15 year-old Lyz, a high school student in the French Alps, has been accepted to a highly selective ski club whose aim is to train future professional athletes. Taking a chance on his new recruit, Fred, ex-champion turned coach, decides to make Lyz his shining star regardless of her lack of experience. Under his influence, Lyz will have to endure more than the physical and emotional pressure of the training. Will Lyz’s determination help her escape his grip?

Director's Biography

Charlène, an explorer at heart, an energetic and self-taught filmmaker, is inhabited by the desire to share her world. After spending her childhood in Val d'Isère and several years abroad, notably in Australia, New Zealand and the United States, she founded her company, Charlie bus production, at the age of 24 to give impetus to projects that are close to her heart. Curious and conscious of the rigour of her profession, she trained in acting at the Jacques Le Coq School in London, in directing at the Astoria Studio in New York and in writing at the FEMIS script workshop, from which she graduated in 2015. At the same time, she wrote, directed and produced several short films and documentaries, all broadcast on France Télevision, including FFREE FALL, OMESSA and ODOL GORRI, which featured in the 2020 César box-set. Her first feature, SLALOM, with Jérémie Renier and Noée Abita, was announced as part of the "First Film" category in the official selection of the Cannes Film Festival in June 2020.

Cast & Crew

Directed by: Charlène Favier

Written by: Charlène Favier

Produced by: Edouard Mauriat

Cinematography: Yann Maritaud

Editing: Maxime Pozzi Garcia

Costume Design: Judith de Luze

Sound: Gauthier Isern, Louis Molina, Thomas Besson

Cast: Noée Abita (Liz), Jérémie Renier (Fred)

Nominations and Awards

  • European University Film Award 2020
  • Feature Film Selection 2020