The Saints of Thugs

directors: Maïlys Audouze
23 minutes | France

His voice is firm and serious. The director is sitting in front of him. Using the words of a “former tough guy”, a man tells his own story: an injustice experienced at 12, a dirty revenge which turned out to be lethal, and then, several years in a penitentiary institution for teenagers in the 70s. His daughter (the director) has found his detention record. She knows more than he does about his childhood. He has to come to terms with these revelations, first. Later, he will go back to the mechanical workshop of the penitentiary institution, with one of his former “teachers” – an intense experience. That’s the story of “a poor guy who became a thief” and who will get his ankle tattooed again (as an indelible mark) with the “Saint of thugs”…


Production: Ardèche Images

Distribution France: Films de Force Majeure

Release: 2017




CNC, DRAC Auvergne Rhône Alpes, DRAC Ardèche


Writer & Director Maïlys Audouze
Image and Sound Youssef Asswad
Editor Natyvel Pontalier & Maïlys Audouze
Sound mix Jules Jasko
Color grading Jérémy Carteron

Technical sheet

Format 16/9
Sound 5.1, stéréo
Length 34 minutes
Release 2017


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

Partie(s) de Campagne Festival – France
Auroville Film Festival – India

Déjà demain : Best of International Short Films Festival– MK2 – France
FIPADOC int. Documentary Festival– France

Krakow Film Festival – Poland
Festival Chroma – Le Mans – France
Doc, doc, doc entrez ! – Villedieu – France
Festival Scèn’Art en Court – Rennes – France
Festival du Film d’Actions Sociale – Nancy – France
Festival 7ème Lune – Rennes – Public prize, Jury special mention, Stage direction distinction – France
Festival FICEG – Grenoble – France
Festival de la première fois – Marseille – France
Festival Premiers plans – Angers – France

Etats Généraux du documentaire – Lussas – France
Festival du film de famille de Saint Ouen – Public prize – France
Festival Traces de vies – Clermont Ferrand – France
Festival du film d’éducation d’Evreux – Jury special mention – France
Festival Docs en court – Lyon – France