Calvet

Directed by Dominic Allan
  • UK
  • 84 minutes

Co-Executive Producer Brendan Byrne will attend the screening.

“As searing as one of his subject’s phantasmagoric canvases” - Time Out New York

“I was the perfect example of a total bastard,” admits Jean Marc Calvet. From inside his art studio in Granada, Nicaragua, he is the model of a successful artist, selling paintings for tens of thousands of dollars. But as he invites the viewer on a tour of his seedy past, it soon becomes clear he speaks of what he knows. Via a troubled childhood and violent adolescence, Calvet was doing heavy drugs in France, working as a bodyguard after a stint as a vice cop, trying to support his young son.

When a rich, mysterious American offered him the chance to abandon his life and move to America, he grabbed it, abruptly leaving his son behind. He soon found himself on the run in Central America and on a course of extreme self-destruction, his son’s abandonment haunting his every waking moment. In this stylish, vibrantly edited film, he takes us with him on his search for redemption. His articulacy and self-awareness as he looks back on a harrowing life make this a masterfully told story. - Sheffield International Documentary Festival