Director:Mariette Monpierre
Country:Guadaloupe
Year of Production:211
Total Running Time:80 min
Language:French (with English subtitles)
Rating:PG

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ABOUT THE FILM

Bernadette, a single mother in Paris, tries to provide her daughters with everything. She is thrilled when her eldest daughter, Elza, is the first in the family to graduate from college earning a master’s degree summa cum laude. But Elza breaks her mother’s heart by running away to their native Guadeloupe in search of a distant childhood memory: the father she barely remembers. This feature debut by writer/director Mariette Monpierre offers an unusual insider’s view of lush island culture as she captures the passion and contradictions of this family.

DIRECTOR

Mariette Monpierre is a self described producer/director in media ranging from films and documentaries to web-based television.

She grew up in Guadeloupe, then Paris and eventually moved to New York to pursue her dream of being a filmmakers. She started off in advertising, eventually moved into making documentaries and now, narrative film.

Elza (also known as Creole Blues Le Bohnheur d’Elza) is her first feature length narrative film.

FROM THE FILM