Official Selection


Léonor Serraille | France | 2022 | 117 min.
V.O. in French subtitled in Spanish and English

Rose arrives in France from the Ivory Coast with two of her sons, Jean and Ernest, and a whole life ahead of her. In her second feature film, Léonor Serraille constructs a close, detailed and non-paternalistic chronicle of the life of an immigrant family in contemporary Europe. A chronicle of the Afro-European experience from the complementary perspectives of the three main characters, a lively yet unstable mother, and the two sons seeking their place in a country that does not make things easy for them. Marion Burger took the Best Young Film Technician Award at Cannes for the production design that transports viewers through three decades of domestic life in France.

Direction: Léonor Serraille
Screenplay: Léonor Serraille
Cinematography: Hélène Louvart
Editing: Clémence Carré
Music: Thibault Deboaisne
Sound: Anne Dupouy
Cast: Annabelle Leng, Stéphane Bak,  Ahmed Sylla, Kenzo Sambin
Production: Sandra da Fonseca
Production Company: Blue Monday Productions, France 3 Cinéma
Distributor: Vertigo Films
International Sales: mk2 films

Lyon, 1986. After studying Literature in Lyon, Paris and Barcelona, she graduated in Screenwriting from La Fémis in 2009. Upon  graduation, Serraille made a 16mm medium-length film with Nathalie Richard, Body, which was selected at the festivals of Brive, Créteil and Osnabrück. Young Woman, based on her end-of-degree script and starring Laetitia Dosch, was her feature film debut, a project that won the Caméra d’Or at Cannes in 2017. Mother and Son, her second feature, premiered in the Official Section of Cannes in 2022.