The Wild One

Tessa Louise-Salomé, France 2022, 94’
Polish premiere
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The Holocaust and Hollywood – these are the two main story threads in Tessa Louise-Salomé’s documentary. The film’s protagonist is Jack Garfein, a Jew who survived World War II and emigrated to the United States, where he became a prominent acting teacher and director.

Feature documentary “The Wild One,” which looks at the life of Jack Garfein, Holocaust survivor, Broadway director, Actors Studio West co-founder, and controversial filmmaker, has debuted its trailer. Tessa Louise-Salomé’s film, which is narrated by Willem Dafoe, will have its world premiere on Saturday at Tribeca Film Festival. “The Wild One” examines how Garfein’s experience in the concentration camps shaped his vision of acting as a survival mechanism and propelled his engagement with themes of violence, power and racism in postwar America in two explosive films: “The Strange One” (1957) and “Something Wild” (1961).

Jack Garfein Documentary ‘The Wild One,’ Narrated by Willem Dafoe, Debuts Trailer Ahead of Tribeca Premiere (

Piotr Mirski


  • Festival 2 Valenciennes 2022 – Prix du Jury
  • Tribeca FF 2022 – Best Cinematography in a Documentary Film

Tessa Louise-Salomé

Tessa Louise-Salomé is a Paris-based director, writer, and producer whose work foregrounds visually-poetic approaches to storytelling. Her films as a director include the Sundance Jury Prize nominee Mr. X. Her films as a producer include documentaries that combine social justice issues with a focus on the artist’s creative universe, and have premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, Venice Film Festival, IFFR, and CPH:DOX.


2008 Le Monde en Marche (short, co-dir.)

2013 Drive in Holy Motors (doc., short)

2014 Mr. X (doc.)

2022 The Wild One (doc.)

Cast & Crew

director Tessa Louise-Salomé
screenplay Elizabeth Kamir Schub, Tessa Louise-Salomé, Sarah Terquem
cinematography Boris Lévy
editing Simon Le Berre
music Gael Rakotondrabe
cast Willem Dafoe, Peter Bogdanovich, Irène Jacob, Blanche Baker
producer Tessa Louise-Salomé
production Petite Maison Production
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language English, French
coloration colour & b&w
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