Elise Girard was born in Thouars, France. She studied Applied Foreign Languages and‚ Techniques et Langage des Médias‘ (media techniques and language) at the Sorbonne in Paris before focussing on screenwriting, and subsequently writing her dissertation on Cléo de 5 à 7 by Agnès Varda. From the late 1990s, she worked in public relations and programming for Cinémas Action, run by Jean-Max Causse and Jean-Marie Rodon in Paris, which became the subject of her first documentary film. Since then, she has worked as a screenwriter and director. Following BELLEVILLE TOKYO, STRANGE BIRDS is her second feature film.