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Fortnight 2017, Feature film, 1h45


France, 1425. In the midst of the Hundred Years’ War, the young Jeannette, at the still tender age of 8, looks after her sheep in the small village of Domremy. One day, she tells her friend Hauviette how she cannot bear to see the suffering caused by the English. Madame Gervaise, a nun, tries to reason with the young girl, but Jeannette is ready to take up arms for the salvation of souls and the liberation of the Kingdom of France. Carried by her faith, she will become Joan of Arc.


Bruno Dumont

Bruno Dumont (born in France) is a French film Director. To date, he has directed several feature films, all of which border somewhere between realistic drama and the avant-garde. His first feature film La vie de Jésus was selected at Directors’ Fortnight. His films have won several awards at the Cannes films Festival. Two of Dumont’s films have won the Grand Prix award: both L’Humanite and Flandres (2006). The only other director who has twice won the Cannes Grand Prix is Andrei Tarkovsky. Dumont’s Hadewijch won the 2009 Prize of the International Critics (FIPRESCI Prize) for Special Presentation at the Toronto Film Festival, and will be distributed in France in 2009, and by IFC in the U.S. in 2010.

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Title in Original Version : Jeannette the Childhood of Joan of Arc

Press release

Bruno Dumont en état de grâce / Le Monde

a blasphemous assault on French history, religion, and the musical genre / Variety

le geste le plus fou de ce festival / Les Inrocks

a strange and forthright cinematic object with considerable rough-hewn charm / Screendaily

“Jeanette: The Childhood of Joan of Arc” explores the formative years of the 15th century French martyr through the most unlikely medium imaginable: heavy metal music. / IndieWire

a series of musical sequences, each one a bit more insane than the last / The Hollywood Reporter

un cinéma audacieux, très stimulant / Télérama

Un trabajo libre y creativo, que devuelve de manera maravillosa a un Dumont iconoclasta y renovado / Desiste film

The universality of French director Bruno Dumont’s spiritualism makes the film compelling / slant magazine

Jeanne D’Arc, au nom du rock, de Péguy et de Cannes / Le Point

Quand Jeanne d’Arc se posait des questions / L’Humanité

Un des événements à ne pas rater à la Quinzaine / Mouvement

Bruno Dumont / Arte

Une version déjantée de la jeunesse de Jeanne d’Arc / La Croix

Le roi du film inattendu / AlloCine

una visione del mondo e una concezione estetica unica nel suo genere / schermaglie