Press 22 FEB 2020

Jumbo awarded in Berlin

Jumbo, debut feature by Belgian director Zoé Wittock won Saturday February 29th the Guild Film Prize at Berlinale Generation 14Plus.

Jumbo

After premiering in Sundance, Jumbo, debut by Zoé Wittock was screened for its European premiere in Generation, Berlinale sidebar. This award was given for the first time by a jury of 3 young cinema operators aiming to promote quality films for young audience.
 
While receiving this award, director reminded how difficult it is to set up such a project and the importance to be awarded by cinema operators.
 
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.
 
Jumbo is co-produced by Kwassa Films (Belgium), Insolence (France) and Les Films Fauves (Luxembourg), with support from the Wallonia-Brussels Federation’s Centre du Cinéma et de l’Audiovisuel, Wallimage, Proximus, Eurimage, the French National Centre for Cinematography, Film Fund Luxembourg, Rezo Films and What The Films.
 
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.
 
Generation is an important section of the Berlinale. Targeting young audience, it is made of two competitions : Kplus for kids and 14plus for teenagers.