Une mère

One Mother

When director Mickaël Bandela was six months old, his biological mother Gisèle, who lived in France, handed him over to his foster mother Marie-Thérèse, who cared for him for almost twenty years. Though he stayed in touch with Gisèle, visits were always irregular. Now Mickaël is 35 and about to found his own family. It could be the perfect moment to include Gisèle into his life as a grandmother. But she decides to return to her old Congolese home. Mickaël tries to understand – the woman who gave birth to him, the woman he grew up with and himself. His autobiographical film turns into a fragmented search for the traces of memories of his own becoming. (Borjana Gaković, DOK Leipzig)

Director's Filmography (Selection)
Une mère (2022, doc) - Scenes d'un placement familial (2021, doc) - Aimé (2013, mid-length doc, co-directed with Julien Scheidle)
Crossing Europe VOD · Competition Documentary 2023
Mickaël Bandela
France 2022
87 minutes
OV with English subtitles
Screenplay Mickaël Bandela
Cinematography Mickaël Bandela
Editing Mickaël Bandela
Sound/Sounddesign Mickaël Bandela
Music Thomas Schwab
Producer(s) Marina Perales Marhuenda, Xavier Rocher, Mickaël Bandela
La Fabrica Nocturna Cinéma, Ruska films
Austrian Premiere
World Premiere
DOK Leipzig 2022

Crossing Europe VOD Streaming Service
01.05. - 31.05.2023, online