Being 17


Directed by André TÉCHINÉ (French Riviera, Thieves, Wild Reeds, Strayed)


BERLIN 2016 – Competition




Damien is the pampered teenage son of a soldier and a doctor. He lives with his mother in Army barracks in the south of France while his father is on a military mission in the Central African Republic.

Damien shows a new, defi ant side of himself in high school in order to stave off the bullies who taunt him over his effeminate ways: a friend of his father’s is teaching him to wrestle.

When he meets Tom, the adopted son of local farmers, the hatred between the two boys is immediate and visceral. But when Tom’s mother is forced to go to the hospital, Damien’s mother quite naturally offers to take Tom into their home for a short while. The tension between the two boys becomes more and more palpable…


2016 /// France /// French /// Drama /// 116′


CAST  Sandrine KIBERLAIN (9 months stretch, Little Nicholas), Kacey MOTTET KLEIN (Gainsbourg-a heroic life, Sister), Corentin FILA

SCREENPLAY  André TÉCHINÉ, Céline Sciamma (Water lilies, Tomboy, Girlhood)

D.O.P.  Julien HIRSCH (3 hearts, Bird people, French Riviera)

PRODUCERS  Marc MISSONNIER, Olivier DELBOSC – Fidélité Films (Little Nicholas, French Riviera, Asterix and Obelix, French women, On my way)

Co-PRODUCERS  Wild Bunch, France 2 Cinema

FRENCH DISTRIBUTOR  Wild Bunch Distribution – Release on March 30th 2016