Romy, 23, investigates her parents’ divorce, with the help of a friend behind the camera. A liberating half-musical/half-documentary roadmovie, between mental disorders, Shoah, terrible secrets and a fierce will to live.
Romy hasn’t seen her father nor his side of the family since her parents divorced about 10 years ago. Meanwhile, she has developed a strong chemistry with her mother, founder of the “LOL” Brand.
In the middle of an existential crisis, she decides to go visit her father in Brussels and lead an investigation on the reasons behind the divorce.
Anaïs, a close friend of hers – child of divorced parents as well – offers to join and film the reunion. However, this investigation retracing her past will reveal a number of unspoken things. An adventure that will turn out to be liberating, travelling through the Shoah, family secrets and a fierce will to live.
– Director and singer –
Romy was born in Brussels and grew up in France. She left school at 14 to sing and develop a musical series. Her first music video was « MOI JTE DIS LOL », an internet sensation. After a literary bachelor, she directed at 17, a short movie called “Lol & les Lolies”, rewarded at the Festival Ptit Clap 2011 (hosted by Arnaud Tsamère). This short film helped her sign with Telfrance Group and gave her reasons to move further. She then got admitted to Levallois Conservatory with a ‘Musical’ specialization, before joining Luc Besson’s Film School in Paris. There, she co-directed the web-serie “The Lolies” (15 x 2), which tells the adventures of a funny monoparental « mother and daughter » duet. Later, she wrote a TV script (‘Backseat Driver’), signed by Fullum Films (Canada), followed up by work opportunities in Sydney for an internship at Spinifex and in Los Angeles at EuropaCorp. Romy is writing songs and contributes to some script-related activities (For Ruben Amar, Audrey Diwan, Micha Wald). She met Anais on her short film. Their chemistry has inspired this first musical film.
– Co-director –
Thrilled by photography and video, Anais joined Avignon’s Ecole des Beaux-Arts. She pursued her way through Sorbonne University and received a Master degree in Philosophy. She wrote a thesis on language and history in Benjamin Walter’s work. In 2013, she started film production as a director’s assistant in many films, among them “Bad girls” by Arnaud Khayadjanian (2014 -1,3 million views) and “La Fin” by François Nolla & Hugo Hubert (2015) nominated in many festivals, including Los Angeles. She learned on the field, as well as self-taught herself, framing and editing techniques. Having a keen interest in documentary films, she joined the company “Films d’Ici” in September 2014 for two consecutive internships, one in distribution and the other one in Production. In 2017, she joined the crew of a feature-film « La Fable du Coq », as a director’s assistant, DOP and editor. She met Romy on her first short film “Bonne Fête Maman”’s set. Their chemistry, combined with their similar family setting have been a strong source of inspiration in order to make this movie. Following this experience, Anaïs created Griotte Films to create biographical videos on request.
Directors • Romy Trajman, Anaïs Straumann-Lévy
DOP • Anaïs Straumann-Lévy
Original songs • Romy Trajman, Alexandre de la Baume, Marielle Sade
DOP (musical parts) • Margaux Bellynck, François Nolla
Editing • Romy Trajman, Anaïs Straumann-Lévy, Marielle Sade
Editing consultations • Micha Wald, Dora Moutot, Mathyas Verress
Editing assistantship, Graphic design, VFX • Anais Belluet
Post-Production • Les films de la Récré (Boris Baum), Le Studio Hotline (Aline Bernard)
Post-Production supervision • Romy Trajman
Sound editing • Paul Lévy and Johnny Wlouvel
Production assistantship • Marie Volkenner (Kwassa), Juliette Lytovchenko and Célia Angelier (Daguerre)
Granted by the SACEM and les Ateliers du festival Premiers Plans d’Angers.
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Victor Shapiro enjoys to mix indie documentaries and big-budget films, with a deep taste for daring and strong storytelling. He produced the documentaries « Fishing without Nets » (Sundance 2014 – Jury’s Prize), ‘Méditerranea‘ by Jonas Carpignano (Cannes 2015), followed in 2018 by «Bullet Head» (With Antonio Banderas, John Malkovitch and Adrian Brody). Recently, «IO», and « TREAD » (2020), both broadcasted on Netflix.
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