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© Geko Films – Tempesta
La Nouvelle Femme

Léa Todorov
2023 - France / Italy - 1h54

Screenings : saturday 20 - 7:00 pm - Centre de congrès - Auditorium - presented by the film director
In 1900, Lili d'Alengy, a famous Parisian courtesan, has a shameful secret: her daughter Tina was born with a disability. Unwilling to care for a child who threatened her career, she decided to leave Paris for Rome. There she met Maria Montessori, a doctor who was developing a revolutionary teaching method for children then known as “deficient”. But Maria was also hiding a secret: a child born out of wedlock. Together, the two women help each other win their places in this male-dominated world and go on to make history.
Léa Todorov
Léa Todorov was born in Paris in 1982. She is a writer, director and producer. After studying political sciences in Paris, Vienna and Berlin, she wrote and directed documentaries, Sauver l'humanité aux heures de bureau (Saving Humanity During office Hours) (2012) and Utopie russe (2014) with Joanna Dunis. In 2015, together with directors Lila Pinell, Chloé Mahieu, Gaëlle Boucand and Aurélia Morali, she set up the production company Elinka Films and co-produced two documentaries by Gaëlle Boucand. In 2016, she co-wrote the documentary Révolution école : l'éducation nouvelle entre les deux guerres, directed by Joanna Grudzinska and co-produced by Arte. The film was screened at the Geneva International History Film Festival and the La Rochelle Film Festival. This project on alternative teaching methods was the inspiration for her first feature film, La Nouvelle Femme, about one of these teachers, the famous Maria Montessori.

Cast : Jasmine Trinca, Leïla Bekhti, Rafaelle Sonneville-Caby, Agathe Bonitzer
Screenplay : Léa Todorov
Cinematography : Sébastien Goepfert
Sound : Cédric Berger, Olivier Pelletier
Editing : Esther Lowe

Production : Geko Films, Tempesta Films

French distributor : Ad Vitam Distribution