The Jump

    Le grand saut

    • Vanessa Dumont, Nicolas Davenel
    • France
    • 2019
    • 13 min
    • European Premiere
    • IDFA Competition for Short Documentary

    Teens from the neighborhood look up to him. The 22-year-old daredevil Alain Demaria has been jumping into the sea from a dangerously high rock for years. Not only does he leap the 13 meters (42 feet) down, skimming past jagged rocks, but he also does it head first. No one has ever copied him.

    In a dynamic style combining grainy photography with dazzling slow-motion shots and a creative use of sound, we hear from Demaria to gain a brief glimpse of his life. He talks about smoking joints to suppress his anger, his relationship with his mother, and the unpleasant experiences of his childhood. And of course about jumping: “You smash aside the water with your head and your fists. It’s like smashing in a window and going through it.”

    But Demaria is no longer the boy he used to be. Vanessa Dumont and Nicolas Davenel have caught him precisely at the boundary between childhood and adulthood, offering up a moving coming-of-age drama in just 12 minutes.


    • 13 min
    • color
    • DCP
    • Spoken languages: French
    • Subtitles in: English
    Vanessa Dumont, Nicolas Davenel
    Pierre Grimaux for Superstructure, Jean Dathanat for Superstructure, Manuel Catteau for ZED, Marion Papillon / ZED
    Nicolas Davenel, Vanessa Dumont
    Edouard Mailaender
    Sound Design
    Yohann Henry, Yohann Angelvy

    IDFA history

    European Premiere
    IDFA Competition for Short Documentary

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