// Presented as part of Filmatique's French Art House Series //
Spotlight on Li'l Quinquin
Bruno Dumont / 2014, Cannes, BFI London, Cartagena, Dublin, FNC - Festival du Nouveau Cinéma, Göteborg, Hong Kong, Istanbul, Karlovy Vary, New York Film Festival, Palm Springs, Reykjavik, San Sebastián, São Paulo, Taipei, Toronto, Transilvania, Tromsø, Vienna, Wroclaw / 206'
A bovine carcass is discovered inside a WWII bunker nestled along the windswept coast of Northern France. The droll Captain Van der Weyden and his assistant Carpentier are sent to investigate, intersecting with a gang of young pranksters at the scene of the crime. An autopsy reveals the dismembered remains of a human body stuffed inside the beast, soon identified as belonging to the wife of a local farmer. The impish Quinquin and his friends continue to make trouble as the investigation unfolds; meanwhile, a second cow surfaces on the beach.
Marbled with dark humor and traces of farce, Li'l Quinquin dissects the nefarious dimensions of human nature through its absurdist interrogations of violence, religion, race, and politics in a provincial French community. Broadcast in France as a television miniseries, French auteur Bruno Dumont's four-part film premiered at Cannes, Karlovy Vary, San Sebastián, Toronto; São Paulo, where it won an Honorable Mention; and Tromsø, where it won the FIPRESCI Prize.
"Bruno Dumont becomes the latest arthouse auteur to try his hand at longform TV with a wonderfully weird and unexpectedly hilarious murder mystery… A high priest of cine-miserablism drawn to Bressonian tales of spiritual suffering, Dumont lets loose his inner clown for Li'l Quinquin, a four-part TV miniseries that frequently suggests a cross between True Detective and Mack Sennett's Keystone Cops, while remaining every inch a Dumont movie, from its windswept northern French locales to its sometimes discomfiting use of nonprofessional actors"
- Scott Foundas, Cannes Review, Variety