The Last Hillbilly, un film de Thomas Jenkoe et Diane Sara Bouzgarou

The Last Hillbilly

Directors: Diane Sara Bouzgarrou & Thomas Jenkoe
80 minutes | France, qatar

Talcum, Eastern Kentucky. A remote rural area where people feel less American than Appalachian.

For decades, Brian Ritchie and his family have been living there. But the mines have been shut down, with nothing to replace them. And over time, the inhabitants have seen an explosive mix made of economic decline, ecological disaster, and social violence, develop.

In the US they are often called “hillbillies”. An insult some of them use to define themselves, almost as a provocation.

Among them, Brian.

Caught between a mythical past and an indiscernible future, Brian is one of the last witnesses of a vanishing world, that inspires his poetry.


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Production: Films de Force Majeure

France distribution: New Story

World sales: The Party Film Sales

Release: June 9, 2021




Avance sur recettes CNC, Fonds d’Aide à l’Innovation du CNC, Région Sud, PICTANOVO, Doha Film Institute, Scam (Brouillon d’un rêve), Procirep-Angoa, Sacem

Project selected at
Eurodoc 2017, Résidence Châlet Mauriac 2017 (Région Nouvelle Aquitaine), Pitching du Réel 2018, Les Arcs Work-in-Progress 2019, ParisDOC Work-in-Progress 2020

In coproduction with
Studio Lemon


Director Diane Sara Bouzgarrou & Thomas Jenkoe
Picture Thomas Jenkoe
Sound Diane Sara Bouzagarrou
Editing Théophile Gay-Mazas
Sound editing & sound mix Pierre Armand
Music Jay Gambit
Production manager Nora Bertone
Producer Jean-Laurent Csinidis

Technical sheet

Sound  5.1, stereo
Length  80 minutes
English with french and english subtitles
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Tous les festivals auxquels Films de Force Majeure à participé en 2021

CineEco Festival (Portugal)
One World (Romania)
9no – Festival Internacional de Cine (Costa Rica)
Sydney Film Festival (Australia)
DOK.fest München (Germany)
Hong Kong Film Festival (China)
Thessaloniki International Film Festival (Greece)

Tous les festivals auxquels Films de Force Majeure à participé en 2020

Torino Film Festival – Best Film of the competition – Doc/International (Italy)
IDFA –First Appearance Special Mention – International Premiere (Netherlands)
Festival Entrevues Belfort (France)
Les Écrans documentaires (France)
FIFIB – Grand Prix (France)
Corsicadoc – Young Jury Award (France)
Cinémondes – Les Rencontres Cinématographiques de Cerbère Portbou (France)
Fifigrot – Festival Groland (France)
Festival du cinéma américain de Deauville (France)
ACID CANNES 2020 – World premiere (France)