Anne-Sophie Birot studied screenwriting at the Femis Film School in France. When her short script, Une Vague Idée de la Mer, (1996), was accepted at the National Center for Cinematography, she took the leap and decided to direct it herself. For the resulting short film (about three young girls), Birot was awarded the Young Director Prize at the Clermont-Ferrand Film Festival. She then directed Moteur, Action, Indiscretions, a documentary film on the making of Claude Chabrol's Au Coeur du Mensonge (1997). GIRLS CAN'T SWIM, her first feature film, has met with enthusiastic praise at the Montreal and Toronto Film Festivals, as well as at Rendez-Vous with French Cinema at Lincoln Center in New York. Birot has this to say about the film: "Adolescence can kill you ... The film is a tragedy in the sense of a classic tragedy. Very early on in the film, we know it's going to end badly and that we're heading straight for a brick wall." Anne-Sophie Birot is currently completing her second feature-length screenplay.
Note: This profile was written in or before 2002.
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