Films 2023

Le Paradis

83 min.
Year of Production:
Belgium, France
Khalil Ben Gharbia
Julien de Saint Jean
Eye Haïdara
Jonathan Couzinié
Samuel Di Napoli
Matéo Bastien
Nlandu Lubansu
Amine Hamidou
Terry Ngoga
Production Company:
Silex Films, Tarantula WS: Indie S
Berlinale Section:
Berlinale Category:
Feature Film

“In the middle of the lake we’d sometimes see fish trapped in the ice lined up beside one another. I thought they spent the winter there, then woke up in the spring. I thought they came back to life and breathed again, like before.” In a youth correctional facility, Joe is preparing for his return to society, uncertain as to what life will look like on the other side of the barbed-wire fence. But when new arrival William moves into the cell next door, Joe’s desire for freedom quickly gives way to a desire of another kind. Through camera obscura photography, ink drawing, dance and rap, Joe and William embark on a twin journey of emotional and expressive emancipation, revolving around each other with increasing yearning and despair. This debut feature charts the twists and turns of a passion between two young men who thought their lives had been put on hold and offers an uncompromising vision of love: behind these walls, passion comes first, and liberty only a distant second.

FILMOGRAFIE Zeno Graton (selection)

2023 Le Paradis 

Interview with Zeno Graton, director "THE LOST BOYS" ("LE PARADIS")

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