Official Selection


by Fabienne Berthaud
France, 2019, 100', color, DCP
Screenplay: Fabienne Berthaud, Claire Barré
Thursday 29 August 2019
09:00 Sala Perla Press, Industry
Friday 30 August 2019
17:00 Sala Perla Tickets, All Accreditations
Followed by Q&A
Tuesday 03 September 2019
22:00 Sala Perla 2 All Accreditations


based on Mon initiation chez les chamanes
by Corine Sombrun

Nathalie Durand
Simon Jacquet
Valentin Hadjadj
Fabrice Osinski
Paul Heymans
Thomas Gauder
production design
Eve Martin
Mimi Lempicka

Cécile de France
Narantsetseg Dash
Tserendarizav Dashnyam
Ludivine Sagnier
Arieh Worthalter

Carole Scotta
Christine Palluel
Barbara Letellier
Haut et Court
3X7 Productions
(Telfrance group)

world sales
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press office
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In order to get over the death of Paul, the love of her life, Corine leaves Paris for a few weeks to direct a project in Mongolia. But her meeting with the shaman Oyun upends her plans, as Oyun proclaims that Corine has received a rare gift and must be trained in shamanic traditions. Back in France, she cannot refuse what is now imposed on her: she must go back to Mongolia to begin her initiation... and discover a bigger world.



2019 Un monde plus grand (A Bigger World)
2015 Sky 
2010 Pieds nus sur les limaces (Lily Sometimes
2006 Frankie

A novelist, screenwriter and director, Fabienne Berthaud, after making two shorts, went on to direct three feature films. Frankie, her debut film in 2006, starring Diane Kruger (who would also star in her next two films), received critical acclaim and was well received on the festival circuit. It was followed by Lily Sometimes, based on one of her novels and selected for the 2010 Director's Fortnight, where it won the Art Cinema Award; and Sky, her first English-language film. A Bigger World is Berthaud's fourth feature film. In parallel to her career in films, Berthaud has published the novels Cafards (1994), Moi par exemple (1999), Mal partout (1999), Pieds nus sur les limaces (2004), and Un Jardin sur le ventre (Prix Françoise Sagan, 2011).

"I imagined a monochrome organic world, spectral and mysterious. And I sought inspiration in the work of Artavazd Pelešjan. It's a world made up of sensations more than representations, so I worked on the story, the shadows, and the blurred images, deforming the real ones. Sound also plays a key role in the film: the sonar vibrations of the shamans' drums, the animals' breathing, their hooves trodding on the ground...I want the audience to have a physical experience, feeling rather than seeing." [Fabienne Berthaud]

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