Elisabeth Subrin

"Maria Schneider, 1983" (2022)

Critically acclaimed actresses (and directors) Manal Issa, Aïssa Maïga, and Isabel Sandoval recreate a 1983 French TV interview with the legendary French actress Maria Schneider, which takes a turn when she’s asked about the traumatic filming of Last Tango in Paris with Bernardo Bertolucci and Marlon Brando a decade before. Taken together, they not only perform Schneider’s words and gestures, but inhabit them through their own identities—along with all those silenced, before and after.

2023 César (French Academy Award) for Best Documentary Short Film. 

WORLD PREMIERE: The 75th Cannes International Film Festival, Director’s Fortnight, May 2022
NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE: The 60th New York Film Festival, New York City, October 2022
Nominated for a 2023 César for Best Documentary Short
Paris Courts Devant: Prix D’interprétation Féminine (Best Actress): Manal Issa in Maria Schneider, 1983

“Each channels Schneider in her own way, in her own race, in her own time, bringing this maligned actress into the present, conjuring her into power, throwing their bodies on the line to salvage hers.” 
—B. Ruby Rich, Film Quarterly

“Subrin has made a provocative, unnerving document, difficult to forget.”
—Tony Pipolo,  Artforum

A film by Elisabeth Subrin
Produced by Helen Olive and Martin Bertier, 5A7 Films, Paris
Starring Manal Issa, Aïssa Maïga, Isabel Sandoval and Amélie Prevot

Pascale Marin

Jenn Ruff

Nassim El Mounnabih, Abigail Savage, Lucien Richardson

Production design
Valérie Valéro

Costume Design 
Corinne Bruand