Exclusive behind the scenes video from Oscar shortlisted film ‘Rise of a Star’ starring Catherine Deneuve

Director James Bort, Writer Stéphane Landowski and Producer Boris Mendza’s beautiful film tackles the difficult subject of female empowerment. This powerful tale introduces Dorothée Gilbert (Prima Ballerina at Paris Opera Ballet), and features the iconic Oscar nominated actress, Catherine Deneuve.

Rise of a Star follows Dorothée Gilbert as Emma, who is about to be the new Ballerina, but something upsets her. A secret. A secret liable to undermine what she has spent her whole life working for.

The film marks the first time in 25 years that Ms Deneuve has played in a short, and besides Dorothée, she shares the screen  with Antonia Desplat who is known for her work in Victoria and Pierre Deladonchamps winner of the Most Promising Actor award at the 39th César Awards. Mahdi Lepart was in charge of the beautiful cinematography.

This wonderful film is brought to you by FullDawa Films, the producers Boris Mendza, Gael Cabouat & David Atrakchi have an impressive slate of over 85 films, including My Old Lady with Kevin Kline & Maggie Smith, and Frank & Lola an official selection at Sundance starring Michael Shannon. FullDawa Films originated in France, and since then with an eye on the international market have expanded their operations to Los Angeles in collaboration with Jouri Smit (producer).