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    The Wild Boys

    Les Garçons sauvages

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    111 min

    • French


    At the beginning of the 20th century, on the island of La Réunion, five adolescents of good families enamoured with the occult, commit a savage crime. A Dutch Captain takes them in charge for a repressive cruise on a haunted, dilapidated sailboat. Exhausted by the Captain’s methods, the five boys prepare to mutiny. Their port of call is a supernatural island with luxuriant vegetation and bewitching powers that holds a disturbing secret.


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    • New Waves Special Award - Seville EFF
    • Rebels With A Cause Audience Award - Tallinn Black Nights FF
    • Gérard Frot Coutaz Award - Belfort EntreVues IFF
    • Best Film (Les nouveaux alchimistes section) - FNC Montréal
    • Best Director - Vilnius FF


    Labels & Line Ups


    Pauline Lorillard
    Vimala Pons
    Diane Rouxel
    Anael Snoek
    Mathilde Warnier
    Sam Louwyck
    Elina Löwenson
    Nathalie Richard
    Bertrand Mandico
    Pascale Granel
    Laure Saint Marc
    Pierre Desprats
    Hekla Magnusdottir


    It’s a subtle example of edgy political cinema in today’s mellow dullness.

    Vassilis Economou, Cineuropa

    Mandico has succeeded in translating his radical, poisonous and lustfully voyeuristic world into a feature-length format, not only in terms of the aesthetics of experimental cinema, but also the dialogue on where gender bending ends and equality begins.

    Vassilis Economou, Cineuropa

    Blending elements from Lord of the Flies, A Clockwork Orange and even Emmanuelle (...) where gender bending ends and equality begins.

    Vassilis Economou, Cineuropa

    Bertrand Mandico

    Bertrand Mandico


    Above all, the feature-length format is all about the pleasure of being able to work intensively with your actresses and actors.

    Born in 1971 in Toulouse, Bertrand Mandico graduated from the film directing programme at the Gobelins animation school in Paris. Over the years, Bertrand has cultivated a unique aesthetic and a flare for dark humour that juxtaposes macabre elements and burlesque. He has enriched his cinematic studies with various still format publications, photography, collage and drawings. Bertrand has also worked on promoting forgotten or underappreciated filmmakers (he programmed a Walerian Borowczyk retrospective in Warsaw). His audiovisual creations (a total of 40 short films, TV-commercials and musical films) have been awarded various prizes. His first short film THE BLUE HORSE RIDER won the Annecy Prize Grant in 1998.
    HE WAS EDDY'S DOG was part of the 2001 Cannes Film Festival’s short selection. His project BORO IN THE BOX, an irreverent portrait of Walerian Borowczyk, won the Clermont-Ferrand Festival Grant in 2008. THE WILD BOYS, selected at Venice IFF, will be Bertrand Mandico’s first feature length film. In 2018, his short film APOCALYPSE AFTER will have a special screening in Cannes for the 57th Semaine de la Critique.

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