Antonia's Line, Oscar winner for Best Foreign Language Film
Presentation of the film Antonia's Line, 1996 Oscar winner for Best Foreign Language Film, on the occasion of its release in France. The film's director, Marleen Gorris, is interviewed regarding her intentions, and she meets with Claudia Cardinale who liked and supported the film very much.
The fourth feature film of the Dutch filmmaker Marleen Gorris (born in 1948) joins the resolutely feminist ranks that she bolsters with A Question of Silence (1982). In 1995, she finally gained international recognition with Antonia and her daughters, that won the Oscar for best foreign film.
The intrigue of Antonia and her daughters has no kind of deep theory: Antonia, over 40, comes back to her village after the war with her daughter Danielle. A widowed neighbour asks for her hand in marriage but she refuses, to his great surprise. Danielle, picking up her Fine Arts studies again, wants a child without getting married, she opts for a brief encounter with a stranger. Yet the simplicity and the frankness of the film and its characters generate enthusiasm.
Like the actress Claudia Cardinale - who emphasises the very rare central role of female characters in cinema - other actresses praise Marleen Gorris, like Eileen Atkins and Vanessa Redgrave, who pushed her to adapt Mrs Dalloway by the feminist author Virginia Woolf for the cinema in 1997.