Very pleasant evening yesterday at the opening of the "Women's Rights & Cinema" festival (Women's Rights and Film), whose partner was the Azerbaijani Embassy and the Amis de l'Azerbaïdjan, in the projection room of the National Assembly!
What a joy to see a film at the Palais Bourbon! . A beautiful festival that talks about women, their rights and their place in society, gender equality. And there is still so much to do!
As Marilyn Monroe said: "The woman who seeks to be equal to the man lacks ambition".
It was an opportunity for great encounters or reunions.
With the German director of the projected film, first of all; the talented Petra Lüschow.
Her film, "Good girl gone bad" (Petting statt pershing), is a smart and funny little gem, where she tackles deep subjects with humour.
Actresses Christina Grosse & Anna Florkowski are amazing.
Also, it was a pleasure to see my friend Mirvari Fataliyeva, President of the House of Azerbaijan in Paris, and her friend, Behzad Badie Modiri, a plastic surgeon, and Lili Wan, Director of Public Relations for the festival. Mirvari introduced me to the talented Lebanese director Khalil Dreyfus Zaarour, whose first film "Nour" had caused a sensation. A little masterpiece.
Also present was the president of the jury of the last edition, the excellent Italian actress and playwright Maria Pitarresi, who will soon be on the stage!
A beautiful evening followed by a cocktail party marking the success of this beginning of the festival.
I can't wait to see what happens next!
"Good girl gone bad"
The story of the film:
Seventeen-year-old Ursula feels misunderstood by everyone in her small town. Like many girls her age, she fantasizes about exploring her sexuality with the local boys, but instead finds herself the victim of cruel jokes by her peers. Her parents are too distracted by their own material issues to pay her much attention. But just when it feels like she’s hit rock bottom, a smooth-talking substitute teacher, Siegfried Grimm, comes to town and rocks her world. With his lessons of nonviolent resistance movements and self-liberation, Grimm is the only man who seems to understand Ursula–and to make her feel special… but she’s not the only one receiving special treatment. As Ursula slowly discovers that the polyamorous Grimm is seducing half the women in town, including her own mother, she hatches a plan for revenge. Set in West Germany in the 1980s, GOOD GIRL GONE BAD is a quirky coming-of-age comedy made up of hilariously absurd moments that will have you laughing until it hurts.