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OT: Nelly

Anne Émond // Canada, 2016
Fiction Feature // FF2016



Nelly has many faces. A celebrated and hotly discussed writer, she polarizes the French literary scene with an autobiographical novel in which she describes her experiences as a sex worker. Then there’s the eccentric, glamorous Nelly, but also the Nelly plagued by self-doubt and angst that has almost manically tried to control her image ever since her first best-seller and that yearns for approval. All these aspects also appear in her books and the border between life and work is open. Even her death she pre-empts in a book. Nelly is an unusual biopic about the Quebec writer Nelly Arcan, who died in 2009. The film translates her multiple personas in different characters, played with intensity by Mylène Mackay. A kaleidoscopic portrait of talented, broken, beautiful and restless woman.


In 2012, ANNE ÉMOND (*1982) won a Jutra, the most important film prize in Québec, for Nuit #1 for the best debut feature. In 2015, FILMFEST HAMBURG showed her film Our Loved Ones and in 2016 Nelly.




Fiction Feature





101 min

OV with German subtitles

Anne Émond

Anne Émond

Mylène Mackay, Mylia Corbeil-Gauvreau, Mickaël Gouin, Sylvie Drapeau, Catherine Brunet, Francis Leplay

Nicole Robert

Josée Deshaies

Mathieu Bouchard Malo

Dear Criminals

David Pelletier

Seville International

Films Nelly inc

Ruby Rondina, Seville International: rrondina@filmsseville.com

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