Belgium 2020, 75 min, French, Hebrew & English subtitles

At 43 years old, Damien is still mommy’s little boy, and mommy puts her heart and soul into keeping him safe. This handsome, articulate, and talented man has spent his entire life in a tiny village in Belgium, working odd jobs, daydreaming, and struggling to recover from a twenty-year-long heroin addiction.
Damien and his mother keep trying to protect each other. Their conversations—direct and matter of fact but also intimate, loving, and humorous—revolve around the drugs and the damage they have done to Damien’s life. He visits often, she cooks, he periodically disappears and she goes looking for him in scary places. Damien is having a hard time letting go of his past and of feeling like an outsider, but his mother Ysma does not give up on him.
With the support of the Embassy of Belgium

Previous Festivals: Berlinale


  • The film will be available until September 30th

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Please note that tickets are limited

Director & Script: Paloma Sermon-daï
Production: Sébastien Andres, Alice Lemaire
Production Company: Michigan Films, Rtbf, Take Five
Editing: Lenka Fillnerova
Cinematography: Frédéric Noirhomme
Sound Design: Thomas Grimm-landsberg, Aline Gavroy

Source: Heretic Outreach

Supporters & Broadcasters: Embassy of Belgium


Born in Namur (Belgium) in 1993. After studying Artistic Humanities at the conservatoire de Huy, in September 2016 she began a bachelor’s degree in cinematographic technique at the Haute Ecole Libre de Bruxelles. There she directed 3 short films. Her graduation film, Makenzy 2016, was notably programmed at Visions du Réel. Today she is presenting her first feature film at Berlinale Forum, “Petit Samedi".

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