Damien Manivel

Radar France 73 min Catalan premiere Fiction


Rosa and her friends have decided to spend the night on “the island”, a stretch of beach that has become their realm. It’s the last night of the summer, they’re turning eighteen, experiencing everything, and saying their goodbyes. 

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Damien Manivel

Contemporary dancer and circus artist, Manivel has combined his work as a performer with film direction. After two short films that won awards in Rotterdam and Cannes, his first feature film “A Young Poet” (2014) won a special mention at the Locarno Festival, where he later also won the award for Best Direction with “Isadora’s Children” (2019). He participated in the 2017 edition of D’A with “Le Parc”. “The Island” is his sixth feature film.

Filmography: The Island (2023, D'A 2024), Magdala (2022), Isadora's Children (2019), The Night I Swam (2017), Le Parc (2016, D'A 2017), A Young Poet (2014), Un dimanche matin (short film, 2012), La Dame au chien (short film, 2010), Sois sage ô ma douleur (short film, 2008), Viril (short film, 2007)

Damien Manivel

Film information

Int. title: The Island
Director: Damien Manivel
Script: Damien Manivel
Contact: The Open Reel
With: Damoh Ikheteah, Olga Milshtein, Ninon Botz, Youn Berder, Jules Danger
Country: France
Year: 2023
Format: DCP
Length: 73 min
Language: French
Subtitles: English, Catalan


Cine + Distribution Award
Special Mention of the French Film Competition
Special Mention of the European Highschool Prize Vacances Bleues Foundation