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51st Directors’ Fortnight May 15-25, 2019

Bureaux de Dieu (Les)

Fortnight 2008, Feature film, 2h02


Djamila wants to start taking the Pill because things with her boyfriend are getting serious. Zoe’s mother gives her condoms but calls her a whore. Nedjma hides her pills outside, because her mother searches her bag. Helen thinks she’s too fertile. Clemence is afraid. Adeline wants to keep it, Margot too. Maria Angela wants to find out who got her pregnant. Ana Marie has chosen love and liberty. Anne, Denise, Marta, Yasmine, Milena are counselors who receive and listen to all these women wonder how sexual freedom is possible. Here, everyone laughs and cries and is overwhelmed. They dance, smoke on the balcony. They come incognito to recount their story, be it ordinary or incredible.


Claire Simon

Born in London. She came to the cinema as an editor and at the same time made shorts independently. She discovered direct cinema technique at the Ateliers Varan and directed several prize-winning documentary films. in 1997, she presented her first feature film, Sinon, oui, at the Directors Fortnight. After some theater work, she returned to documentaries with 800 km de différence – romance et Mimi (Berlin Film Festival, 2003), which both enjoyed theatrical release. Her second fiction feature, Ça brûle, was shown in the Fortnight in 2006.

Anne Alvaro
Béatrice Dalle
Emmanuel Mouret
Isabelle Carré
Lolita Chammah
Marceline Loridan Ivens
Marie Laforêt
Michel Boujenah
Nathalie Baye
Nicole Garcia
Rachida Brakni

Claire Simon, Natalia Rodriguez, Nadège Trébal

Philippe Van Leeuw, Claire Simon

Olivier Hespel

Julien Lacheray

Arthur Simon

Set decoration
Raymond Sarti

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