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FILMS

Far from You I Grew

Departe de voi am crescut

74 films in 13 categories
Marie Dumora
France
102'


2020
Photo Film

V.O.

French

subtitles

English, Romanian


Original Title

Loin de vous j’ai grandi

CATEGORY

ALL TOGETHER

synopsis

How to avoid miserabilism when you’re filming destinies apparently preconditioned by a limited and inflexible social and economic context? One potential answer could be: by filming them for a long enough period of time and from a short enough distance that the contours, the generalities, and the thick strokes fade away and only the core remains. This core isn’t made up of the wishes, the fantasies, and the representations of self and of the world of only one person, but those of the generations which preceded them as well. Marie Dumora spent over twenty years with and dedicated five films to a Yenish family from Eastern France, first following Sabrina, a young girl who grew up under the eye of the director’s camera, between her family and foster care, before giving birth to a boy herself – Nicolas, whom she also gave up to foster care. The latter is the protagonist of “Far from You I Grew” - a teenager carrying a heavy sociological legacy, which he doesn’t know whether he should reject or embrace. The film’s "direct cinema" style, which bears witness to Dumora’s long experience and her familiarity with the characters she observes, is sometimes contradicted by more apparent auctorial marks, which remind us that we’re not simply watching some people struggling to broaden their horizons, but instead we’re watching a human being watching them – hence a certain form of tenderness, and of delicately entering the intimate space of persons who refuse to be reduced to clichés about social determinism, delinquency, or motherhood. (by Liri Alienor Chapelan)

awards and festivals

Munich International Documentary Festival 2021
Solothurn Film Festival 2021
Acid Cannes 2020 – World Premiere
International Documentary Filmfestival Amsterdam 2020
Olympia International Film Festival for Children and Young People 2020

distributor

Taskovski Films

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