Exploring mother/daughter relationships through generations, Hidden Diary is a portrait of three women facing the challenges of womanhood and the weight of family secrets. Audrey (Marina Hands, Lady Chatterley), a pregnant and independent thirty-year old living abroad in Canada, is visiting her parents in the small French town where she was born. Family secrets start unraveling when she finds the diary of her grandmother Louise (Marie-Josée Croze, Someone I Loved (COL•COA 2009), The Diving Bell And The Butterfly, Munich), who according to family legend, left her family and never returned. As she questions her difficult relationship with her mother Martine (cinema icon Catherine Deneuve) and her own future as a mother, Louise’s secret seems to hold the answers to all her questions.
COLCOA / April 22 at 6 pm
West Coast Premiere
In French with English subtitles
Directed by: Julie Lopes-Curval
Written by: Julie Lopes-Curval, Sophie Hiet
Cinematography by: Philippe Guilbert
Editing by: Anne Weil
Music by: Patrick Watson
Produced by: Alain Benguigui, Thomas Verhaeghe
Production Company: Sombrero Films
Coproduction: France 3 Cinéma
JULIE LOPES-CURVAL started writing and directing plays while taking acting classes at the cours Florent. Following a first script for Adolescents, a commissioned film, she wrote and directed her first short film, Mademoiselle Butterfly, in 2001. Her first feature as writer-director, Seaside was screened at the Cannes Directors’ Fortnight in 2002 and won the Caméra d'or. Her following film Toi et Moi (2005), a romantic comedy starring Marion Cotillard and Julie Depardieu, was recently released on DVD in the U.S. Her writing credits also include A Great Little Business and The Role of Her Life, which won the Best Screenplay award at the 2004 Montréal World Film Festival.