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51st Directors’ Fortnight May 15-25, 2019

Elle s’appelle Sabine

Fortnight 2007, Feature film, 1h25


A sensitive portrait of Sabine Bonnaire, a 38-year-old autistic woman, filmed by her closest sister. The film tells her story through personal footage filmed by the actress over a period of 25 years, and her life today in a suitable facility. This documentary shows us an endearing personality, whose growth and many talents were crushed by an inadequate care structure. After a tragic five-year stay in a psychiatric hospital, Sabine found a new lease on life ‘ even if these capacities remain altered ‘ in a home in the Charente region. The film exposes the penury of specialized institutions and the dramatic consequences they can lead to.


Sandrine Bonnaire

The revelation of Maurice Pialat’s 1983 film A nos amours, for which she was the César as best young hopeful, Sandrine Bonnaire has been a front-rank actress in French cinema. She has appeared in the films of Agnès Varda, Claude Chabrol, Claude Sautet, Patrice Leconte, André Téchiné, Jacques Rivette, Jean-Pierre Améris, Pierre Jolivet, among others. Elle s’appelle Sabine marks her feature-length directing debut.

Sandrine Bonnaire

Sandrine Bonnaire, Catherine Cabrol

Jean-Bernard Thomasson, Philippe Richard

Svetlana Vaynblat

Production : Mosaique Films 19, rue Béranger 75003 Paris France Tél : +33 (0)1 42 71 17 90 Fax : +33 (0)1 42 71 17 88 distribution: Wide Management 40, rue Saint Anne 75002 Paris Paris Loïc Magneron cell: +33 (0)6 60 43 96 86 Presse / Publicist : André Paul Ricci Tony Arnoux Tél : +33 (0)1 49 53 04 20 Cell : +33 (0)6 24 72 28 62