless energy and the film is consistently inventive, funny and – amidst all the chaos of the film – insightful.

The cast provide committed performances, all with a certain level of archness that fits into the film’s unique landscape and it all adds up to a unique cinematic vision that is uncompromising, clever, humorous and indicative of a talent that will be one to watch over the years to come.

Laurence Boyce

Bertrand Mandico

(b. 1971) has worked for several art institutions in Europe and directed many short films. Two of them, „Boro in the Box“ and „Living Still Life“, were selected at the Festival de Cannes and at the Venice International Film Festival respectively, and have won several awards at international film festivals. While continuing his project of directing twenty-one shorts in twenty-one years with actress Elina Löwensohn, he directed „The Wild Boys“, his debut feature film.

Filmography

  • Les garçons sauvages (The Wild Boys, 2017)
Make sure to vote for your favourite Rebel here!