Petit Samedi

Damien Samedi is a hard-working man, a loving son and a caring boyfriend. He’s also been struggling with a drug addiction most of his adult life, counting on his mother’s matter-of-fact, yet unwavering support. Mixing unexpected moments of humour, insight and compassion, their tender mother-son relationship is at the heart of his challenging journey.

At once an intimate character study and a much-needed humane counter to the shockingly one-sided, fear-mongering depictions of addiction prevalent in today’s media, “Petit Samedi” is the universally relatable, life-affirming portrait of a man facing his demons.

2020 – Belgium – French – Documentary

Directed by: Paloma Sermon-Daï
Written by: Paloma Sermon-Daï
Cinematography: Frédéric Noirhomme
Edited by: Lenka Fillnerova
Cast: Damien Samedi, Ysma Sermon-Daï
Producer: Sébastien Andres, Alice Lemaire

Produced by: Michigan Films
Co-produced by: RTBF, Take Five

  • Berlin IFF, Forum (World Premiere)
  • Athens IFF | Best Documentary Award
  • Namur IFF | Bayard d’Or for Best Film, Agnès Prize
  • Docaviv IDFF
  • IDFA, Best of Fest
  • Angers Premiers Plans | Prix Diagonales
  • Docudays UA | Student Jury Prize
  • Quebec City FF
  • Au Contraire FF
  • St. John’s International Women’s FF
  • Message to Man FF, Competition
  • ZINEBI, Competition
  • L’Alternativa, Competition
  • Filmmaker Festival
  • Panorama of European Film

“Paloma Sermon-Daï delivers a sensitive film on drug addiction, on filial and maternal love, and on second, third or even fourth chances.” Cineuropa

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