One of the short films making a splash on this year’s festival circuit, Fauve is a brutal, yet lyrical, look at boyhood, nature, friendship, and primitivism. As two boys play in the Quebec wilderness, struggling for power surrounded by mother nature, the scenery, story, and charisma of the two young actors have hypnotized audiences and juries alike. The film has a universal resonance, perhaps because of its deeply personal routes.

“Growing up in the countryside, the inspiration for Fauve came from some childhood nightmares I had at that time,” Jérémy Comte, the film’s writer and director, explained. “These dreams kept visiting me throughout all my life at different moments, where I could recall the emotion and a clear scenery from them, but I didn’t mind them too much. About four years ago, I was running on a small muddy road under a light rain in the countryside and it all came back to me. I knew at this moment I had to make a film out of these memories, exploring childhood in a raw and authentic way.”

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Fauve is a fearless and frightful look at our relationship with nature and with each other — it’s easy to see why it’s making waves.