‘For 18 years, I have been filming Pénélope, a young adult with autism. One day I opened the cupboard that contained DV tapes and Super 8 reels. My eyes almost popped out. These images had to be brought together. Penelope, My Love traces the journey of a mother and her daughter through the years. It tells of different stages: the shock of the diagnosis, the declaration of war, the abdication of arms, to finally accept and discover a different mode of existence.
This body of Pénélope, and a fortiori this body of the autistic person in social space, what place does it occupy and what place do we give it? What land can cinema invent to design a hospitable space, dream of a world allowing the invisible to become visible? Pénélope keeps cheering for what she is, I keep questioning who she is. The answer to the question is precisely in this endless quest. Everything is mirrored to me. So, isn’t it Pénélope who in turn tells me who I am?’
DIRECTOR’S BIOGRAPHY & FILMOGRAPHY
After completing directing studies at the Fémis and Lee Strasberg School, Claire Doyon directed her first feature film Les Lionceaux in 2002, selected at La Quinzaine des Réalisateurs at the Cannes Film Festival. She then directed several films: Le vent souffle où il veut, Kataï, Les Allées sombres, Arsenic, Chrishna/Ombwiri. These films were selected at international festivals such as the Locarno International Film Festival, The Venice Mostra, the Turin Film Festival, the Marseille International Film Festival, the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival, Côté Court in Pantin and for which she won prizes. She directed Pénélope, a film about a journey with her daughter with autism to the borders of Mongolia, which won the Renaud Victor Prize at the FID in Marseille.
Claire Doyon is the founder of MAIA, an experimental institute created in 2007, located in Paris, currently hosting 24 children and adolescents with autism. This school promotes an experimental pedagogy inspired by various sources and tools. Today Claire Doyon is responsible for innovative projects and initiatives for adults.
CHRISHNA / OMBWIRI (2019) 13 min, documentary
ARSENIC (2017) 16 min, short fiction film
LES ALLÉES SOMBRES (2015) 22 min, fiction
PÉNÉLOPE (2012) 45 min, documentary
SON OF A GUN (2010) 12 min, fiction
KATAÏ (2009) 30 min, Ecce Films, fiction
LES ESPRITS (2006) short films with Joana Preiss, Fabien Almakiewic, and the group Sister Iodine.
SOLA PERDUTA ABANDONNATA (2008) 7 min
LES LIONCEAUX (2002) Feature film, 78 min
LE VENT SOUFFLE OU IL VEUT (1999) 30 min
PRODUCER’S BIOGRAPHY & FILMOGRAPHY
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Tamara Films is an independent production company created in 2012 by Carole Chassaing. Two partners joined her in 2020, Gérard Lacroix and Anaïs Feuillette.
Since its creation, Tamara Films has been developing documentaries and fiction at the same time. Two modes of production that differ, but are complementary, and in which we engage with the same intensity, driven above all by the strength of the projects. Within Tamara, we have chosen not to increase our productions disproportionately, in order to stay personally as close as possible with each of the films that we support. Tamara Films is a company on a human scale, which engages in projects that carry an aesthetic and values that inspire us.
Direction, image Claire Doyon
Editing Raphaël Lefèvre
Writing consultants Fred Piet, Carla Bottiglieri
Sound Claire Doyon, Olivier Schwob
Sound editing Carole Verner
Producer Carole Chassaing
Mixing Gilles Benardeau
Calibration Graziella Zanoni
Production company Tamara Films
Co-production Micro Climat Studios