French selection

Madame Baurès

Mehdi Benallal

2019France17 minColour

J’ai croisé Raymonde Baurès quand j’avais 18 ans. Elle en avait 60. Je n’ai jamais oublié sa fierté de se dire communiste. Près de vingt ans plus tard, elle m’appelle au téléphone, et nous nous revoyons. Pendant des mois, elle me raconte son enfance et son engagement, l’usine, la guerre, l’exil… Nous avons préparé un film ensemble, mais Raymonde est morte avant le début du tournage. À travers l’histoire de notre rencontre, ce film veut lui rendre hommage. I met Raymonde Baurès when I was 18. She was 60 then. I have this deep recollection of her pride when she referred to her as a communist. Almost twenty years later, she called me on the phone and so we met again. For months, she told me about her childhood and her commitments… The factory, the war, the exile… We were preparing a film together, but Raymonde died before the shooting began. Through the story of our meeting, this film wants to pay tribute to her.

As a student at the La Fémis film school, Mehdi Benallal directed his documentary, 3 2 1 (Trois deux une) (2001), and several short fiction films. His documentary es­say To the dreamers all the trump cards in your hands was shown at the 2011 Cinéma du réel. His short autobiographical documentary, Bois d’Arcy, screened at the 2013 Cinéma du réel. He then directed The Blue Hand, a short fiction film, and The Epimodernist, a burlesque fantasy.

  • PRODUCTION : Guillaume Massart (Triptyque Films), Pierre Bompy (Triptyque Films)