Arts Calendar

Oct 7

International Film Forum: LES GARÇONS SAUVAGES

From site: International Film Forum

Part of the Tournées Festival of French Films on campus this fall.

Monday, October 7th, 2019
7:00 – 8:50 pm / Weitz Cinema
IFF presents Les Garcons sauvages on 10/7 at 7pm in Weitz Cinema

Garçons sauvages [The Wild Boys] (Bertrand Mandico, 2017, France, 110 min.)

One of the boldest aesthetic statements in recent French cinema, Wild Boys is a gender-bending, influence-scrambling adventure tale about five teenage miscreants sent on a boat journey with a mysterious Dutch captain who has promised to bring them back to their parents as obedient boys—or not at all. What the Captain hasn’t mentioned is that his innovative therapy relies on a visit to an island where the earth opens up to envelop humans in its warm grasp, where trees reach out to kiss or kill you, and where males transform into females. Boldly going against the prevailing winds of naturalist cinema, self-described queer filmmaker Bertrand Mandico cast five of France’s most talented young actresses to play the boys and immersed them in a seamless blend of luxuriant island locations and unabashedly artificial sets, creating a manifesto for narrative and aesthetic freedom in which a slew of influences (Joseph Von Sternberg, R.L. Stevenson, Jean Genet, Raúl Ruiz, Kenneth Anger) add up to a film unlike anything we’ve seen before. Shot on gorgeous 35 mm black and white film with occasional bursts of dazzling color, Wild Boys is a potent reminder that the radical power of art begins in the formal gesture.


Sponsored by International Film Forum. Contact: Sally Pierce, x4531