According to Her

According To Her.
Love, motherhood, and a musical career strike dissonant chords in this dark tale of a young migrant who tries to keep her balance among wealthy French ex-pats 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).
Released in 2017.

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According to her is a drama following Veronica, a young Russian woman who happily gives up all prospects of a brilliant career as a pianist in order to raise her son. Veronica’s choice while supported at first by her husband Paul, a New York stockbroker, slowly erodes her social status among Paul’s highly ambitious circle of friends.

Paul’s cousin, Adele, who as a French bourgeoise exudes a highbrow affectation that alienates as much as it charms, 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 rails against Veronica’s choice of putting motherhood first.

Centered on her son, Veronica fails to make friends and becomes more and more isolated in the airtight French expatriate milieu while not having the time and language skills needed to step into the wider world. 

The situation intensifies when Amanda, a successful and charming French pianist, arrives for a concert tour in New York and falls for Paul.

According To Her
Love, motherhood, and a musical career strike dissonant chords in this dark tale of a young migrant who tries to keep her balance among wealthy French ex-pats in New York.

US and Canada release:
April 3rd, 2017.
UK release:
April 6, 2017.
Europe release:
April 23, 2017.

Now available on Google Play, SFR, Vudu, Itunes, and Amazon.

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Theatrical Premieres
– World – Cinequest Film Festival (USA, 2016)
– International – International Film Festival of India (India, 2016)
– Europe – Moscow International Film Festival (Russia, 2017)

See the full festivals run and awards on IMDb.

According To Her is Discovery of the Week on  Itunes

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According To Her is now available in France on Itunes in France and all French-speaking countries under the title MÈЯE.


According To Her is also on SFR, a premium cable operator in France. Screen Shot 2018-06-01 at 1.59.29 PM.png


According To Her has been selected for
Las Cruces International Film Festival March 7th-11th 2018.
Actress Nathalie Bryant is the film’s ambassador at the festival.

Nathalie at LCIFF2 

According To Her has been selected to screen at
All Light India Dec 1st-4th 2017, Hyderabad, India.

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According To Her is at Ventana Sur, Nov 27-Dec 1st, 2017.

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According To Her got picked up by Under The Milky Way for VOD/SVOD distribution.
This French-Canadian company will release According To Her in French and in English on major platforms in over sixty countries.


Neue Baron designed by Frank Hemmekam is the font of choice for According To Her’s poster.

 According to Her has been selected for the 39th Moscow International Film Festival.


According to Her will screen at Moscow International Film Festival on the 24th of June at 7.30 pm


Estelle Artus and actress Irina Abraham at the premiere of According to Her.


According to Her screens at Moscow Film Festival

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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. 

According to Her won Best Producer and Best Music Score awardsat theBrooklyn Film Festival.
With actresses Nathalie Bryant (left) and Irina Abraham (right) in attendance.


Q&A at Brooklyn Film Festival
With actresses Nathalie Bryant (left) and Eloise Eonnet (right)
Actor Pascal Yen-Pfister in attendance.
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East Coast premiere at Brooklyn Film Festival: Monday 5 at 8:30 and Sunday 11 at 16:00

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Cast in attendance from left to right: Pascal Yen-Pfister, Eloise Eonnet, Irina Abraham, and Nathalie Bryant.


 East Coast premiere announced for According To Her at the Brooklyn Film Festival June 2-11 2017.
Screening dates coming soon.
Picture: Irina Abraham

According to Her – trailer with Pascal Yen-Pfister and Eloise Eonnet.

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According to Her is selected for international competition for Imagine India Film Festival
presented at the Spanish Institute in Madrid, May 17-31.

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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.



According to Her screens at the International Film Festival of India – IFFI Goa 2016.


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 Film Bazaar India international film market.
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Press conference – IFFI 2016


Indian press: the Sakal Times and Pandolin.
According to Her was also covered by Goa NewsThe ProkeraiaDigital Goa, Yashnews, and The Peacock.

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 screenings atIndia International Film Festival IFFI Goa.

New poster


 IFFI selection

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According to Her is selected for the 47th International Film Festival of India.


Pascal Yen Pfister, the lead male in According to Her, has been cast in Clint Eastwood’s Sully.


 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.Screen Shot 2016-04-28 at 11.43.02 AM

Special thanks to actor Jean François Poirier for joining our cast.
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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 review in Agnes films


“According to Her” showcases outstanding performances and is packed with rich visual and emotional details.

Filipe Freitas review in Always Good Movies.

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According to Her in Cineuropa featuring  Pascal Yen-Pfister, Nathalie Bryant, Vincent Verdi.

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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.

Chris Garcia’s review in Klaus at Gun Point.

Pascal Escriout and Lucas Rainey

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.

Interview in Agnes Films.

Vincent Verdi and Nathalie Bryant

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.

Angeliki Coconi review in Unsung Films.

More press reviews and pictures of the world premiere at

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At Cinequest’s panel on women directors
moderated by Robert Hawk.
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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.

Kady Lee – Cinequest Film festival press review.


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.

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Veronica (Irina Abraham) and Paul (Pascal Yen-Pfister)


Arnold Dieser (Howard Wieder) and Amanda ( Eloise Eonnet – background)


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Katerina Skakun, Eloise Eonnet, Howard Wieder, Nathalie Bryant, Helene Godec, Pascal Escriout, Ron Aldrich, Chiselle Irby (Left to Right)



Veronica (Irina Abraham) and Gael (Pascal Escriout)


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Adele (Nathalie Bryant -left) and Veronica (Irina Abraham-right)


Gael (Pascal Escriout -left) and the artist (Lucas Rainey -right)


Denis (Jean-François Poirier) and Veronica (Irina Abraham)


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Veronica (Irina Abraham)



Gael (Pascal Escriout) and Amanda ( Eloise Eonnet)


Keoshka (Keoni Abraham)


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Keoshka (Keoni) and Veronica (Irina Abraham)


Veronica (Irina Abraham -left) and her mother (Snezhana Chernova -right)


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Veronica (Irina Abraham – left) and her mother (Snezhana Chernova – right)

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Pictures credit Myriade Films


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