30.09. - 09.10.2021

Swagger France 2016 | 84 min | OV with English subtitles | Colour | FF 2016

Olivier Babinet

Olivier Babinet became known for his road movie Robert Mitchum est mort which ran at Cannes in 2010 in the ACID section and was also shown in German cinemas. Besideshis work as a director, he gives workshops for school students in Aulnay-sous-Bois, where Swagger is set.

rated for 0 + years
Documentary They have "swag" – a certain casual coolness. On top of that, a positive attitude and the perfect outfit. Eleven teenagers from one of the most rundown suburbs in France, just 15km from Paris, where the "whites" live. They talk about their dreams and goals. Despite all the problems with their origins and environment, they want to get on in life. And look good. The film gives the "swaggers" an opportunity to present themselves. They're not interested in being victims and display their identities and ambitions with pride. Swagger is the opposite of a social drama, it's much more a brilliantly choreographed teenage fantasy bursting with vitality set in a post-colonialist, deeply divided country.
Original title: Swagger
Film type: Documentary Feature
Original language: French
Section: Veto!
Language and subtitles: OV with English subtitles
Director: Olivier Babinet
Screenplay: Olivier Babinet
Cast: Aïssatou Dia, Mariyama Diallo, Abou Fofana, Nazario Giordano, Astan Gonle, Salimata Gonle
Producer: Alexandre Perrier, Marine Dorfmann
Director of Photography: Timo Salminen
Music: Jean-Benoit Dunckel
Production Design:
Editor: Isabelle Devinck
Sound: 0
Costume design:
Commissioning Editor:
Format: dcp
German Distributor:
World Sales:
Production: Kidam; Faro Films
Contact: Alexandre Perrier, Kidam:


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