JUNGLE is a brassy and intimate portrayal of a group of 23 year old friends living in the North-East Paris neighborhoods. Contemporary women, free, fluid, mixed, urban, who speak frankly about sexuality and love. A group far from the stereotyped Parisian women, who argue, say what they think loudly, live on their wits, question their identities. A snapshot of an inspiring youth.
Silver Sesterce - Grand Prix for best medium-length film, international competition at Festival Visions du Réel 2020
Awards ceremony speech from the Jury (Manuel Abramovich, Pedro Fernandes Duarte et Simone Späni) :
"This film follows a group of women, friends and artists through their everyday joys and struggles with an impressive intimacy. A group who lives by their own norms and represents their own image of gender and culture by denying the usual societal gaze. Female and body empowerment, queer and cross-cultural. A film that challenges the system. Shot with a freedom, and energy, and an unexpectedness that defies the norms of filmmaking. A Paris which we've never seen represented on screen like this and which we'd like to see more of. A truly queer and feminist film with an unusual urgency."
Technical film summary
Directed by : Louise Mootz
Edited by : Louise Mootz, Cécile Husson
Production : SILEX FILMS - Priscilla Bertin, Judith Nora // FRENZY PARIS - Cédric Barus, Elsa Rakotoson
Genre : Documentary
Length : 51 min
Visions du Réel, Nyon (Switzerland) - International Medium length & Short Film competition
“[Jungle] déborde d’une énergie complice, propre à sa génération.” Marine Guillain, 20MIN.CH
“France’s Louise Mootz accepted her prize online with a winning insouciance. Her medium-feature, “Jungle,” from France’s Silex, a company forging strong production lines in teen/YA (“Stalk”) and female-centric content (the project “Witch!”), looks pretty confident as well, lifting the lid on her gaggle of brash, sexually assertive BFFs” John Hopewell, Jamie Lang, VARIETY
TRAILER (French w/ English subtitles)
AWARDS CEREMONY SPEECHES FROM THE JURY AND DIRECTOR LOUISE MOOTZ AT VISIONS DU REEL FESTIVAL 2020 (in French)