Juan

France // 2020 // Documentary // 71min

Jean was adopted in Paraguay in 1987 when he was a few months old. He’s been living in the North of France since then.  He’s been thinking since his adolescence to go back to his native country in order to look for his biological mother. Louise, his cousin, offers to go with him. After numerous doubts due to his fear that his mother might refuse to see him, Jean finally decides to go and look for her. Thirty years after his arrival in France, Jean and Louise fly to Asunción.

Screenings

2021 : Jaipur International Film Festival, India Best director for first documentary / Dhaka international film festival, Bangladesh / RapidLion, the South African International Film Festival, Johannesburg / Cine Las Americas festival / Queens World Film Festival /Chelsea Film Festival / Seattle Latino Film Festival Angaelica, USA / Festival internacional de Cine de Guayaquil, Ecuador / Festival Internacional de Cine de los Derechos Humanos, Sucre, Bolivia /Alexandria Mediterranean Countries Film Festival, Egypt / Festival International de Cinéma de Kinshasa, Congo / Festival Internacional de Cine de Pasto, Colombia. Mention of the jury / Bogocine, Bogota, Colombia / Festival Internacional de Cine de Derechos Humanos, Venezuela / Festival de Derechos Humanos de Barcelona, Spain / Festival Mundial de Cine de Veracruz, Mexico / Festival International du Cinéma Numérique de Cotonou, Bénin / FIDBA, Argentine

2022 : Alliance française of Quetzaltenango, Guatemala / Alliance française of Antigua, Guatemala / Alliance française San José, Costa Rica / Las Cruces International Film Festival, USA Official competition / Cinéma de Montreuil sur mer, France / Peloponnisos International Documentary Festival, Greece Official competition / Festival du Film d’Action Sociale, Nancy Official competition / Online screenings organized by RAIF, CAW & ICAV / Maison de l’Amérique Latine, Paris / Cinéma Arc en Ciel, Hazebrouck, France / Cinéma Cinélux, Genève, Suisse / Cinéma Le Club, Grenoble, France / Cinéma Les Templiers, Montélimar, France / Alliance française, Asunción, Paraguay

Direction: Louise Heem, assisted by Salomé Bazin

Production, Distribution: J’aime ce garçon

Images France: Sabrina Nehmar, drone: Pierre Caron, airport: M.R., Louise Heem, plane: Louise Heem, Paraguay: Pascual Glauser

Recording France: Pierre Caron, Paraguay: Sakyo Hiraiwa

Editing: José Salazar

With: Jean, Sophie, Bertrand, Herwin Locqueville, Louise Heem, Salomé Bazin, Adriana Bazán Portillo, Rita Hevia, Amado de Jesús Bazán, Karina Bazán, Rodrigo E.Britez Bazán, Marco Antonio Bazán, Alejandro Basaldua, Osvaldo Ortiz Faiman, Jazmin Bogarin, Mirtha Elizabeth Olmedo, Carmen Portillo, Nancy Elodia Benitez Silvero, Gladis Norma Villalba, Gladis Ramona Leiva, Angel Portillo, Viviana Martínez Portill, Nancy Portillo, María José Martínez Portillo, Nestor Ricardo Bartomeu Silva, Nestor Ricardo Bartomeu Figueredo, Perla Fatima Silvero, Egidio Espinola Cristaldo, Cesar David Torres Marmari, Silvino Portillo

Composer: Lionel Fabert, the Stormz

Voiceover recording: Benjamin Thévon, Nassim El Mounabbih

Sound editing and mixing: Nasshim El Mounabbih

Calibration: Nathan Ghali

Photography: Patrick Heem

Animations: Debora Ramos

Interviews transcription: Carlos Irbaguren, Salomé Bazin, Sun-Chia Yen, Sophie Bonacina, Hadrien Segond    

Olga Likhobabina, Mélissa Da Cruz Almeida, Marie Youssef, Hayat Aljowaily, Pierlou Boudet, Gonzalo Andres Moreno Botero, Carolina Honrubia Genilloud, María Alenjandra Zuniga, Joaquín Urquel, Pauline Vasset, Louis Juguet, Loyse Coeytaux                                                         

Law advisor: Raphaël Vizant

Poster: Raphaël Auger – Le Poisson Vert

Trailer editing: Noémie Mallard

Proofreading subtitles: Thea Hemery        

Corrección subtítulos: Joan Rojas

Thanks to: All the team Elodie Masson, Franck Giraud, Alain Josset, Stéphane Petitprez, Godeleine Heem, Clémence Heem, Olivia Bousquet, Héloïse Bousquet, Jean-Philippe Coache, Anouar Ben Brahim, Marine Aubry, Paúlo Aubry Ben Brahim, Clémentine Mortreux, Isabelle Mortreux, François Mortreux, Jordan Pesquet, Antoine Dufour, Louis Bouvier, Pauline Dubois, Geoffrey Lewandowski, Elodie Secq, Manon Secq, Marc Bernière, Christophe Lemaire, Laurence Devos, Jessica Julien, Pierre De Lapanouse, Thomas Kellner, Mathieu Huot, Uli Ulises, Liza Finelli, Armelle Vanderhaghen, Camélia Moraru, Jeanne Chaix, Christian Matignon, Martine Matignon, Hafssa Eddafali, Haytham Chamass, Ant Rugeon, Pierre Heem, Audrey Levray, Emmanuelle Olivier, Marion Lubat, Hugo Malpeyre, Nelly Patouma, Jonathan Wiltord, Simon Jean Heem, Suzanne Van Boxsom, Mohamed Baqlil, Pauline Roth, Fabienne Gernez, Pierre-Louis Chopin, Salim Abu Jabal, Pictanovo

Gracias a: Todo el equipo, Rosa Maria Ortiz, Puatarara, Maria Teresa Boneto Mawel, Carlos F. Vene Urdapillete, Miguel Alejandro Rodriguez i, Alcala Trapan, Enfoque Niñez, Norma Gonzalez, María Isabel Montalbetti, Alejandra Rodriguez, Victor Estigarrilora M, Cécile Jeannin

This film is dedicated to Maxence and Elodie

Juan is supported by: