10th edition CIFF – 10-14 April 2024

Jusqu’à la garde (Custody) (2018 Feature Film)

Marisol Gómez Mouakad | Puerto Rico, Mexico | 2016 | color | DCP | 90 min | Spanish, English | e.s.

This is as bad as it gets when divorced parents fight for custody of their son – a heartrending role by young Thomas Gioria. Making his feature debut, Legrand is inspired by both Kramer vs. Kramer and The Shining. This kitchen-sink thriller marks him as a talent to watch. Awarded for Best Director in Venice.

From the very first scene with the judge, who reads out a statement by their 11-year-old son Julien, the tension between the former spouses is palpable. The nervous mother (Léa Drucker) accuses the colossal father (Denis Ménochet) of threats and violence; he says that she is trying to turn their child against him. The elder daughter goes her own way, but Julien is caught in the middle. It’s no coincidence that the title refers to guardianship and imprisonment.

Xavier Legrand (this is the sequel to his Oscar-nominated short film Avant que de tout perdre from 2013, with the same adult protagonists) does not ease off the suspense, and works inexorably towards an almost unbearable climax. Often nerve-rackingly tight framing imprisons the characters; their naturalist acting brings them closer. This intense debut by Thomas Gioria is particularly striking in the role of scared yet surly Julien. The film won prizes in Venice for Best Director and Best Debut.

Place: The Cinemas 1

Date: 13 April 2018

Time: 19:00

Duration: 1:12

Place: The Cinemas 1

Date: 14 April 2018

Time: 14:00

Duration: 1:12

Place: The Cinemas 2

Date: 15 April 2018

Time: 13:30

Duration: 1:12

Year in





Nathalie Durand


Denis Ménochet
Léa Drucker
Thomas Gioria
Mathilde Auneveux
Saadia Bentaïeb
Sophie Pincemaille
Emilie Incerti-Formentini




Yorgos Lamprinos






Alexandre Gavras

Production Company

K.G. Productions

Production Design

Jérémie Sfez


Celluloid Dreams


Xavier Legrand

Sound Design

Julien Sicart
Julien Roig
Vincent Verdoux

Year of Production


Xavier LEGRAND is een Franse acteur, scenarist en filmmaker die een opleiding volgde op het Nationale Conservatorium van Parijs. Hij acteerde in verschillende korte en lange films voordat hij zijn carrière als regisseur begon. Zijn Avant que de tout perdre (2013) ontving een nominatie voor de Academy Award voor Best Live Action Short Film. Het succes van deze korte film leidde naar zijn eerste lange film Jusqu’à la garde (2017). Deze film beleefde zijn wereldpremière in Venetië, waar Legrand de prijs won voor Beste Regie en de Leeuw van de Toekomst – Luigi De Laurentiis Award voor de Beste Debuutfilm. 



Avant que de tout perdre/Just Before Losing Everything (2013, Short), Jusqu’à la garde/Custody (2017)