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2013 Cannes Film Festival Predictions: Riad Sattouf’s Jacky In Women’s Kingdom

#35. Riad Sattouf’s Jacky In Women’s Kingdom

Gist: Similar in theme as something akin to Egalia’s Daughters by Gerd Brantenberg, Sattouf’s film is set in the gender role reversed world known as the Popular Democratic Republic of Bubunne, where women have power and fight wars and men wear veils and look after the home. Jacky (Vincent Lacoste) has one desire, and that’s to marry the Colonel (Charlotte Gainsbourg), daughter to the land’s female dictator (Anemone). However, things may not quite go as he wishes when the General throws a ball to find the Colonel a husband.

Prediction: Sattouf’s first film, 2009’s The French Kissers, was selected to play Directors’ Fortnight and went on to win a Cesar for Best First Film. Sporting a cast that includes Charlotte Gainsbourg, director Michel Hazanavicius, Vincent Lacoste, and Noemie Lvovsky, we’re predicting this will land as a selection in Un Certain Regard.





Los Angeles based Nicholas Bell is's Chief Film Critic and covers film festivals such as Sundance, Berlin, Cannes and TIFF. He is part of the critic groups on Rotten Tomatoes, The Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA), FIPRESCI, the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS) and GALECA. His top 3 for 2023: The Beast (Bonello) Poor Things (Lanthimos), Master Gardener (Schrader). He was a jury member at the 2019 Cleveland International Film Festival.

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