Bruno Dumont Explains Why His Cannes-Bound Medieval Saga ‘Joan of Arc’ Is Nothing Like ‘Game of Thrones’

Bruno Dumont Explains Why His Cannes-Bound Medieval Saga ‘Joan of Arc’ Is Nothing Like ‘Game of Thrones’
One of the most acclaimed directors working in France today, Bruno Dumont doesn’t tend to repeat himself. In the last decade, he has gone from making a supernatural thriller set in the countryside (“Outside Satan”) to a classical biopic (“Camille Claudel 1915”) to a whimsical TV series about bumbling detectives (“Lil Quinquin”) and a surrealist comedy of manners (“Slack Bay”).

For his Cannes-premiering “Joan of Arc,” however, Dumont is returning to recent turf. The period drama follows 2017’s “Jeanette: The Childhood of Joan of Arc,” a deadpan portrait of the future martyr’s childhood that was set to heavy metal music. For “Joan of Arc,” Dumont follows his “Jeanette” star Lise Leplat Prudhomme into the famous 15th century saga as she leads the French army on a holy mission that leads to charges of heresy and, eventually, her death.

Like “Jeanette,” the new movie draws on a revisionist approach to
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