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Anamaria Vartolomei, revelation of “L’Événement”, from the story of Annie Ernaux

In The event by Audrey Diwan, adaptation of the autobiographical story of Annie Ernaux, there is a clandestine abortion in the 60s, long before the Veil law of 1975 authorizing abortion, the path to the emancipation of a young woman who refuses an unwanted pregnancy, an organic cinema, accentuated by the square format of the image, and the position of the camera above the shoulder of the main character, and a young actress of raw talent.

“Upon reading Annie Ernaux’s book, I felt a great anger.”

Anamaria Vartolomei

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Born in Romania, arrived in France at the age of 6, Anamaria Vartolemei was only 10 years old when she started in My little princess by Eva Ionesco, more than promising beginnings, confirmed in The exchange of princesses by Marc Dugain.

In The event, Golden Lion for best film at the last Venice Film Festival, it is not only faithful to Annie Ernaux’s story, but carries with a form of quiet strength, the still current stakes of the film.

Another director who does not lack daring, Audrey Estrougo signs Supreme, the beginnings of the group NTM, before they became the darons of French rap. Solicited on many occasions, Joey Starr and Kool Shen had until then refused all the film projects they had received.

“The film asks questions: what did we miss then, and what do we do now?”

Director Audrey Estrougo

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Audrey Estrougo was able to convince them and they helped the two young actors, Sandor Funtek and Théo Christine, to take on the heavy responsibility of playing them on the screen. From intimate stages to concerts, the result is more than convincing, and there is in Supreme a look at the 80s that uncompromisingly sheds light on the present, on the suburbs where this music was born. Audrey Estrougo who grew up in Seine-Saint-Denis makes a bitter observation.

In this documentary, there is also music, young thirsty for life and unresolved political questions. Memphis-Tennessee, one of the most violent cities in the United States, the birthplace of King Elvis Presley, its black and poor population and the Stax Music Academy, built on the legendary label of the 60s, very committed against segregation.

It is there that dozens of young people come for free, every afternoon, to learn how to sing, play music, happily drawing on the soul music repertoire. A real cocoon sheltered from the dangers of the street, this school offers these kids more than an escape, together they learn to gain self-confidence, and envision a future that takes them away from the fate to which they seemed assigned.

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