Dumont’s Joan of Arc Now Available with IFT At Home
18 June 2020
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 fervour, strength and freedom women show when shackled by societies and archaic virile orders that belittle and alienate them.
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Bruno Dumot Mini Bio
Born in 1958, Bailleul, France, Dumont studied philosophy before he started directing and writing films. To date, he has directed eleven feature films and two TV series, all of which border somewhere between realistic drama and the avant-garde. 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 (1999) and Flandres (2006).
Dumont began working for television with the series P’tit Quinquin (2014), which aired on ARTE.
Coincoin and the Extra Humans was the sequel of P’tit Quinquin and was presented during the 71st Locarno Festival in 2018 where he received a Lifetime Achievement Award.
He changed tack again with the challenge of a rock musical with Jeannette, l’enfance de Jeanne d’Arc (2017), based on a play by Charles Péguy.
Joan of Arc, also from the Charles Péguy play, was presented in Un Certain Regard selection in Cannes 2019.