A Young Poet


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A Young Poet.

Barely out of his teens, Rémi dreams of becoming a poet and thrilling the world with his powerful and unforgettable verse. Seeking inspiration in the oppressively hot city of Sète, pen and notebook in hand, Rémi is determined to write his poem… But where to begin? By spending hours contemplating the sea? Climbing a mountain? Listening to the birds singing? Going to the library? Finding his muse? In bars? In the cemetery? Underwater? And if none of that works, then by drinking, drinking and drinking some more until that spark of inspiration strikes.


Damien Manivel (1981, France) has worked as a dancer and contemporary circus artist. In parallel to his job, as a performer, he has been making short films. His short The Lady with the Dog (2010) has been selected for the 2011 Tiger Awards competition in Rotterdam and won the Jean Vigo Prize the same year. His latest short, A Sunday Morning, was selected at the 2012 edition of La Semaine de la Critique in Cannes and won the Nikon Discovery Award.


  • Title
    A Young Poet
  • Rights
    Festivals, Sales
  • Country
  • Year
  • Length
    71′, col.

  • Director 
    Damien Manivel
  • Screenplay
    Damien Manivel
  • Editing
    Suzana Pedro
  • Photography
    Julien Guillery, Isabel Pagliai

  • Sound
    Simon Apostolou, Nicolas Pansieri, Jérôme Petit

  • Cast
    Rémi Taffanel, Enzo Vassallo, Léonore Fernandes
  • Producers
    Damien Manivel
  • Production
    MLD Films

  • Locarno 2014 – Filmmakers of the Present
  • Katowice 2014 – Ars Independent Festival
  • 34th Amiens International Film Festival
  • Vendome International Film Festival 2014
  • 32nd Paris International Environmental Film Festival
  • Angers Premiers Plans Film Festival 2015
  • Pesaro Film Festival 2015
  • FNC – Montréal 2015
  • Rotterdam IFFR 2015 – Bright Future
  • Berlin Critic’s Week 2015
  • Montevideo Uruguay Intertnational Film Festival 2015
  • Murcia International Film Festival 2015
  • Spirit of Fire 2015
  • Viennale 2015
  • 7th FICS Santander
  • Film Festival Vicoli Corti 2015
  • Pesaro Film Festival in Milan 2015
  • Cinema City Int’l Film Festival Novi Sad 2015
  • 1st Pontevedra Festival Novos Cinemas
  • 10th BOZAR Cinema Days
  • 5th FICIC – Cosquin Independent International Film Festival
  • Hiroshima International Film Festival 2016
  • Nagoya Cinematheque 2016
  • Cinema Tocoro, Fukuoka 2016
  • The National Museum of Art Okutama 2016
  • Mito (Japan) Cinema Voice 2016
  • Gateway Film Center Columbus 2017
  • Harvard Film Archive 2017
  • Gene Siskel Film Center Chicago 2017
  • Rencontres Court c’est Court Cabrières-d’Avignon 2017


  • Locarno 2014 – Filmmakers of the Present – Special Mention
  • Katowice 2014 – Ars Independent Festival – Student Jury Award
  • Pesaro Film Festival 2015 – Best Feature Film
  • Murcia International Film Festival 2015 – Audience Award
  • Spirit of Fire 2015 – Second Prize
  • Film Festival Vicoli Corti 2015 – Special Mention for the Best Photography

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