Les garçons sauvages

Bertrand Mandico

IFFR 2018

Bright Future

  • 110'
  • France
  • 2017

The boys are unleashed. In the early 1900s, five teenagers from rich families are sent on a repressive cruise after murdering their teacher. Led by a violent captain, they arrive on a strange island with luxuriant, supernatural vegetation. As the song says, "a change is gonna come".

In his first feature, Bertrand Mandico deepens the universe of his award-winning shorts: cinema as something organic, only-shot-on-film, where bodies are shrouded by highly-stylised, sexy and wild visuals. A world of literal (bodily) and metaphorical fluids. The Wild Boys manages the crazy feat of merging such disparate influences and genres as Joseph Conrad’s Lord Jim, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Kenneth Anger, 80’s New Wave, Joseph Von Sternberg and Wakamatsu Koji in a gorgeous (mostly) black-and-white feast of magical visions. With the strength of poetry rather than speeches, the film pleads for a fluid sexual identity to free ourselves.


Director
Bertrand Mandico
Country of production
France
Production Year
2017
Festival Edition
IFFR 2018
Length
110'
Medium
DCP
International title
The Wild Boys
Languages
French, English
Producer
Emmanuel Chaumet / Ecce Films
Production Company
Ecce Films
Sales
Ecce Films
Screenplay
Bertrand Mandico
Cinematography
Pascale Granel, Pascale Granel
Editor
Laure Saint Marc
Production Design
Astrid Tonnellier
Sound Design
Bertrand Mandico
Music
Pierre Desprats, Hekla Magnúsdóttir
Cast
Elina Löwensohn, Pauline Lorillard, Vimala Pons, Diane Rouxel, Anaël Snoek, Mathilde Warnier, Sam Louwyck
Website
http://www.bertrandmandico.com