program

FILMS

The Last Hillbilly

Ultimul Hillbilly

74 films in 13 categories
Diane Sara Bouzgarrou, Thomas Jenkoe
France, Qatar
80'


2020
Photo Film

V.O.

English

subtitles

Romanian


Original Title

The Last Hillbilly

CATEGORY

WHEN THE TANKS CRY FOR US

program

• 19 June, 20:00, CINEMA ELVIRE POPESCO INSTITUTUL FRANCEZ

The film will be screened in the presence of: Diane Sara Bouzgarrou


Diane Sara Bouzgarrou

Diane Sara Bouzgarrou and Thomas Jenkoe live and work together in Lille.

Both raw and sensitive, Diane Sara Bouzgarrou’s films are inhabited by characters haunted by their loneliness and exiled within themselves.Her previous film, ”I remember nothing,” was acclaimed in festivals, in France and abroad (Cinéma du Réel, Torino Film Festival, RIDM).


synopsis

Once Trump got elected as the president of the United States, the term `hillbilly` gained significant visibility: used to describe a certain category of rural population, economically deficient, uneducated, conservative, and intolerant, which supposedly formed the largest part of Trump’s electorate, the notion actually worked as a cover for a much more complex and uncomfortable reality. It is in this reality that Diane Sara Bouzgarrou and Thomas Jenkoe’s documentary immerses us, adjusting itself with remarkable ingenuity to the mentality and the sensibility of these American Dream agonizers, a strategy which pre-empts a condescending or ironical gaze. The guiding voice of the film is that of Brian Ritchie, a middle-aged man from Kentucky who looks with lucidity and brash lyricism both at the past, at his parents’ generation - the pioneers of industrial coal mining, who left the landscape disfigured and the soil barren -, as well as forward, at this children, who are suffocating in spite of the immensity of the places where they live, and dream of another way of life. Torn between fervor and self-criticism, Richie declares himself the last hillbilly, but the living tissue of the film contradicts him: as long as these vast fields, these rocks, these forests will continue to exist, so will the people whose dignity will dwell within their bounds. (Liri Alienor Chapelan)



awards and festivals

Hong Kong International Film Festival 2021

ACID CANNES 2020 – World premiere
IDFA 2020 – First Appearance Special Mention – International Premiere
Torino Film Festival 2020 - Prize of the City of Torino
FIFIB 2020 France – Grand Prize
Corsicadoc 2020 – Young Jury Award
Deauville American Film Festival 2020
Festival Entrevues Belfort 2020
Les Rencontres Cinématographiques de Cerbère Portbou 2020
DOK.fest München 2021
Thessaloniki Film Festival 2021

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