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Made of Flesh

Directed by Florence Rochat & Séréna Robin
Narrative Short
France | 18:55 | 2022

With a touch of blush and a few drops of lip gloss, Lucie is getting ready to start her training day to become a hostess at a motor show. A lifelong car enthusiast, she has the secret hope of being noticed by the prestigious EBBE brand. However, she is unaware that the training has only one true goal: to make her and the other 15 girls into premium women.

The subject of this film was important to me in several aspects. Issues related to women and stories based on female characters are my main concern. The initial spark for making this movie was struck when I heard from one of my relatives who is a driver that a woman hits the windows of trucks at a certain place on the road at night.
The issue of female sex workers exists as a social harm in our third world countries(undeveloped countries), but it’s denied, and this denial creates more harm. I wanted to draw my audience’s attention to these women in this film. On the other hand, the issue of rape of relatives is usually not revealed in our society due to the silence of the victim, and there are numerous women who have lost their future and their souls from these rapes. The woman in my film, however, does not want to be a victim anymore …

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Made of Flesh - Florence RochatFlorence Rochat

After studying literature and cinema at the Sorbonne-Nouvelle, Florence Rochat devoted herself to writing and directing. She developed several short film projects, including Made in Flesh (Poupées de chair), which she directed in 2022, produced by Les Films du Cygne and Cookies films, pre-purchased by Canal+. She also co-wrote Jonathan Millet’s first feature film Les Fantômes, produced by Films Grand Huit, winner of the Moulin d’Andé Francophone residency, Groupe Ouest, Emergence and the Grand Prix 2022 at the Prix du Scénario (formerly Sopadin). At the same time, she works as a lecturer at the Cinémathèque Française and is about to publish a book of interviews of Alain Bergala on cinema.

Made of Flesh - Serena Robin Séréna Robin

At the Sorbonne-Nouvelle University Paris 3, Séréna combined her two passions with a double degree in Modern Literature and Cinema. She then began writing short film scripts. Made in Flesh (Poupées de chair), pre-purchased by Canal+ and co-produced by Les Films du Cygne and Cookies Films, is her first fiction film. In parallel, she has written and directed several documentary films. She is currently shooting her next two documentaries: Les Nouvelleaux and Les Sorcières de Sarcelles (2022).

Film Information

Director: Florence Rochat, Séréna Robin
Country: France, Belgium
Year: 2022
Language: French
Runtime: 18:55
Rated:  PG-13


Writer: Florence Rochat, Séréna Robin
Producer: Jonathan Hazan, Laurent Denis
Director of Photography: Alexandra de Saint Blanquat
Editor: Youri Tchao Debats
Composer: Thibault Picard

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BIFF - Beloit International Film Festival
BIFF | Beloit International Film Festival