A Girl from Ouessant (France,Belgium)

Une fille de Ouessant

A Girl from Ouessant

  • Éléonore Saintagnan


At the tip of Brittany, the island of Ouessant—a grassy heathland swept by sea winds—is the last land before America. Given its geographical situation, it is a place that opens wide the doors of imagination. A Girl from Ouessant is an invented and, at the same time very documented, cartography of the island. This methodical statement starts as the diary of Éléonore Saintagnan, the resident artist-filmmaker at the Créac’h semaphore station, an ideal site for observing the surrounding area. Then, the account shifts towards a playful mise en scène, peopled with sailors’ wives, kelp burners, stories of little black sheep or countless shipwrecks… Drawing on the regional archives filmed in black and white dating from a time when the island lived mainly from fishing, the game begins. In a “If I’d lived in these times, I’d have been a sailor’s daughter…” style, the director takes us far away, to a world in which historical reality is nourished by personal mythology, to imagined places, and where, by projecting ourselves, we start to feel the salty sea spray on our face.
Madeline Robert
Length: 28'
Country: France, Belgium
Year: 2018
Language(s): French
Premiere status at VdR: World Premiere
VdR edition : 2018
VdR award(s) : Sesterce d'argent Fondation Goblet, Meilleur court métrage VdR2018


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Language(s):  French
Subtitles:  English
  • Sunday 15 April
  • 14:00
Capitole Leone

Followed by a discussion

  • Monday 16 April
  • 10:30
  • Saturday 21 April
  • 10:30
Grande Salle (Salle Communale)

Rediffusion du meilleur court et du meilleur moyen métrage de la Compétition Internationale 2018 | Replay of the best short and best medium length film of the International Competition 2018