The film: Just before reaching the pinnacle of fame and freshly arrived in New York from Russia, Veronica happily gives up her career as a pianist to raise her son. Despite constant pressures from her husband Paul, a French stockbroker, she retreats into an indefinite hiatus from performing while fully enjoying her role as a mother. But without a salary or an independent work identity, Veronica’s dependency on Paul grows and a sense of personal dislocation sets in. The question of going back on stage arises more painfully when she meets Amanda, an alluring, promising, and younger pianist from Paris, who soon falls for Paul.
The Director: Estelle Artus is a French-born film director and screenwriter living in New York. She graduated with a Ph.D. from Sorbonne University in Paris where she taught visual arts and won acclaim for her short films before moving to the USA. In 2016 Estelle directed her debut feature: According to Her, which premiered at Cinequest Film Festival and went on to screen at Moscow International Film Festival and India International Film Festival among others. She has been nominated for the NBC Universal Emerging Director Program the same year, received a Best Producer award from BFF in 2017, and has been shortlisted for Toronto International Film Festival Talent Lab. Estelle is currently in development of her second narrative feature based on a Final Draft competition finalist screenplay of her own.
– World – Cinequest Film Festival (USA, 2016)
– International – International Film Festival of India (India, 2016)
– Europe – Moscow International Film Festival (Russia, 2017)
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Genre: Drama, social satire.