Elegant. Beautiful. Haunting. A romantic study in loneliness and missed moments, Jeune Fille tells the moving story of a melancholy young costume designer named Sophia who questions the choices of her past when unforeseen events bring her own loneliness to light. Memory turns to fantasy within Sophia’s mind as she begins to grasp the reality of what could have been.
Written and directed by Joshua McQuilkin, shot on location in Denver, Colorado, inspired by the French New Wave film movement of the early 1960s, and accompanied by a haunting original score, Jeune Fille utilizes the arts of subtlety, nonlinear storytelling and creative cinematography to explore a depth of emotion typically found only in feature films. Within the first moments of the film, viewers are drawn to Sophia (played by the incomparable Luba Bocian) and remain captivated by her mystique through the experience, often seeing a bit of themselves reflected in the process.
“The films of New Wavers such as Jean-Luc Godard and François Truffaut would become an obsession for me. I soon watched ‘Vivre Sa Vie’, ‘The 400 Blows’, ‘Band of Outsiders’ and ‘Cleo from 5 to 7,’ among others. This newfound infatuation was not just about the films themselves, but about the freedom of expression these artists had. New Wave films didn’t follow three-act structures or conform to predictable plot points. It was cinema without rules. Eventually the inspiration hit, and I knew I wanted to make a short film that was inspired by New Wave.” – Joshua McQuilkin
“A wonderful film that truly defines what movies are about at the core: telling a story with moving images.” –Jimmy Lee Combs, Unity Short Film Festival
“Beautiful, haunting, captivating. ‘Jeune Fille’ is a beautiful short film that in my opinion carries the emotional depth of a full- length. Within the first moments, I was captivated.” —David Tillman, Music Is My Oxygen
Behind the Scenes
At the beginning of 2012, we began pre-production, and “Jeune Fille” became a passion project, not just for the director, but for the entire team. After dozens of production meetings and months of auditions, we were finally ready to film. Those five shooting days were some of the most amazing, stressful, magical, challenging, emotionally exhausting, and artistically fulfilling experiences of our young careers. Almost every day of filming contained at least one devastating event that threatened the entire production. However, there were other moments of pure magic. When the cameras were rolling, we often felt we were making something very special.
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