Elles / Sponsoring (France/Poland/Germany, 2011)

directed by Malgorzata Szumowska, drama, 96 min, French version
written by Tine Byrckel, Malgorzata Szumowska
with Juliette Binoche, Joanna Kulig, Anaïs Demoustier

A provocative exploration of female sexuality, Elles stars the fearless Juliette Binoche as Anne, a well-off Parisian journalist investigating the lives of two student prostitutes (Joanna Kulig and Anaïs Demoustier) for a magazine article. What begins as a routine assignment, though, quickly turns personal, as Anne is drawn into the lives of these fiercely independent young women and forced to confront her own sexual fears and desires.

"It is a fact that young female students resort to prostitution to finance their studies. In the media, the subject is treated with moral disapproval on the one hand and voyeuristic curiosity on the other. We wanted to confront this hypocrisy through an exchange of women's views: a female journalist in an enviable economic position, questioning two students who are trying to climb the social ladder." (Malgorzata Szumowska)

Gdynia FF 2011 (Best Supporting Actress)