Gustave de Kervern, Benoît Delépine, France, 2010.
Directed by: Gustave de Kervern, Benoît Delépine
Script: Gustave de Kervern, Benoît Delépine
Producer: Jean-Pierre Guerin, Véronique Marchat, Christophe Valette
Production company: GMT Productions, DD Productions, Monkey Pack Films, Arte France Cinéma, No Money Productions
Cinematography: Hugues Poulain
Editing: Stéphane Elmadjian
Music: Gaëtan Roussel
Cast: Gérard Depardieu, Isabelle Adjani, Yolande Moreau, Benoît Poelvoorde, Philippe Nahon, Bouli Lanners, Serge Larivière, Dick Annegarn
Running time: 90'
A slaughterhouse worker, heavy and reticent, has just turned sixty and his colleagues have organised a farewell party to celebrate his retirement. The man began his working life at the age of sixteen; he has never lost a job, or been off sick. But then he discovers in an interview at the works’ pension fund that, during the course of his chaotic working life, no fewer than six of his employers have ‘forgotten’ to register his earnings. If he is to receive his pension he will have to furnish the necessary proof of employment. Egged on by his wife, the protagonist climbs onto his old seventies ‘Mammoth’ motorbike that has earned him his nickname, and returns to the places of his youth. His journey puts him in touch with former workmates, old friends and long-lost relatives. Gradually, he begins to realise that, back then, everyone used to think of him as an idiot. He is saved from the doldrums however by his young niece who introduces him to naïve art – and her unconventional girlfriends. This encounter awakens the enthusiastic poet that had clearly slumbered within him all along.
Berlin International Film Festival - Official selection
Gustave de Kervern, born 1962, is a French film actor, director and screenwriter. Benoît Delépine, born 1958 is a French comedian and film director. They usualy working together. In 2004 they wrote, directed, and starred in 'Aaltra', they have directed and starred in 'Avida', which was screened out of competition at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival. The duos film 'Louise-Michel' won a Special Jury Prize at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. Their latest film 'Mammuth' starred Gérard Depardieu and Isabelle Adjani. It was nominated for the Golden Bear award at the 60th Berlin International Film Festival.
Location and screening schedule:
Tuškanac cinema, Thursday, October 21st at 21.00
Museum of Contemporary Art, Friday, October 22nd at 20.30
Europa cinema, Sunday, October 24th at 19.00