Jacky au royaume des filles

Riad Sattouf

In the Kingdom of Bubunne, women are in power while men wear veils and do domestic tasks. Jacky, a lovely young man who dreams of marrying the 'Colonelle' (Charlotte Gainsbourg) has to struggle like a Cinderella to realize his dreams. Delightful satire on gender, power and veggies. Nominated for The Big Screen Award.

In the People's Democratic Republic of Bubunne, the women are in power. They rule the country and maintain order, while the men - clad in robes from head to toe - take care of the households. Things are not very democratic; the 'Generale' rules with an iron fist - opponents are hanged.
In this strange country, where horses are worshipped and the national cuisine is a slimy gruel, Jacky gets ready for the Grand Ball, at which the Generale's daughter (Charlotte Gainsbourg) will choose a husband. Jacky fervently hopes he will be chosen, but he's not the only candidate.
In his second feature film, cartoonist Riad Sattouf, who made his directing debut with the award-winning The French Kissers (2009), challenges common assumptions about men and women. The satirical Jacky in the Kingdom of Women is not only witty, but often very sharp in its radical switching of gender roles. It's also a romantic fairytale, brimming with black humour and with a particularly surprising end.

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Riad Sattouf
Production country & year
France - 2014
87 min
World premiere
Anne-Dominique Toussaint
Screen play
Riad Sattouf
Charlotte Gainsbourg, Vincent Lacoste, Michel Hazanavicius, Laure Marsac, Didier Bourdon
Josée Deshaies
Virginie Bruant
Production design
Alain Guffroy
Sound design
Valérie Deloof