Valerie Gaudissart’s affection goes to characters of utopian determination who chase after their ideals, and to free spirits whose explorations of their feelings get them out of step with those around them. Valerie has directed for the theater, done documentaries for Arte, made films in prisons… and directs fictional works.
Her three short films, “Weightless”, “Insomnia”, and “Celeste” have all been awarded prizes in festivals. They reveal what certain human beings, in particular certain women, are capable of inventing to redo the world and make their lives less serious and more complicated. Which is certainly the case for Valerie who is finishing “Ich bin eine Terroristin”, her first feature film, and is actively writing her second one.
Celeste (2005, 45 min.) Celeste talks, smokes, and works like a man. She forgets that her belly is getting round. In the night she goes out wandering. One day, she will show off her secret to the open sky. Spectators’ choice, Brive, 2005. Best scenario, Brest, 2005. Press prize, Clermont-Ferrand, 2005. Selected for the Cesar awards, 2006.
Insomnia (Mes insomnies, 2001, 30min.) Some go off on honeymoons. Solange takes off alone when she is left by Michel; to Saint-Michel on Orge, to Saint-Michel by the Sea, to Mount Saint-Michel… May all these places who carry the name of her lover know that she has in her mouth a wound full of blood… Grand Prix, Festival of Brest, 2001 Audience Prize, Prize for Best Actress, Prize for Best Original Screenplay, Special Mention of the Jury, Festival of Pantin, 2002.
Weightless (Apesanteurs, 2000, 21 min.) Agnes gets leave from prison to attend to a death in the family. She strays through the Paris streets… Grand Prix, Cinecourt, 2000 Lutins de la Presse, 2000 Best Actress, Clermont-Ferrand, 2000