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Synopsis

The school of La Grange aux Belles in northern Paris has a program for immigrant children (many of whom have a hesitant grasp of French) that provides intense language lessons alongside the core curriculum so the kids can ultimately matriculate into regular classes. Teacher Brigitte Cervoni, demonstrating the perfect balance of encouraging warmth and unwavering academic expectations, guides her charges through the year, cognizant of the need to be not only a teacher but also a symbol of a France ideally welcoming to all newcomers.

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Julie Bertucelli

Award

  • Best Feature-Length Documentary, Trophees Francophones du Cinema

Biography

Born in 1968, Julie Bertucelli worked as Assistant Director to a series of well-known directors including Otar Iosseliani, Krystof Kieslowski, Bertrand Tavernier, Emmanuel Finkiel and Rithy Panh. She then went on to direct a number of documentaries, all of which proved to be a considerable success. Since Otar Left is her first feature film. It won the Grand Jury Prize of the Critic's week at Cannes in 2003. She studied philosophy before being trained as a documentary filmmaker at the Ateliers Varan in Paris.