A bicycle would cost more… and would be far less fun to watch

by November 25, 2011

A scene from Djinn Carrénard's "Donoma"

Beginning a fifty-theatre run in France this week is a two-hour-and-thirteen-minute film that has attracted a great deal of critical buzz and was recently featured in the ACID lineup at Cannes. Praised for its realism and intensity, another part of its fascination is the fact that its 30-year-old director, Djinn Carrénard, made it on a budget of 150 euros.

Carrénard seems to have produced a lot of bang for these bucks. “[It is] a magnificent, intelligent and sensitive film,” says Tunisian-born actor/director Abdelatif Kechiche. “It has something very free and very controlled about it. The script is completely mad, as well as being orchestrated with great mastery. It dares to broach inner problems, which are difficult in cinema. There is great ease and subtlety in the directing. All the actors are outstanding! It’s really a film in a class of its own, which heralds a new era for French cinema. Donoma is a film made without a producer. A pure artist’s film.”

The film’s website, by the way, is remarkably engaging and involved; among other things it vigorously promotes each member of the ensemble cast through profiles, links to previous work, customized Twitter feeds, and embedded video reels presenting interviews, scenes, and director’s anecdotes. Spend five minutes in there and you’ll be rooting for the film to succeed.

Extrait DONOMA 1 : Dama et Maï sur le palier from Donoma Guerilla Filmmaking on Vimeo.