France , 2020, 11'54''
Director: Melanie Akoka
Producer: Clara Sansarricq, Alexander Akoka

Synopsis: An awkward young girl, on the brink of adolescence but ignored by her mother, is left to navigate her first feelings of desire on her own when a local handyman and his horse come to fix a broken wall.

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Director: Melanie Akoka
Mélanie Akoka is a French writer, director and cinematographer of North-African descent. She graduated from the Sorbonne University in Paris where she studied philosophy before working at a post-production and film lab where she developed her passion for film. She was also a member of a contemporary dance company as dancer and choreographer before moving to New York City. She recently completed her 3rd year as a Graduate film student at NYU Tisch School of the Arts. Her latest film, Yearlings, won Best Editing award. Since she joined NYU, she served as cinematographer on over a dozen short films which played at festivals such as Sundance and SXSW. She recently won the Nestor Almendros award for best female cinematography.

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