Damien Samedi is a hard worker, loving son and caring boyfriend. He has also struggled with a drug addiction most of his adult life, reliant upon his mother’s matter-of-fact, unwavering support. Infused with flashes of humour, insight and compassion, their tender mother–son relationship is at the heart of his challenging journey. At once an intimate character study and a humane counterpoint to the fearmongering depictions of addiction prevalent in today’s media, Petit Samedi is a universal portrait of a man facing his demons.
Paloma Sermon-Daï (Namur, 1993) studied arts and humanities at the Conservatoire de Huy and film at the Haute École Libre in Brussels, where she directed three shorts, including Makenzy (2016), screened at Visions du Réel, in Nyon, Switzerland. Petit Samedi is her debut feature.