JUMBO New Auteurs


Following the film, AFI FEST Senior Programmer Claudia Puig leads a discussion of the film JUMBO with filmmaker Zoe Wittock and actress Noémie Merlant.

Forbidden love is not a new theme to cinema. But Jeanne’s love is like no other. When the new amusement park “attraction,” The Move It, arrives at the local carnival where she works, Jeanne’s life is forever changed. With Jumbo, her pet-name for the twirling machine, what’s not to love? He’s pretty, fun and single. But how can they be happy when the world around them doesn’t understand. Actor Noémie Merlant (PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE) plays Jeanne with sincerity and never lets you feel like she is a punchline in a cosmic joke. This implausible premise is actually inspired by a true story, and director Zoé Wittock delivers a retelling that is compassionate and heartfelt. JUMBO is a delightful confirmation that love is love. Buckle up and get ready for an enchanting ride. –Eric Moore

(Photo by Caroline Fauvet)

Originally from Belgium, AFI Alum Zoé Wittock (Directing, Class of 2010) grew up traveling and exposing herself to a variety of cultures, feeding her with stories to tell. At 17, Wittock flew to France, where she began grasping what filmmaking was about before turning to the AFI Conservatory. Her debut feature JUMBO premiered at Sundance 2020.

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Dark Star Pictures
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Country: France, Belgium, Luxembourg

Year: 2019

Director: Zoé Wittock

Screenwriter: Zoé Wittock

Producers: Anaïs Bertrand, Annabella Nezri, Gilles Chanial

Director of Photography: Thomas Buelens

Editor: Thomas Fernandez

Production Designer: William Abello

Music: Thomas Roussel

Cast/Featuring: Noémie Merlant, Emmanuelle Bercot, Sam Louwyck

Running Time (minutes): 94

Language: French