Jean Gentil

  • 84'
  • Dominican Republic
  • 2010
After he is dismissed as a French teacher, middle-aged Haitian man Jean Gentil embarks on a desperate quest for work in Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic. He sets out with a large shopping bag looking for a place in the world and a reason to carry on. During his journey on foot, he passes a building site where he can start work, but he would rather do something that is more intellectually demanding.
Jean Gentil, played by Jean Remy Genty, is given all the room he needs to make the transition from the large and continually growing city to the peace of the countryside. The changing surroundings are like a character in themselves.
Just as in their feature debut Cochochi, which won the Discovery Award at the Toronto Film Festival in 2007 and was also screened in Rotterdam, the Dominican Laura Amelia Guzmán and the Mexican Israel Cárdenas make use of non-professional actors. The beauty of the island is not able to mask the worries of the inhabitants.


Directors
Laura Amelia Guzmán Conde, Israel Cárdenas Ramírez
Countries of production
Dominican Republic, Mexico, Germany
Production Year
2010
Festival Edition
IFFR 2011
Length
84'
Medium
35mm
Language
Spanish
Producers
Laura Amelia Guzmán Conde, Israel Cárdenas Ramírez, Pablo Cruz
Production Companies
Aurora Dominicana, Canana Films
Sales
Aurora Dominicana
Screenplay
Israel Cárdenas, Laura Amelia Guzmán
Cinematography
Laura Amelia Guzmán, Israel Cárdenas
Editor
Israel Cárdenas
Production Design
Sylvia Conde, Eduardo Guzmán
Sound Design
Alejandro de Icaza
Cast
Jean Remy Genty
Local Distributor
Hubert Bals Fund
Website
https://www.auroradominicana.com/jeangentil