Nana, awarded the prize for best debut at the Locarno Film Festival, sees the world from the standpoint of an independent four-year-old girl in the French countryside. When she comes home one day, she finds the house empty. There is no explanation for the disappearance of her mother, so the viewer has no idea about the adult world - just like the little girl, who goes her own way.
She manages very well, thank you. She dresses herself, heads into the woods, jumps over a stream, eats a sandwich. The dandelions and the moss are like a great adventure for her, nor does she shut her eyes at the sight of a dead hare or a slaughtered pig.
Nana exchanges an explicit narrative line for a relaxed look at the primeval instincts of a child who is allowed to be herself, without adults to project their ideas on her. The refined lighting and clever compositions betray Massadian’s background as a photographer; she worked with Nan Goldin for a long time.

Filmmaker
Valérie Massadian
Country
France
Year
2011
Medium
35mm
Length
68’
Language
French
Producer
Sophie Erbs
Production Company
Gaijin
Sales
Gaijin
Writer
Valérie Massadian
Cinematography
Valérie Massadian, Léo Hinstin
Editor
Dominique Auvray, Valérie Massadian
Sound Design
Olivier Dandré, Jonathan Laurent
Cast
Kelyna Lecomte, Marie Delmas
Website
http://www.gaijin.fr/GAIJIN/NANA_film_valerie_massadian.html