News 23 JAN 2020

Three Belgian Films at Berlin

Berlinale sidebar sections Forum and Generation have completed their programs. Three French-speaking Belgian films are in : Jumbo by Zoé Wittock and Pompei by Anna Falguères and John Shank at Generation ; Petit Samedi by Paloma Sermon-Daï at Forum.
See the timetable here.


Premiering at Sundance these days, Jumbo, debut feature by Belgian director Zoé Wittock, will have its European premiere at Generation Kplus. Jumbo tells the story of Jeanne, a shy young woman, who works as a night guard in an amusement park. She lives a fusional relationship with her mother, the outgoing Margarette. While no man can find his place within the duo that everything opposes, Jeanne develops a strange relationship with Jumbo, the new star attraction of the park.

The film stars young French actress Noémie Merlant (whose breakthrough role came in Portrait of a Lady on Fire by Céline Sciamma, where she appeared alongside Adèle Haenel), as well as Emmanuelle Bercot and Sam Louwyck.

The film will be released in Belgium (O’Brother Distribution) and France (Rezo Film) on March 18th, and is distributed worldwide by What The Films.


First feature film co-written and co-directed by Anna Falguères and John Shank, Pompei will be presented at Generation 14plus. Unveiled at Toronto last September, the film will have its European premiere in Berlin.

The cast includes young actors Garance Marillier, Aliocha Schneider, Vincent Rottiers, Auguste Wilhelm and Judith Williquet.

The story takes place in a deserted region where Victor and his younger brother Jimmy are left to fend for themselves. In the group they belong to, the cycle of sentimental misery seems eternal. When Victor falls in love with Billie, a young girl dreaming of romance, things slowly begin to change for Jimmy.

Pompei will be released in Belgium by Cinéart on March 4th and in Canada by Métropole Film Distribution. Jour2Fête is handling world sales and France distribution (release planned for June).

Petit Samedi

And last, Paloma Sermon-Daï will be at the Forum for the World Premiere of Petit Samedi, her debut feature documentary.

Noticed in 2016 with her graduation short Makenzy, young director Paloma Sermon-Daï comes here with a personal feature.

Damien Samedi is 43 years old. When he was a child in his Belgian village on the banks of the Meuse river, they called him the “Petit Samedi”. To his mother, Ysma, Damien is still her child, the one she never abandoned when he got caught up in drugs. A son who sought to protect his mother despite it all, a man attempting to liberate himself from his addictions and face his past to get through.