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Jungle

A film by Louise Mootz

Synopsis

A group of very vocal women with diverse backgrounds dance, laugh, fuck and dither their way through life in a Parisian suburb. The energy crackles from the screen in this intimate and cliché-crushing portrait of true Parisiennes.
This portrait of several young women living in northeast Paris vigorously pushes aside the clichéd image of the ever- elegant Parisienne. These women are free, loud, and diverse, and their conversations shift effortlessly from sex and STIs to social philosophy.
Dünya, Lila, Héloise, Bonnie and Solveig bristle with confidence and bluster, on the cusp of a new phase in life: “Do I want to go to university or follow my dream in music?” “Shall I stay with my boyfriend?” “Am I at last going to be able to live on my own?”
Director Louise Mootz and her protagonists all grew up in the same arrondissement and were 20 when filming started. Mootz stuck closely to this group of girlfriends over a three- year period. Much like her young heroines, she is unfazed by any subject, so emotional outbursts, sexual encounters, and despair are all part of the picture. The film includes numerous night scenes that immerse the viewer in a Paris we rarely see, a concrete jungle that screams “liberté, égalité, sororité” from the rooftops. Mootz’s debut film won the award for Best Mid-Length Documentary at Visions du Réel Festival.

Awards

Silver Sesterce - Grand Prix for best medium-length film, international competition at Visions du Réel Festival 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

Casting

DÜNYA
LILA
HÉLOÏSE
BONNIE
SOLVEIG

Festival selections

Visions du Réel, Nyon (Switzerland) - International Medium length & Short Film competition

Press review

“[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)

EXTRACTS (in French)