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Thomas Jenkoe lives and works in Paris. He had his first film experience when he became script writer on Passwonder, a documentary essay directed by Guillaume Massart, with whom he wrote Michael Lonsdale’s voice over. The film was shown in the FID Marseilles festival and in the Amiens international film festival in 2009, and was broadcast on CinéCinéma the year after.
In 2010, alongside with Guillaume Massart and Charles H. Drouot, he creates Triptyque Films. In two years, a dozen films are produced, and shown in well-known festivals.
Apart from his producing activities, he is a director as well as a photographer. Reality is Thomas Jenkoe’s raw material, as he sees in it an endless source of stories and complexity. His reality is made of day-to-day experience: he wants to show the unsolvable conflict between beings and existence, sense and non-sense, which affects every individual.
His work is marked by the issues of frontier (mental, geographic, moral and social frontiers), incommunicability and the fate of humans in modern society. Thomas Jenkoe’s works show our essential intranquillity.
More than a mere restitution of reality, his artistic approach transforms it through strong esthetic choices, may that be done by using limited cameras (the cellphone used for a Passion), or obsolete techniques such as his photographies series shot in Polaroid or the austere 4:3 video format of his first length-feature, Maàlich.
Souvenirs de la Géhenne (Orig.) / 2015 / France / 56 min
Grande-Synthe, Northern France, 2002. J.D. loads his rifle and drives through town, looking for people with an immigrant background. His wild odyssey ends up with the murder of a 17-year-old North African. 10 years after the events, the film follows the murderer’s path, confronting the city’s urban metamorphosis to J.D.’s voice, reconstructed from his criminal case report.