Portrait of two lost girls …

Director's Statement

Pauline Gay was born in October 1982. After graduating from university, she studied at La fémis. In 2011, she studied at the California Institute of the Arts. She is from the working class and likes to explore different family backgrounds. DEMAIN, ÇA SERA BIEN, her graduation film, was selected for many film festivals including the Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes. How long did it take to make your short? Was it difficult to get financing? It took me six months to make my short. Actually, everything happened very quickly. I wanted to find a young mother before writing anything and went to many social centres but I couldn't find the right person. Then, one day, while walking along a playground, I found my actresses. In two months, I wrote and shot the film (I had about a week to shoot). At that time, I was a student at La fémis, and the school financed the film. Which thoughts come to mind concerning a “European cinema community”? European cinema is much diversified in its attempts and proposals. I mean, every country has its own identity and this is what makes European cinema so original. Places, cultures, economies, political issues are different in all countries and push filmmakers to express themselves, to create and invent new forms. Co-production opportunities allow collective creation and make movies richer. If you owned a theatre for one night, which films would you screen? FISH TANK by Andrea Arnold – a movie I would like to have made myself; HUMAN RESOURCES by Laurent Cantet – The film talks about where I come from; TO OUR LOVES by Maurice Pialat – I'll be always impressed by his directing; E.T.: THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL by Steven Spielberg – The first film that I saw and that I always watch with a child's soul; GOD’S OFFICES by Claire Simon – When I saw this movie, I thought that I was on the right direction in my way of making films. What is your next project? I spent one year at film festivals and helping others to do their projects. I wanted to feel useful and to learn more about other parts of the production of a film. Now, I write, I take notes about people I meet, situations that interest me, what I feel. But it's only the beginning.

Cast & Crew

Directed by: Pauline Gay

Written by: Pauline Gay, Benjamin Goby

Produced by: Jeremy Durand

Cinematography: Chloé Lesueur

Editing: Julie Léna

Sound: Fanny Weinzaepflen, Margot Testemale

Cast: Céline Grün, Mélodie Ulla

Nominations and Awards

  • European Short Film 2012