According To Her
Love, motherhood, and a musical career strike dissonant chords in this dark tale of a young Russian woman who tries to keep her balance among wealthy French expats in New York.
Festivals: Cinequest Film Festival (USA), International Film Festival of India (India), Imagine India (Spain), FIAF Austin (USA), Brooklyn Film Festival (USA), Moscow International Film Festival (Russia), All Light India (India), Las Cruces International Film Festival (USA).
Awards: Best Producer, Best Musical Score – Brooklyn International Film Festival (USA), .
According to her is a drama following Veronica, a young woman from Russia who happily gives up all prospects of a brilliant career as a pianist in order to raise her son. Veronica’s choice will force her husband Paul, a New York stockbroker, to question his position among his highly ambitious circle of friends.
Paul’s cousin, Adele, who as a French bourgeoise exudes a kind of highbrow affectation that charms more than it alienates, is the storm that threatens to uproot Veronica. A high-end executive with a brilliant career and a child at a distant boarding school, Adele rages against Veronica’s choice and shakes up everything and everybody in the airtight French expatriate milieu in which the film takes place.
While fully enjoying her role as a mother, Veronica’s dependency on Paul grows, and a sense of personal dislocation sets in. The situation intensifies when Amanda, a competitive but charming French pianist, arrives for a concert tour in New York and falls for Paul.
Genre: Drama, social satire.
– World – Cinequest Film Festival (USA, 2016)
– International – International Film Festival of India (India, 2016)
– Europe – Moscow International Film Festival (Russia, 2017)
According To Her has been selected to screen at
All Light India Dec 1st-4th 2017, Hyderabad, India.
According To Her is at Ventana Sur, Nov 27-Dec 1st, 2017.
According To Her got picked up by Under The Milky Way for VOD/SVOD distribution.
This French-Canadian company will allow us an online release both in French and in English on all major platforms and in sixty countries.
It’s official: Neue Baron designed by Frank Hemmekam in 2013 will be the font of choice for According To Her’s poster. Thank you, Frank, for your talent and your generosity.
According to Her has been selected for Moscow International Film Festival.
Picture: Irina Abraham
According to Her will screen at Moscow International Film Festival on the 24th of June at 7.30 pm
in the 8th Hall of the Oktyabr Festival Centre (Novy Arbat Str., 32.
Estelle Artus and actress Irina Abraham at the premiere of According to Her
at Moscow International Film Festival.
According to Her screens at Moscow Film Festival
Q&A after the screening at Moscow International Film Festival with Irina Abraham (left).
According to Her screens in Ekaterinburg, Russia, at Echo, a MIFF satellite festival.
East Coast premiere at Brooklyn Film Festival: Monday 5 at 8:30 and Sunday 11 at 16:00
According to Her is selected for international competition for Imagine India Film Festival
presented at the Spanish Institute in Madrid, May 17-31
March 10-17 According to Her is part of the FICG32 film market in Mexico
According to Her has been selected by AF Austin ciné-club film program Julia Podgorsek McMahan
to screen at Richard Linklater Studios in Austin on February, 19th at 2pm
(photo: Estelle Artus at a post-screening Q&A)
According to Her screens at the International Film Festival of India – IFFI Goa 2016.
Parallel to IFFI, Estelle Artus attended Film Bazaar: India international film market.
Press conference – IFFI 2016
Swamped by the audience reaction to her debut feature film According to Her at the 47th International Film Festival of India, French-born film director and screenwriter, Estelle Artus, was quite relieved as she confessed that she didn’t know what to expect from an Indian audience prior to the screening. “I was not sure whether the audience here would relate to my film,” she said, addressing the audience and fielding questions on her film, which is running in the International Competition category at the festival.
Contrary to Artus’s fears, According to Her was a complete winner with respect to its universal appeal, delving into the life of a successful pianist Veronica, who happily gives up her career to embrace motherhood and raise her son.
By Sakal Times
Q&A after both screenings at India International Film Festival IFFI Goa.
Coming from Cannes, Berlin, and Locarno, According to Her is in great company at IFFI.
According to Her is selected for the 47th International Film Festival of India.
Estelle Artus full interview in Agnes Films
Veronica is a bit like the character of Jurieu in Jean Renoir’s The Rules of the Game: she is the outsider, the one who disturbs a social microcosm. More than everything else, it’s the language that makes her foreign. This is why I choose to have three languages in the film. Renoir also took risks when he gave its lead role to Nora Gregor. He chose her because of her accent (she was Austrian). In According to her, Veronica speaking Russian to her son is ‘what separates’. What ‘brings together or separates’ is at the core of my film. Of course it echoes what I saw not so much in New York, but in France, where segregation is a matter of culture and language more than in any other country in the world.
The cast of According to Her on the Movies Database.
As we watch Veronica’s emotional threads unravel, we witness a tale of a woman in conflict, torn between practicing her art, bonding with her child, and pleasing those around her. It’s an impossible task, one that weighs heavily on this story’s protagonist and causes the viewer to reflect on her own life choices in a deep thought-provoking way.
“According to Her” showcases outstanding performances and is packed with rich visual and emotional details.
Watching it, I discovered a wonderful sensation that I seldom experience in films. It’s one of being a complete outsider in a world in which you are deeply immersed. It’s a feeling that no matter what you’ve done, no matter where you are, you are not of that place.
A lot of people don’t realize how much in the dark a director is at the beginning of filming. It’s like sailing by night in high seas, you don’t see anything and everybody relies on you. What makes a director is not that he or she gives direction, it’s the ability to step in the dark and find a path while giving others a feeling of security.
Estelle Artus interview in Agnes Films.
Being in upper class New York, our characters are destined for success. Our heroine is expected to be a mother while maintaining a brilliant musical career and her slim figure. Motherhood can and should be greatly assisted by nannies and boarding schools, while the physical and financial expectations are impossible to avoid.
At Cinequest Estelle Artus is invited to a panel on women directors
moderated by filmmakers’ champion Robert Hawk.
Intelligent and provocative, Estelle Artus’ According to Her is a captivating post-modern story about a woman motivated to rediscover her musical talent while navigating the demands of maternity.
World Premiere at Cinequest Film Festival March 2016
Just before reaching the pinnacle of fame, Veronica, a brilliant pianist, must decide between seizing the chance at eternal notoriety or sacrificing it all to raise her son. Distraught by her dilemma, she retreats into an indefinite hiatus from performing. Just before becoming complacent as a homemaker, she meets Amanda, an alluring, promising, and younger pianist who threatens Veronica’s return to the music world and disrupts the family.
Premiere pictures with actress Nathalie Bryant.
According to Her World Premiere
Cinequest Film Festival.
Director and producer Estelle Artus and actress Nathalie Bryant will be attending all the screenings and Q&As.
- World premiere Saturday March 5 at 6:30p.m. Camera 12 – 201 S Second St, San Jose, CA.
- Monday March 7 at 7:00p.m. Hammer Theater, San Jose, CA.
- Wednesday March 9 at 12:00p.m. Camera 12 – 201 S Second St, San Jose, CA.
Pictures credit Myriade Films