It is a great honor for me to receive this Lifetime Achievement Award from the Women's International Film & Television Showcase, it only saddens me that my husband, Tony Blanco, cannot be with me to share this moment, as he would be as honored and proud as I am.
I congratulate you on the beautiful initiative to support and celebrate the dedication, passion and integrity of women in film everywhere, and I thank TheWIFTS Board for considering me worthy of this precious award. I am very sorry to be unable to receive it in person. Thank you!
THE WOMEN'S INTERNATIONAL FILM & TELEVISION SHOWCASE
JULY 2nd 2016
Passion & Integrity Commerce & Creativity Equality Not Hierarchy
Sophie Reine - France
The Career Achievement Award - Editor
Sophie Reine is the recipient of TheWIFTS Career Achievement Award - Editor.
Her parents, wanting to teach her a harsh lesson in the ethics of hard work, instead imbued in her a lifelong passion for the art of editing.
Sophie Reine at an early age in 1988 fell forever in love with editing when her parents were trying to reconcile her school performance by demonstrating the rigors of working in the real world. The lesson was they made her spend one day in "the reality of a work place" … at the side of an editor.
Little were they to know that the lesson was to become the catalyst for Sophie's career: the dark room, the meticulous and lonesome work immediately seduced the teenager. Sophie discovered one of the many background elements of a movie, this third writing of a film, encompassing the creative and complex. The editing passion consumed Sophie and never left. She was 16 years old, and her parents had miscalculated their intention!
After a brief time studying the history of art at the Sorbonne in Paris, Sophie took a script master class which would lead her on the road to training alongside a number of famous French editors.
Editing for Sophie is a rigorous practice: the uncompromising and delicate moulding of a film's structure, the marrying of a close relationship with the director, developing a sense of analysis, bringing the secret of mixing the image, sound and music together to bring emotion. These elements evident in The First Day Of The Rest Of Your Life directed by Remi Bezançon, garnered Sophie the Cesar for Editing (French Oscar) in 2009.
Her ability to enter into the universes of filmmakers while keeping her personality, her original vision, her 'joie de vivre' and the comforting shoulder she's offers in the hard moments of post production, has enabled her to edit several types of movies - from drama (La Chatte a Deux Tête Jacques Nolot - Cannes 2002) to comedy (I Always Dreamed Of Being A Gangster, Samuel Benchetrit, Sundance 2008), bridging her passion and expertise across the breadth of teenage movies, historical dramas, musicals, and gangster movies, The Connection, Cédric Jimenez, Toronto 2014.
Sophie loves to and always jumps between different film genres, which includes the film Populaire, an ambitious project about a typing contest in the fifties, directed by Regis Roinsard, a kind of Rocky set in Normandy France.
Reine's wide and varying filmography embraces international features such as My Sweet Pepper Land, a Kurdish western, directed by Hiner Saleem, Official Selection Cannes Film Festival 2013; and the animation movie An Animated Conversation with Noam Chomsky by Michel Gondry.
The last film she edited was Degrade, a Palestinian social comedy about a women's hair salon, directed by Arab Nasser, Tarzan Nasser, starring Israeli-Arab actress Hiam Abbass, which was selected for La Semaine De La Critique at the Cannes Film Festival 2015.
As soon as a project looks exciting, Sophie's tireless curiosity, neurons and energy kick into gear in the service of the project which the director has entrusted to her, even sometimes when the editing takes place at the other side of the world.
Parallel to her work as an editor, in 2010 she wrote and directed a short movie Jeanine, starring her two daughters. The film is the story of a teenage girl who is bored by her parents and their hippy way of life.
Also in 2010, she started to write her first feature film Cigarettes et Chocolat Chaud, a social and family comedy starring Camille Cottin and Gustave Kerven and produced by Mandarin Cinéma (now Mandarin Production) which she shot in fall 2015 and will be released in 2016. Cigarettes et Chocolat Chaud is the story about a non-standard mono parent family that the authorities try to keep in line.
For Sophie Reine 'fighting stereotypes and accepting the differences' are her recurrent themes, and close to her heart.