In the 15th century, both France and England stake a blood claim for the French throne. Believing that God had chosen her, the young Joan leads the army of the King of France. When she is captured, the Church sends her for trial on charges of heresy. Refusing to accept the accusations, the graceful Joan of Arc will stay true to her mission. Bruno Dumont’s decision to work with a ten-year-old actress re-injects this heroine’s timeless cause and ideology with a modernity that highlights both the tragic female condition and the incredible fervor, strength and freedom women show when shackled by societies and archaic virile orders that belittle and alienate them
- Special Jury Mention (Un Certain Regard) - Cannes FF
- Lise Leplat Prudhomme
- Bruno Dumont
- David Chambille
- Basile Belkhiri
- 3B PRODUCTIONS
To make a film, I need to go back to what nurtures me, which is the relationship between art and religion in painting.
Bruno Dumont (born in France) is a French film Director. To date, he has directed several feature films, all of which border somewhere between realistic drama and the avant-garde. His first feature film THE LIFE OF JESUS was selected at Directors' Fortnight. His films have won several awards at the Cannes films Festival. Two of Dumont's films have won the Grand Prix award: both L’HUMANITÉ and FLANDERS (2006). The only other director who has twice won the Cannes Grand Prix is Andrei Tarkovsky. Dumont's HADEWIJCH won the 2009 Prize of the International Critics (FIPRESCI Prize) for Special Presentation at the Toronto Film Festival, and will be distributed in France in 2009, and by IFC in the U.S. in 2010. CAMILLE CLAUDEL 1915 (2013) screened in Competition in Berlin. LI’L QUINQUIN (2014) wolrd premiered in the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs' Special Screenings. In 2016, SLACK BAY was presented in Competition at the Cannes International Film Festival, and in 2017, so was his film JEANNETTE, THE CHILDHOOD OF JOAN OF ARC.