07-05-2012

FNE at Gdynia Film Festival : Elles

By FNE Staff

{mosimage}GDYNIA: In her new drama Elles, Małgorzata Szumowska explores the topic of feminine sexuality and its images in the contemporary society. Elles screens in the main competition of the 37th Polish Film Festival in Gdynia (www.fpff.pl), running through 12 May 2012.

{mosimage}Anne, a wealthy French journalist working for ELLE magazine, seems to have everything both in her professional and private life, but an unusual assignment to write an article about the life of call girls changes her whole perspective of her marriage, her sexuality and her independence. Once she meets Alicja and Charlotte, two young women who break the stereotype of a prostitute, she is forced to reevaluate her whole set of values.

The Polish-German-French co-production was shot in Paris and Cologne between May and June of 2011. The film stars Juliette Binoche as Anne, Anaïs Demoustier playing a French call girl and Joanna Kulig, a Polish actress cast as an emigrant girl making a life for herself in Paris.

{mosimage}The film is produced by Slot Machine (www.slotmachine.fr), Zentropa International Poland and Zentropa International Koln (www.zentropa.dk). The co-producers are Zentropa International Poland - Agnieszka Kurzydło, Zentropa International Koln - Bettina Brokemper, Canal+ (www.canapluscyfrowy.pl), ZDF (www.zdf.de), Shot-Szumowski, Liberator Productions - Peter Albaek Jensen and Peter Garde. Elles received production support from the Polish Film Institute (www.pisf.pl).

Szumowska, a filmmaker and producer, is most recognized for her drama 33 Scenes From Life (www.pandorafilm.com) earning the Best Directing prize during the 33rd PFF in Gdynia in 2008 (www.fpff.pl).

{mosimage}The film had its international premiere on 9 September 2011 and opened in Polish cinemas on 17 November 2011, distributed by Kino Świat (www.kinoświat.pl). It represented new Polish cinema as a part of the Panorama special section during 2012 IFF in Berlin. International sales are managed by Memento Films International (www.memento-films.com).Crew:
Directed by: Małgorzata Szumowska
Written by: Małgorzata Szumowska, Tine Byrckel
Director of photography: Michał Englert
Music by: Paweł Mykietyn
Production design by: Pauline Bourdon
Sound: Andre Rigaut
Editing: Jacek Drosio, Francoise Tourmen
Costume design by: Katarzyna Lewińska
Make-up: Cedric Gerard
Production manager: Olivier Guerbois, Johannes Rexin, Agnieszka Kurzydło
Produced by: Slot Machine, Zentropa International Poland, Zentropa International Koln
Producer: Slot Machine - Marianne Slot
Co-produced by: Zentropa International Poland - Agnieszka Kurzydło, Zentropa International Koln - Bettina Brokemper, Canal+, ZDF, Shot-Szumowski, Liberator Productions - Peter Albaek Jensen, Peter Garde
Co-financed by: Polish Film Institute
Executive producer: Slot Machine
Distributed by: Kino Świat
World sales: Memento Films International

Cast:
Louis-Do De Lencquesaing
Juliet Binoche
Andrzej Chyra
Ali Marhyar
Joanna Kulig

Production information:
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