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Chicks & Co: Spotlight on Sophie Letourneur

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With amateurish and self-deprecatory playfulness, Sophie Letourneur’s films direct their cameras to the everyday lives of young, unashamed women who talk loudly about their sex life, their underwear or their periods. However goofy her characters can seem, Letourneur has however experimented in every film with form and writing to create highly precise works, which somehow remain impressively naturalistic. La Vie Au Ranch depicts female friendship through the experience of filming a real group of friends, and based on the director’s own memories of collective living, whereas Le Marin Masqué is a formal experiment with sound and black and white cinematography. An unforgiving and refreshing auteurial voice in the contemporary film landscape, Letourneur provides a de-glamorised, hence more realistic, portrait of the female experience, through a panoply of exasperating yet exhilarating heroines.

Le marin masqué

Sophie Letourneur France, 2011

To conclude our spotlight on director Sophie Letourneur, we are delighted to present her lesser-known short film Le Marin Masqué. Her whimsical and self-derisory use of non-synchronous sound paired with grainy black and white cinematography frivolously conceals a darker, cruller interrogation.

Chicks

Sophie Letourneur France, 2010

With her debut feature, Sophie Letourneur brought a refreshing breeze to French cinema by depicting the lives (and parties) of sassy young women. After a long period of rehearsals, and a tight script based on moments she had lived with her own friends, Chicks retains its vivid, strident realism.

Les coquillettes

Sophie Letourneur France, 2012

Next in our focus on auteur Sophie Letourneur, we are thrilled to present this delightful gem featuring Louis Garrel! Shot during the Locarno Film Festival, this comedy follows three unashamed women more interested in potential flings than high-brow flicks, portrayed with refreshing candour and wit.

Gaby Baby Doll

Sophie Letourneur France, 2014

To open our focus on writer-director-actor Sophie Letourneur and her female-led audacities, we are proud to present her latest feature! A slapstick comedy and gentle romance at once, this hard-learned lesson in solitude stars Lolita Chammah (Isabelle Huppert’s daughter!) and singer Benjamin Biolay.

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