Fast Forward 2017 / Projections:
11. 12. 2017 / 19:15h / KIC – Dodest Scene / Podgorica

StarateljstvoXavier Legrand, France, 2017, 93′

Director:  Xavier Legrand
Screenplay: Xavier Legrand
Director of photography: Nathalie Durand
Editor: Yorgos Lamprinos
Sound: Julien Sicart, Vincent Verdoux, Julien Roig
Production design: Jérémie Sfez
Producer: Alexandre Gavras
Production Company: KG Productions
Cast:  Denis Ménochet, Léa Drucker, Thomas Gioria, Mathilde Auneveux


Suspenseful drama about custody battle awarded with the Silver Lion for Best Direction in Venice. Miriam and Antoine Besson are freshly divorced. Miriam seeks sole custody over their son Julien to protect him from his allegedly violent father. Yet the image Antoine projects in court is of a calm, changed man, and he gets shared custody. The traumatized Julien becomes a hostage in the battle between his mother trying to escape her ex-husband and his father manipulating him to sneak back into his ex-wife’s life. Miriam’s fear grows.

About the author

Xavier Legrand was born in France in 1979. Actor, writer and director, he studied at the National Conservatory of Paris. He directed Just Before Losing Everything (2013), nominated for the Academy Award for best short movie. Custody is his first feature film.

Festivals and awards

Venice Film Festival (Italy) – Silver Lion & Luigi De Laurentiis Award
CPH PIX (Denmark)
Haifa International Film Festival (Israel)
Philadelphia Film Festival (USA)
San Sebastián International Film Festival 2017 (Spain) – Audience Award & TVE Otra Mirada Award
Toronto International Film Festival (Canada)
Zagreb Film Festival (Croatia)
Zurich Film Festival 2017 (Switzerland) – Special Mention Award