I Was Still There When You Left Me by Marie Mc Court

Lila, 7 years old, is saved by Karim, her young neighbour, from a fire she thinks she started. They take shelter in an apartment from where they see their tower burning. But when Karim realises his friend is still in the building, he wants to go back.

Student Academy Award Winner / Shortlisted for the BAFTA Student Film Awards. Selected at San Sebastian International Film Festival 2019, Flickerfest 2021, Busan International Short Film Festival 2020, Festival Regard 2020, Côté Court 2020, Festival International du Film Francophone de Namur 2019…

About The Author

Marie Mc Court is a Franco-Danish director. In 2019, she graduated from her Masters degree in Directing at the Institut des Arts de Diffusion (IAD) in Belgium. Her graduation film, I Was Still There When You Left Me, shot with first time actors, won at the Student Academy Awards and was screened at prestigious film festivals worldwide, winning multiple awards. Festival selections include: San Sebastián International Film Festival, Regard Film Festival, Busan International Short Film Festival, Côté Court, Festival International du Film Francophone de Namur and many more… While developing her first feature and second short film, she’s also doing street casting. Marie gets a lot of inspiration from the people she meets there and uses improv on set to incorporate details of reality in her work. She builds her characters on the basis of real life stories, creating sensory experiences embedded in more dramatic social issues and intimate problems. She writes immersive films to use empathy as a tool to break the silent agreement for violence. She’s very inspired by the work of Lynne Ramsay, the Safdie brothers, Ruben Östlund, James Blake and Toni Morrison.

Director: Marie MC COURT. Screenplay: Marie MC COURT and Abdoulkarim HAMADI. Casting director: Maja Ajmia Yde ZELLAMA. DOP: Mélanie JACQUES. Operator: Oscar HAEZENBERGHE. 1st assistant camera: Samuel CHOCTEAU. 2nd assistant camera: Maëlle CORBELET PARADIS. Gaffer: Vincent NOUGIER. Best boy electric: Lalie GILIS and Martin VERVISCH. Key grip: Julien LIZEN. Grip: Guillaume UTEZA. Boom operator: Victor CONNAN. Sound recordist: Owen ROSE. Editor: Lucie FLOC’H LEVI. Sound editor: Hugo BECKER and Lewis DELSAUX. Sound mixer: Lewis DELSAUX Original soundtrack and sound design: Rowan VAN HOEF. Colorist: Robin ZSCHAU. Visual effects: Thomas SCOURNEAU. Script girl: Margot GUY. Props: Alexine LIBRE. Make-up artist: Clara BAUDUIN. Set designer: Camille LEYS. Dresser: Rojin AÇILAN and Femi KIDJO. 1st assistant director: Ilya JACOB. 2nd assistant director: Hugo SALVAIRE. Logistics: Manon SERVAIS. Production manager: Sandy LARDINOIS.


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