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Special Jury Award: Originality and Innovation Thessaloniki Film Fest
½ "Filmmakers Laura Amelia Guzmán and Israel Cárdenas have crafted a beautiful tale of alienation, solitude, and existential anxiety" -Slant Magazine
"Contemplative, gorgeously shot" -Village Voice
"Jean Gentil shares a certain searching quality that marked the best of Bresson's filmsand for once, the inevitable analogy with his work seems appropriate" -TimeOut NY
"[The film] takes the viewer on quite a journey, covering lots of different terrain, both literal and thematic" -Chicago Reader
Jean Gentil is the poignant tale of an educated and devout Haitian accountant whose search for work and stability leads him further adrift and into the lonely jungle interior. Based on the real story of Jean Remy Genty, Jean Gentil balances a restrained documentary realism which is beautifully photographed and vividly captures the day to day lives of Haitian immigrants in the Dominican Republic.
Filmed in Haiti, just before the disastrous 2010 earthquake, Jean Gentil is a lyrical portrait of human frailty and strength that presents its titular hero as a quiet emblem for a nation's struggle, as he finds himself pushed further into loneliness and desperation. this film is directed by the talented Mexican-Dominican husband-wife team of Israel Cárdenas and Laura Amelia Guzmán (Cochochi, Ocaso) who share direction, screenwriting and production credits.
Directed by Israel Cárdenas and Laura Amelia Guzmán, Dominican Republic/Mexico/Germany 2010, 35mm, 84 mins. In Spanish and Haitian Creole with English subtitles.