Le Paradis

“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.


  • Runtime

    85 min
  • Country

    Belgium, France
  • Year of Presentation

  • Year of Production

  • Director

    Zeno Graton
  • Cast

    Khalil 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