63rd TIFF: Greek Premiere

Openly confronting the Christian iconographic tradition of a “White Savior,” a radical iconoclast presents a mystic and sensorial cinematic experience, following a black Mary Magdalene on a meditative journey after the death of Jesus. Withdrawn from the world, a white-haired devastated figure turns inwards and then deep into the forest, eating berries, drinking water from the rain, and sleeping among the trees. Building on the tradition (and sensibility) of slow cinema, this quasi-metaphysical meditation renders Mary’s agonized final days on earth with eerie physicality and tenebrous eroticism.

Screening Schedule

No physical screenings scheduled.

Direction: Damien Manivel
Script: Damien Manivel, Julien Dieudonné
Cinematography: Mathieu Gaudet
Editing: Damien Manivel
Sound: Jérôme Petit, Agathe Poche, Simon Apostolou
Actors: Elsa Wolliaston, Aimie Lombard, Olga Mouak, Saphir Shraga
Production: MLD Films
Producers: Martin Bertier, Damien Manivel
Costumes: Elise Cribier-Delande
Production Design: Thomas Stuck
Format: DCP
Color: Color
Production Country: France
Production Year: 2022
Duration: 78΄
Contact: Best Friend Forever

Damien Manivel

After being a dancer, Damien Manivel directed several acclaimed short films including The Lady with a Dog, which won the acclaimed French Jean Vigo Award. Since 2014, he has written and directed five feature films presented in major festivals (Cannes, Locarno, Venice, San Sebastian...), including Isadora’s Children, awarded Leopard for Best Director at Locarno IFF. His latest film, Magdala, has its world premiere in Cannes ACID 2022


2007 Viril (short)
2010 The Lady With a Dog (short)
2012 A Sunday Morning (short)
2014 A Young Poet
2017 The Night I Swam
2022 Magdala