Saturday September 28 – 11:00 am – Truffaut Theatre
+ short film presentation: By a Hair
(Screening ends at 12:50 pm)

North American Premiere | France | 2019 | Comedy | 88 min | In French with English subtitles

Directed by: Marie-Sophie Chambon
Written by: Marie-Sophie Chambon, Anaïs Carpita
Cinematography: Yann Maritaud
Film Editing: Julie Dupré
Original Score: Alexandre De La Baume
Produced by: Diane Jassem, Céline Chapdaniel (Koro Films)
Cast: Laure Duchêne (Loïs), Angèle Metzger (Amélie), Pauline Serieys (Stannah), Zoé De Tarlé (Justine), Philippe Rebot (Jean-Luc), Isabelle de Hertogh (Jocelyne), Jonathan Lambert (the doctor)
International Sales: Be for Films

Ever since she was little, Lois has had but one dream in life — to become an astronaut and fly far away from this world, where she feels so out of place. Now 16, she may be a science whiz and a star student, but one thing stands in her way. Lois weighs over 200 lbs… and astronauts, she’s told, must be svelte and athletic. Marie-Sophie Chambon’s debut feature is a delicate, heartfelt dramedy about shame, acceptance, friendship, self-love and what it feels like to be an outsider. It’s also a political statement on societal assumptions about acceptable female body images. Peopled with an entire ensemble of outcasts brought to life by an especially endearing cast — including young charmer Laure Duchêne, who makes her screen début as Lois, and the ever-ebullient Philippe Rebbot, as her father — Stars By the Pound is a veritable celebration of gorgeous otherness.

As a screenwriting major at La fémis film school in Paris, writer-director Marie-Sophie Chambon co-wrote screenplays for several student films, before graduating in 2011. In 2014, she wrote and directed her first short, Princesse, which won the Best Short Film Award at the Saint-Jean-de-Luz Film Festival. In 2015, she co-wrote the script for Leyla Bouzid’s feature film As I Open My Eyes (COLCOA 2016), then went on to co-write and direct two more shorts, L’obsolescence programmée des machines and Des confettis sur le béton, which she co-directed with Oriane Bonduel. Stars By the Pound, her first feature, won the Audience Award at this year’s Mon Premier Festival, a children’s film festival in Paris.


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Be For Films

WIF (Women In Films)

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