Jean Gentil

The Haitian professor Jean Remy Genty is always on the move, looking for work. A graceful figure, he stands out in the crowd: a model Christian. Although a job on a building site is a possible option for the unemployed Haitian, Jean does not feel up to it, feeling old and weak. He is looking for something more suited to the intellectual he considers himself to be. And so he spends years looking for employment worthy of himself and his education. Jean starts to give up hope. His desires and thoughts become confused. Bad feelings start to grow, distorting his perception of everyday life …

Director’s note
Everyday more Haitians arrive in the Dominican Republic to find jobs. For a man like Jean Gentil, this is no help since he’s been searching the past years for a job worthy of his studies. In his transit, we are able to recognise the changing scenery as a character and the narrative conductor of the story.

World premiere
Venice International Film Festival 2010, Orizzonti

Key festivals and awards
Thessaloniki International Film Festival 2011
Rotterdam International Film Festival 2011
Viennale 2010
Jury’s Special Mention, Venice Film Festival 2010

Dominican Republic, 2010
Director: Laura Amelia Guzmán, Israel Cárdenas
Producers: Aurora Dominicana (Dominican Republic), Canana Films (Mexico), Bärbel Mauch Films (Germany)
German WCF partner: Bärbel Mauch Film
World sales: Aurora Dominicana (Dominican Republic)

Funded in the WCF Jury meeting in June 2009
Funding amount: 40.000 €