Wednesday, October 12 – Renoir Theatre –5:00 pm
(Screening ends at 7:10 pm)
+ Short Film Presentation: THE MIDWIFE


Presented in Association with:
TF1 Studio
Women in Film


North American Premiere | France | 2022 | Romance, Comedy, Drama | 95 min | In French with English subtitles

Directed by: Lauriane Escaffre, Yvonnick Muller
Written by: Lauriane Escaffre, Yvonnick Muller
Produced by: Foucauld Barre, Nicolas Duval Adassovsky (ADNP Quad Films), Margaux Dourdin Marciano, Hervé Ruet (BBDA Quad Productions), France 3 Cinéma, TF1 Studio
Cinematography: Antoine Sanier
Film Editing: Valérie Deseine
Original Score: René Aubry
Cast: Karin Viard (Maria), Grégory Gadebois (Hubert)Philippe Uchan (Oratio), Noée Abita, Pauline Clément, Lauriane Escaffre, Yvonnick Muller, Samira Sedira
International Sales: TF1 Studio

Consummate actor Karin Viard positively glows as Maria, a conscientious, self-effacing cleaning lady who lands a job at the prestigious Paris Beaux-Arts fine arts academy. Suddenly plunged into an enchanting new world of creative expression and freedom, Maria blossoms. She immediately strikes up a friendship with Hubert, the school’s eccentric custodian, and even becomes a life model for some of the students. Gradually moving from closeted poet to fulfilled woman, Maria must learn to unleash her passions, embrace her own inner artist, and take a major leap into the abyss of life and love.

Lauriane Escaffre  studied acting at the Cours Florent and is a graduate of La Fémis film school. Yvonnick Muller  studied screenwriting at the Conservatoire Europeéen d’Écriture Audiovisuelle. Both actors who have appeared in numerous films and TV series, they launched the Happy Collectif for actors, writers and directors in 2011, and joined forces to become a writer/director team in 2012.  They have collaborated on six short films, to date: Seconde (2012), Le Bon mélange pour la colle (2013), Mustang Sally (2014), Chèvre ou vache (2016): and By a Hair (COLCOA 2019), which was honored with a César Award for Best Short Film. Maria Into Life is their first feature. It premieres at THE AMERICAN FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL just two weeks after its successful release in France.

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