Spotted by Maurice Pialat at the age of 16, actress and muse of Sautet, Chabrol, Varda, Rivette, Téchiné and Depardon, Sandrine Bonnaire took to the other side of the camera in 2007 with a documentary called Elle s’appelle Sabine, an endearing portrait of her autistic sister that won the Prix Fipresci (Cannes 2007) in the selection of the Directors’Fortnight and the Prix du Syndicat Français de la Critique de Cinéma et des Films de Télévision 2009 (Best Documentary Film and Best First French Film).

In 2012, she returned to the Croisette as a director of fiction with J’enrage de son absence, which was screened during La Semaine de la critique. Her second documentary, Ce que le temps a donné à l’homme (2015), came about following her memorable meeting with the composer Jacques Higelin.