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Public release of My name is Hmmm...

After being presented at the Venice Mostra, at the New York Film Festival, at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival, at Tokyo Filmex, at Glasgow Film Festival, at Festival Femmes et Toiles and at Hong Kong Film Festival, the first feature film directed by agnès b. is released in France on Wednesday April 23rd.
First feature film directed by Agnès Troublé (aka agnès b.), Je m'appelle Hmmm... (My Name Is Hmmm…) is a fiction starring Douglas Gordon, Lou-Lélia Demerliac, Sylvie Testud, Jacques Bonnaffé, Marie-Christine Barrault and Jean-Pierre Kalfon.
Director's statement:
"I wrote Je m’appelle Hmmm… in one go, some ten years back, on an impulse, at the same time as I was carrying on with fashion design. It was Christian Bourgois who introduced me to the cinema. Later, I accidentally got hold of an old Nikon and I replaced drawing by photography. I like to catch and observe what is obvious to me, and also what others show, their gestures, habits and attitudes through interesting angles. I like rear, three-quarter and side shots.
Since the early 2000s, I have had a video camera and I shoot two- to three-minute films in which I feature my clothes in short fictions… on a very tight schedule, shooting by day, editing at night, in the four or five days before the collection is publicly disclosed.
To get back to my script, I read 10 years ago, in Le Monde, an article about an accused man who killed himself in the judge’s office, using a letter-opener. I took the liberty of inventing the story that could have led him to this desperate gesture: on the occasion of a school trip to the seaside, a 12 years old or so girl, abused by her father on a regular basis, escapes.
This is not a film about incest. It’s a story about a runaway and its consequences.
At the very beginning of the film, the act of incest is soberly, elliptically and briefly shown. The little girl escapes during a trip to the seaside and hides in a truck. Then an initiation trip begins during which the young girl discovers how [... ] +

After being presented at the Venice Mostra, at the New York Film Festival, at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival, at Tokyo Filmex, at Glasgow Film Festival, at Festival Femmes et Toiles and at Hong Kong Film Festival, the first feature film directed by agnès b. is released in France on Wednesday April 23rd.
First feature film directed by Agnès Troublé (aka agnès b.), Je m'appelle Hmmm... (My Name Is Hmmm…) is a fiction starring Douglas Gordon, Lou-Lélia Demerliac, Sylvie Testud, Jacques Bonnaffé, Marie-Christine Barrault and Jean-Pierre Kalfon.
Director's statement:
"I wrote Je m’appelle Hmmm… in one go, some ten years back, on an impulse, at the same time as I was carrying on with fashion design. It was Christian Bourgois who introduced me to the cinema. Later, I accidentally got hold of an old Nikon and I replaced drawing by photography. I like to catch and observe what is obvious to me, and also what others show, their gestures, habits and attitudes through interesting angles. I like rear, three-quarter and side shots.
Since the early 2000s, I have had a video camera and I shoot two- to three-minute films in which I feature my clothes in short fictions… on a very tight schedule, shooting by day, editing at night, in the four or five days before the collection is publicly disclosed.
To get back to my script, I read 10 years ago, in Le Monde, an article about an accused man who killed himself in the judge’s office, using a letter-opener. I took the liberty of inventing the story that could have led him to this desperate gesture: on the occasion of a school trip to the seaside, a 12 years old or so girl, abused by her father on a regular basis, escapes. 
This is not a film about incest. It’s a story about a runaway and its consequences.
At the very beginning of the film, the act of incest is soberly, elliptically and briefly shown. The little girl escapes during a trip to the seaside and hides in a truck. Then an initiation trip begins during which the young girl discovers how beautiful life, friendship and adventure can be. This is a road movie shot in France, around Bordeaux. Although she has little experience of the world, the heroine is adventurous, she wants to see and discover everything. She has found a precious friend.
The truck driver who picks her up, somewhat adrift himself – a no future character – who begins to feel a true and happy love for the little girl. He knows she will never betray her father whom she loves nonetheless. She never says a thing, believing that all dads are “like that”.
I wanted to make a film against prejudice and show that one should be careful not to make hasty judgments. You risk picking the wrong target.
I wanted to show this journey as an “out-of-time” period… and also show the intensity of their mutual love, so silent, so pure, and evident.
Of course this is not my own personal story, but I know what I’m talking about."
Produced by Love Streams agnès b. Productions. -



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