La Fille de l’Estuaire

UK – Stereo 3D Project – 2014

Gaëlle Denis (director, co-writer)

Gaelle photoOriginally from France, Gaëlle Denis graduated from London’s Royal College of Art in 2000 with an MA in Animation Direction.  She won a BAFTA and a Cannes Cinéfondation selection in 2003 for Fish Never Sleep. In 2004 her short, City Paradise, was nominated for a BAFTA and won over 50 international awards.  She is now completing Crocodile, a live action short funded through the BFI’s latest short film scheme.  Blending an intriguing mix of beautifully art-directed live action with animation, Gaëlle  has developed a unique approach to filmmaking.  Her dexterity with working in different media: animation, live action, theatre and commercials, has contributed to her being awarded a place on Torino Film Lab’s prestigious Adaptlab and subsequently on the Jerusalem Film Lab to develop an ambitious script adaptation feature project.  She was also awarded a place on Le Groupe Ouest and the Cross Channel Film Lab where she is developing an original feature script.

Ohna Falby (producer)

ohna-falbyEducated in Paris, Ohna Falby studied filmmaking and creative writing in New York and worked in commercials in London for over 20 years. Ohna formed Life To Live Films Ltd in March 2011 to produce her new slate of short and feature films. Prior to this, Ohna produced six short films since 2003 through Sister Films with director Daniel Mulloy, which all saw critical success internationally, including BAFTA and BIFA wins and a European Academy Award nomination. Most recently Ohna delivered a series of five short films commissioned by Bombay Sapphire, which she developed with the five winner applicants and produced with directors from London, Scotland, Barcelona and Los Angeles. Ohna is producing Crocodile, a BFI funded short with writer Robin French and director Gaëlle Denis, currently in post production. ̈ She is also developing her first two feature projects, Speaking Of Love with director Gaëlle Denis, and Mzungu I Love You, commissioned from a first-time writer and supported through Sheffield Film Festival’s Devise2Deliver scheme.

Christopher Andrews (co-writer)

Christopher AndrewsEmerging as a filmmaker from the camera department, Chris Andrews combines his skills as a cinematographer with the written word to create a unique visual style of storytelling. Graduating with a distinction from the London Film School’s Masters Course in Screenwriting he was shortlisted as a writer-director for Film London’s Microwave scheme for his screenplay Paper Boats.  He is being mentored by Oscar-nominated screenwriter Peter Straughan as part of the Guiding Lights scheme, and is also a member of the Bressonians – a group of prominent filmmakers whose work is influenced by the late Robert Bresson, including Tilda Swinton, Terence Davies and Joanna Hogg.  His screenplay Scuttler, a British Western, is being developed in conjunction with the Edinburgh International Film Festival.

Synopsis

A dark and poetic portrait of the inner life of a ten year-old girl caught in the grip of her own imagination.

La Fille de l’Estuaire is a modern surrealist tragedy that takes place around the Penzé estuary at the end of summer. Véfa, a lonely and rather strange ten year-old girl, makes friends with Nathalie, an enigmatic young woman she finds in a crashed car down by the estuary. Fleeing family tensions, a mother incapable of affection and the cruelty of the village children, Véfa starts to spend more and more time with Nathalie.

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