CAFILM STREAMING ROOM Fri, Oct 9 - Sun, Oct 18
Film Info
Section:World Cinema
Mind the Gap
Running Time:94 min.
Director:Zoé Wittock
Producer:Anaïs Bertrand
Screenwriter:Zoé Wittock
Cinematographer:Thomas Buelens
Cast:Noémie Merlant
Emmanuelle Bercot
Bastien Bouillon
Sam Louwyck
Print Source:Dark Star Pictures
Note Writer:Joe Bowman


Screening note: This digital screening is available to view between 12:01am PT on Friday, October 9, and 11:59pm PT on Sunday, October 18, and is available to ticket buyers and passholders within the state of California.


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One of the most talked-about films at both Sundance and the Berlinale this year, Jumbo is a neon-lit fable of an unlikely romance that unfolds in the after hours of an amusement park. Following her breakout role in Portrait of a Lady on Fire (MVFF42), Noémie Merlant delivers a fearless yet delicate performance as Jeanne, an introverted young woman whose boisterous mother (a winning Emmanuelle Bercot) hopes she’ll meet some eligible men at her new job working the graveyard shift as a cleaner at a Belgian theme park. At night, Jeanne finds herself inexplicably seduced by the park’s latest attraction, a Tilt-a-Whirl that Jeanne affectionately calls Jumbo, and romantic feelings start to arise within her. Best of all, these feelings are not unrequited. With astonishing production design and visual effects, first-time director Zoé Wittock injects the film with buoyant humor and surrealist touches. Giving a whole new twist to the term “love object,” Jumbo is an exuberant tale of first love, and it’s an amazing ride all the way. TV5Monde | CFI French Cinema Sponsor

Additional Information

Originally hailing from Belgium, Zoé grew up travelling the world. From Africa to Australia, she exposed herself to a variety of cultures, always feeding her with more stories to tell... At 17, Zoé flew out to France, where she slowly began grasping what filmmaking was about before turning to the directing program at the American Film Institute. More recently, she wrote and directed her first feature Jumbo which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2020.