Tiens moi droite

Keep me upright

“When I was a child they found I had a giant S-shaped scoliosis of the spine and a large angioma of the left brain. These conditions prevented my carrying anything heavy and gave me ophthalmic migraines. Under pressure, I started to draw. Later, when I rediscovered these drawings, I decided to make a film all by myself, with no crew and as little gear as possible in order not to overburden my back: just one small camera with built-in mike and a computer to edit on. I spent five years harvesting images, assembling, erasing and ordering them to tell this tale of one little woman and soulmates: a tale that builds gradually over time, around spine and angioma and has become my way of handling the spokes in my wheel.” (Zoé Chantre)

Director's Biography
Zoé Chantre, born 1981 in Tulle, France. From 2002 to 2007 she studied at the École supérieure des arts décoratifs (E.S.A.D.) in Strasbourg. Since then she has published several books and made a number of short films. TIENS MOI DROITE is her first feature-length film and was screened at the Berlinale 2012. // Films (Selected): PIPI (2000, short), JEAN-LOUIS. PORTRAIT OF A COLLECTOR (2004, short, in cooperation with Alexandra Pianelli), LE CARNAVAL DE TORRES VEDRAS (2009, short), LE MUR DE CHERCHEURS (2011, short), TIENS MOI DROITE (Keep Me Upright, 2011)
European Panorama Documentary 2012
Zoé Chantre
France 2011
65 minutes
OV with English subtitles
Screenplay Zoé Chantre
Cinematography Zoé Chantre
Editing Zoé Chantre
Sound/Sounddesign Zoé Chantre
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