Montparnasse Bienvenue (Jeune femme)
Directed by Léonor Serraille
Screenplay: Léonor Serraille
Cinematography: Emilie Noblet
Music: Julie Roué
Editing: Clémence Carré
Cast: Laetitia Dosch (Paula Simonian), Souleymane Seye Ndiaye (Ousmane), Grégoire Monsaingeon (Joachim Deloche), Nathalie Richard (Paula's mother), Lilas-Rose Gilberti-Poisot (Lila), Léonie Simaga (Yuki), Erika Sainte (Lila's mother), Audrey Bonnet (doctor), Marie Rémond, Jean-Christophe Folly, Jean-René Lemoine, Bélinda Saligo
Festivals, awards (selection)
Cannes 2017 (Golden Camera), Karlovy Vary 2017
The exquisite film debut by Léonor Serraille earned the young French director Camera d'Or for best first feature at Cannes 2017.
Broke, with nothing but her cat to her name and doors closing in her face, Paula is back in Paris
after a long absence. She’s at the end of her rope after discovering that she won’t be able to crash at the home of an old flame, Joachim, a photographer who built his fame on an early picture of her but who clearly doesn’t feel he still owes her anything. Paula encounters a lot of people that seem to have very different ideas about what’s wrong and what’s right, but she’s determined to make a new start and she’ll do it with style and panache!
"I'm very introverted and I wanted to pay tribute to those people who ‘open up,’ like those who suddenly start talking to you on the subway, which I always thought strange. I wanted to portray a completely quirky character, but one whose reactions would be sane, quite normal when faced with a situation when you arrive in a town and you don't have much money. Also, I've been influenced by movies that are portraits of single and dignified women, including Claire Dolan by Lodge Kerrigan or Sue Lost in Manhattan by Amos Kollek." (Léonor Serraille)