Bernadette Lafont, and God Created the Free Woman

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    Bernadette Lafont, and God Created the Free Woman

    Bernadette Lafont et Dieu créa la femme libre

    Directed by

    • Esther Hoffenberg

    France

    2016

    65 min

    • French

    Documentary

    Cannes IFF - Cannes Classics

    A journey in the company of Bernadette Lafont, French Cinema’s most atypical actress. Tracing her career from pin-up girl, to New Wave model of sexual freedom, to drug-dealing granny in the film Paulette, by way of La Fiancée du Pirate and Les Stances à Sophie, this film pays tribute to her extraordinary life and artistic odyssey. Her grand-daughters, Anna, Juliette and Solène, revisit the dreams of Bernadette, in the family home in the Cevennes region where they, like her, grew up. Her close friends, Bulle Ogier and Jean-Pierre Kalfon, reminisce on their artistic and human complicity. Throughout the film, Bernadette Lafont in person, with her inimitable character actress voice, re-evokes a life in cinema marked with insolence, courage and freedom.

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cinematography
    Gertrude Baillot
    Editing
    Muriel Breton
    Music
    Dario Rudy
    Sales
    DOC & FILM INTERNATIONAL
    Production
    LAPSUS
    Esther Hoffenberg

    Esther Hoffenberg

    France

    Esther Hoffenberg has been working as director and producer in France since 1980. With her production company LAPSUS she has produced over 60 documentaries, including films by internationally renowned filmmakers like Vitali Kanevski, Benoît Dervaux and Philippe Costantini, as well as film collections on art and design. Since 2005, she has become increasingly involved in filmmaking, co-producing her own films. BERNADETTE LAFONT, AND GOD CREATED THE FREE WOMAN (2016) is her latest film, which premiered in the Classics selection at Cannes IFF.