AQCC Critics Award - First Feature
Berlinale Forum - 2020
Damien Samedi is a hard-working man, a loving son and a caring boyfriend. He’s also been struggling with a drug addiction most of his adult life, counting on his mother’s matter-of-fact, yet unwavering support. Mixing unexpected moments of humour, insight and compassion, their tender mother-son relationship is at the heart of his challenging journey.
At once an intimate character study and a much-needed humane counter to the shockingly one-sided, fear-mongering depictions of addiction prevalent in today’s media, “Petit Samedi” is the universally relatable, life-affirming portrait of a man facing his demons.
Direction & Screenplay
Born in Namur (Belgium) in 1993. After studying Artistic Humanities at the conservatoire de Huy, in September 2016 she began a bachelor’s degree in cinematographic technique at the Haute Ecole Libre de Bruxelles. There she directed 3 short films. Her graduation film, Makenzy 2016, was notably programmed at Visions du Réel. Today she is presenting her first feature film at Berlinale Forum, Petit Samedi.
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