Danton's death

by Alice Diop


2011 • documentary • 64 minutes

Director Alice Diop • editing Gisèle Rapp-Meichler • cinematographer Blaise Harrison • sound Pascale Mons


Steve is 25 and looks like one of those hoods spotted in the everyday news on suburban violence.

He was actually one of them few months ago. He used to hang around in the staircases with his fellows, sharing joints and dreaming of a better life.

In September 2008 he suddenly decides to change his life and starts training as an actor in one of the most prestigious drama schools, "le Cours Simon".

Everyday since then, Steve has been taking the train RER B, from the station Aulnay to Paris, the golden universe of the well-off kids.

For Steve, fulfilling his dream of acting implies not only a social journey, but also an initiatory journey in an attempt to rebuild himself.

The film follows him at a turning point of his life and depicts the difficulties of such a metamorphosis.


 Coproduction .Mille et Une. Films. / TVM - Est parisien, with the participation of Planète.

With support from CNC, Region Bretagne, Acsé - Fonds Images de la diversité, de la Procirep - Société des Producteurs et de l'Angoa.


Prix des Bibliothèques au Cinéma du Réel 2011.

Grand Prix du 7e Festival du film d’éducation d'Évreux.

Sélections : Festival de Cinéma de Dournenez 2011, Corsicadoc 2011 catégorie "La marge", Rencontres Cinéma de Gindou 2011, RencontresDoc'Ouest 2011, Ecrans documentaires d'Arcueil 2011, Festival International du Fil d'Amiens, 15e Forumdoc.bh de Belo Horizonte (Brésil), Migrant'scène 2011, Festival International du Cinéma Numérique de Cotonou 2012, Millenium 2012 (Panoramas).

                                                                                         Available in DVD