*Guadalajara International Film Festival (Mexico)
* Hot Docs (Toronto, Canada)
* Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival (Greece)
* Docville / Fonk (Belgium)
* Durban International Film Festival (South Africa)
* Doc Cévennes - Festival international du documentaire en Cévennes (Lasalle, France)
* Miami Film Festival (USA)
* Bratislava International Film Festival (Slovak Republic)
* 2morrow IFF (Moscow, Russia)
* Biografilm Festival | International Celebration of lives (Bologna, Italy)
* Big Sky Documentary Film Festival (Missoula, MT, USA)
* Dublin International Film Festival (Dublin, Ireland)
* Rialto Cinema (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
* Montclair Film Festival (Montclair, NJ , USA)
* Seattle Latino Film Festival (USA)
* AFI Latin American Film Festival (Silver Spring, USA)
* Galerie Jane Griffiths (Val d'Isère, France)
* FOKAL - Fondation Connaissance et libertés (Haïti)
* Festival des Films du Monde (Montréal, Qc, Canada)

- Best Documentary – DocNoir | Special Mention
- ICARO Film Festival of Central America
- Special Jury Mention Documentary - Durban Film Festival


[ Watch Video ] [ http://calvetmovie.com/ ]



by Dominic Allan
Firewalk Films
| 86’ - 52’ | UK | 2011 | HD

Never believe you've played your last hand..

French painter Jean Marc Calvet recounts his incredible life story as a former Cannes bodyguard who abandoned his family, robbed a Miami mobster, hid out in Central America and at the age of 38 overcame addictions through an extraordinary metamorphosis in which he began to paint. That was seven years ago. Now his intricate paintings sell for five figures, but he remains desperate to reconcile with the son he left behind.

Reviews :

"Nothing less than gripping and powerful" Mark Adams, Screen Daily

"Calvet recounts a life story as dramatic and colorful as his intense paintings" Leslie Felperin, Variety

"Powerful, riveting, inspiring... an emotional roller coaster" David Gritten, Daily Telegraph UK

"An astonishing true story, will stay with you forever * * * *" Henry Fitzherbert, Sunday Express UK

"Special Jury competition title CALVET... one of the most buzzed about films at this year's festival" AJ Schnack at Sheffield Doc/Fest

"An astonishing documentary" Steve Rose, Guardian UK