'Les Chenilles' is a directorial debut of the Lebanese duo Michelle and Noel Keserwany.
Lebanese filmmakers Michelle Keserwany and Noel Keserwany’s Les chenilles (Caterpillars) won the Golden Bear for Best Short Film at the 73rd Berlinale International Film Festival.
Directed by Michelle and Noel Keserwany and starring Masa Zaher and Noel Keserwany, the film revolves around two women, Asma and Sarah.
Les Chenilles is a 30-minute short about two girls who meet in France while working as waitresses, and it’s an exploration of friendship and female independency. The movie premiered in Berlinale in the attendance of the Keserwany sisters and the stars of the film.
In a statement, the jury said: “Through carefully arranging image and sound, this complex sensual film transforms the means of woman’s oppression into those of their liberation. When the third person becomes an “I”, the women are no longer objects of exploitation, but have turned into subjects. The silkworms will metamorphose into spiders, whose nets do not serve silk production, but their own survival. An immediate friendship connects two women, in whose bodies the consequences of colonialization are inscribed. The magic of their bond will continue to exist in our perception. The Golden Bear for Best Short Film goes to Michelle and Noel Keserwany’s Les Chenilles.”
The film was selected by a jury of internationally-acclaimed members such as Cătălin Cristuțiu, Sky Hopinka, and Isabelle Stever.