Little Lion

Comme un lion

France | 2012 | 102 minutes | Samuel Collardey

Brought from Senegal to France and abandoned by a cruel scam, 15-year-old Mitri’s dreams of soccer stardom seem in vain until a chance encounter with a small-time coach reignites his passion for the sport.

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For Mitri's (Mytri Attal) friends, soccer is an agreeable diversion, a way to kick up dirt on the roads of their tiny Senegalese village. But for the 16-year-old phenomenon who reverently tucks a photo of a footballer in his Koran during prayers, it's a calling and a chance to move up in life. The opportunity seems to present itself when a recruiter approaches his grandmother (Khady Aïdara) offering to send the young man to France for tryouts; provided she can pay certain fees up front, of course. He arrives to find himself quickly abandoned by a cruel scam. Now under the helpful but impersonal protection of French social services, Mitri must seemingly abandon his dreams of soccer stardom even as he shamefully keeps his troubles hidden from his grandmother back home. Until a chance encounter with a self-described "second-rate coach in a third-rate club" (Marc Barbé) gets him back on the pitch where he belongs. But the coach is also a victim of thwarted dreams, and it's no guarantee he'll help Mitri realize his own. Inspired by true stories, Little Lion combines a naturalistic portrait of the struggles facing immigrants with the rousing, crowd-pleasing charms of a sports film.

Director Biography
An experienced cinematographer, Samuel Collardey’s first feature, The Apprentice (2008), won several awards, including the Louis Delluc Prize for Best First Feature and the International Critics’ Week Award at the Venice Film Festival.

Sponsored in part by French American Cultural Society, The French American School of Puget Sound, French Embassy in the United States, French Immersion School of Washington, Alliance Francaise de Seattle, TV5 Monde, FrancePress LLC, Center for West European Studies

Director: Samuel Collardey
Principal Cast: Marc Barbé, Anne Coesens, Marc Berman, Jean-François Stévenin, Mytri Attal
Country: France
Year: 2012
Running Time: 102 minutes
Producer: Grégoire Debailly
Screenplay: Catherine Paillé, Nadège Trebal, Samuel Collardey
Cinematographers: Charles Wilhelem, Samuel Collardey, Stéphane Raymond
Editors: Sylvie Lager
Music: Magou
Filmography: The Apprentice (2008)
Language: French
HasSubTitles: Yes
Format: DCP
International Sales: Pyramide International
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