A Young Girl in Her Nineties

Une jeune fille de 90 ans

A Young Girl in Her Nineties

Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Yann Coridian

FR
2016
Documentary
85’
Focus

Well-known choreographer Thierry Thieû Niang runs a dance workshop for Alzheimer patients in the geriatric department of Charles Foix d’Ivry hospital in the Parisian suburbs. In a place where many have closed themselves off to the outside world, unexpected momentum suddenly enters the everyday life of the clinic. Thierry slowly develops a rapport with patients to the familiar strains of carefully selected old French chansons. The music and movement soon reawaken forgotten memories and trigger emotions: regret, bitterness, joy, loneliness. 92-year-old Blanche Moreau, who has already withdrawn into her shell, is especially moved by the presence and attention of the young choreographer. She falls in love again like a young girl. Now it’s up to Thierry to balance out this frenzy of emotions.

The gentleness with which the choreographer approaches the patients is adopted by Valeria Bruni Tedeschi and Yann Coridian in their joint documentary film debut. With their unobtrusive narrative style and sensitive camera work, they succeed in capturing in images the tender physical and emotional moments shared by the protagonists.


Awards for ›A Young Girl in Her Nineties‹
Special Jury Award & Documentary Audience Award – Festival International du Film Francophone de Namur, Belgium | Best International Documentary – Rome Independent Film Festival 2016 | FIPRESCI Prize 2016 | Best Documentary – Tournai Ramdam Festival, Belgium 2017

Director

Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Yann Coridian

Cinematography

Hélène Louvart, Yann Coridian

Editing

Anne Weil

Sound

François Waledisch

Production

Marie Balducchi

Contact

AGAT Films et Cie

WWW

agatfilmsetcie.com

Valeria Bruni Tedeschi

As an actress, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi has interpreted numerous roles in French and Italian films. In 2003, she directed her first, largely autobiographical feature film It’s Easier for a Camel… Her subsequent films under her direction Actrices (2006) and A Castle in Italy (2013) both premiered at the Cannes International Film Festival.


Films by Valeria Bruni Tedeschi
A Castle in Italy 2013 | Actresses 2007 | It’s Easier for a Camel... 2003

Yann Coridian

Yann Coridian is a film-maker, novelist and casting director. He has published almost a dozen novels with »L’école des loisirs« and in 2013 produced his first full-length film Nuts, which was shown at international festivals. Coridian regularly writes fictional work and features for the broadcasting station »France Culture« and is currently working on an adaption of a youth novel for a television series.


Films by Yann Coridian
Ouf (Nuts) 2012 | Le baiser 2007