28 min, documentary/animation, Canada, 2019
Directed byJérémie Battaglia
Produced byLes Films Extérieur Jour - Amélie Lambert-Bouchard
LanguagesFrench, Japanese
Short descriptionTrapped in his body because of an illness, Kaïs dreams at night he’s the hero of his favorite manga, along with his brothers: Fehd, the bodybuilder and Zaïd, the ninja.
Regis du cinemas, general

Film details

Synopsis :


Living with an illness that is causing him to lose the use of his body, Kaïs is awoken every morning by a different member of his family. Though paralyzed, he dreams he is the hero of his favorite manga, along with his brothers: Fehd, the bodybuilder and Zaïd, the ninja.


Credits :


Written and Directed by Jérémie Battaglia

Production : Les Films Extérieur Jour – Amélie Lambert-Bouchard
Director of photography : Jérémie Battaglia
Artistic director (animation) : Jin Park Hyun
Editing : Andrea Henriquez
Sound Design : Marie-Pierre Grenier
Sound Mix : Isabelle Lussier
Music : Anaïs Larocque
Sound : Jérémie Battaglia et Lenny Fontaine
Actors (voice over for animation) : Dai Tabuchi, Keita Jimmy Hara

With the participation of : Sanaa Skalante Karouani, Fouad Karouani, Zaïd Karouani, Kaïs Karouani and Johan Fehd Karouani




Jérémie Battaglia

French-Canadian filmmaker based in Montreal where he co-founded the production company Extérieur Jour, Jérémie Battaglia defines himself as an admirer of ordinary heroes. In his films, he explores themes of adversity, the body, and its limits, as seen in works like Perfect, The brother (HotDocs 2020, Best Documentary Short Film at the 2021 Prix du cinéma québécois, nominated for Canadian Screen Awards), and ADONIS. He gained recognition in 2012 with the documentary short film Pots and pans about the student protests in Quebec, which quickly went viral. He has since collaborated with the National Film Board of Canada on several award-winning web documentary projects. Through his films, he seeks to explore the form of his medium, often collaborating with artists from other disciplines such as animation, theater, dance, or music. He co-directed the circus film The sum of our dreams with Johanne Madore, and the dance film The goddam milky way with Mélanie Demers, both selected in numerous festivals. A French Youth is his second feature-length documentary, premiered at Hot Docs festival in 2024.



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ADONIS, 52 min, Documentary, 2024

THE GODDAM MILKY WAY, 16 min, Dance film, 2023

THE SUM OF OUR DREAMS, Art film,77 min, 2022

THE COST OF FREE WATER, Documentary, 52 min, 2021

THE BROTHER, 28 min, Documentary, 2019

WHAT HAVE WE DONE WITH OUR VACATIONS?, 52 min, Documentary, 2019

PERFECT, 78 min, Documentary, 2016

YOU, ME AND THE CHARTER, Webdocumentary, 2013

THE SPRING AFTER, Webdocumentary, 2013

THE WEIGHT OF A VOICE, Webdocumentary, 2012

POTS AND PANS, 4 min, Documentary, 2012