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


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.


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.