11/25/2023 03:00 pm – Caligari FilmBühne

France 2023 83 min Original version with English subtitles

by Marie Amachoukeli

Script: Marie Amachoukeli, DoP: Inès Tabarin, Editor: Suzana Pedro, Music: Fanny Martin, Producer: Bénédicte Couvreur, Production: Lilies Films, Animation: Marie Lyet, Pierre-Emmanuel Lyet, Cast: Louise Mauroy-Panzani, Ilça Moreno Zego, Abnara Gomes Varela, Fredy Gomes Tavares, Arnaud Rebotini
Six-year-old Cléo loves her nanny Gloria, who has raised her since birth, more than anything. The girl lives with her father in Paris, but spends most of her time with Gloria. When Gloria suddenly has to urgently return home to the Cape Verde Islands to take care of her own children, Cléo asks Gloria to promise that they will meet again as soon as possible. And so, on her next vacation, little Cléo travels to Cape Verde to join Gloria and her family for one last summer together.

ÀMA GLORIA, as an autobiographical tale, lets us watch the world from the perspective of a big-hearted child and thereby reveals the contrast of the shown cultures. In France, parents have enough money but too little time for their children. In Cape Verde, parents have more time but too little money to offer their children a perspective.

Marie Amachoukeli, born in Paris in 1979, is a French director and screenwriter. She graduated from La Fémis film school in Paris. Her feature debut PARTY GIRL was the opening film at the 2014 Cannes International Film Festival in the section “Un Certain Regard” and was awarded the Caméra d’Or. In 2018, she was a member of the Caméra d’Or jury herself. Her second feature film ÀMA GLORIA opened the “Semaine de la Critique” section at Cannes this year.

Filmography (selection): 2008 FORBACH (short film; co-direction with Claire Burger), 2014 PARTY GIRL (co-direction with Claire Burger and Samuel Theis), 2016 I WANT PLUTO TO BE A PLANET AGAIN (short film), 2023 ÁMA GLORIA

Awards (selection): The Nechama Rivilin Award for Best International Film (Jerusalem Film Festival, Israel 2023)

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