‘3 Days in Quiberon:’ Emily Atef’s film on superstar actress Romy Schneider wins seven Lolas

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Here’s another chance to listen to our interview with film director Emily Atef. We talked with Atef last February after her film ” 3 Days in Quiberon” premiered at this year’s Berlinale Film Festival. The film has since gone on to win seven German Film Awards, also known as Lolas.

The year is 1981. Troubled superstar actress Romy Schneider spends three days in a luxury spa in Quiberon in western France. She is there to sober up. During her stay, she is interviewed by a journalist from the German magazine “Stern” – the last interview before her death, as it turns out – and photographed by Robert Lebeck. This time is explored in the Berlinale competition film “3 Days in Quiberon” by Emily Atef, shot in black and white on location in the largely unchanged seaside town.

Emily Atef, who was born in Germany, and grew up in France and the U.S., discovered Romy Schneider as a teenager and loved her French movies. With “3 Days in Quiberon,” she pays respect to a celebrated actress and “woman in crisis…without any kind of mask or make-up.”