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It's the last days of an endless summer in the island of Corsica. It's too hot and there is nothing left to do. In the middle of nowhere, four girls are bored.
But Camille, the youngest, is pregnant.

  • Marie Léa Regales
  • Marie Léa Regales
  • Groupe de Recherches et d'Essais Cinématographiques
  • Maryne Cayon
    Key Cast
  • Laureva Timotei
    Key Cast
  • Daria Santoni
    Key Cast
  • Anaïs Lechiara
    Key Cast
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Les Sirènes
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Genres:
    drama, teen, coming of age, abortion, women's rights, human's rights, women, girls, mediterranean, sex, teenage, feminism
  • Runtime:
    14 minutes 20 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 1, 2016
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  • Oberhausen Internationale Kurzfilmtage 2016
    May 10, 2016
    German Premiere
  • YSFF : Yale University Student Film Festival
    New Haven
    United States
    April 17, 2017
    American Premiere
  • Cinemed - Festival International du Cinéma Méditerranéen de Montpellier
    October 27, 2016
  • Warsaw Avenue Film Festival
    Cincinnati, Ohio
    United States
    October 21, 2017
  • SOCOFF - Southern Colorado Film Festival
    United States
    October 12, 2017
  • Les Nuits Méditerranéennes
    March 26, 2016
    World Premiere
Director Biography - Marie Léa Regales

Marie Léa Regales was born in Paris in 1993. After a few years studying editing, she directed her first shortfilm, Les Sirènes (Mermaids), produced by the G.R.E.C. and the I.U.T. of Corsica. She is curently working on a new shortfilm, La vie sur mars (Life on Mars).
Après un diplôme de monteuse et une formation d'assistante réalisateur, Marie Léa Regales a réalisé son premier court-métrage, Les Sirènes, co-produit par le G.R.E.C. et l'I.U.T. di Corsica. Elle travaille actuellement sur un nouveau court-métrage, La Vie sur Mars.

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Director Statement

Les Sirènes (Mermaids) is my first shortfilm.
This short was born with the strong desire of capturing the intensity and complexity of teenage year. I wanted to create strong female characters.
The film is all about the empowerment of a young girl who decides to be the only master of hey own body. In France, where the film was shot, abortion is legal, but still a sensitive subject. Les Sirènes does not aim to be a political film, even if its subject is political, but more a personal journey, in a very intimate setting: the girls are alone, there are no boyfriends, no parents, no authority. The girl's decision is hers, and hers alone. My body, my choice. The film is also about responsibility, and how when you're a girl, your freedom can stop at anytime.
I guess the film is about learning to become a women, and the empowerment that comes with taking your own life choices by yourself.