The latest member of the Doillon dynasty to join the family business tells Nancy Tartaglione-Vialatte what she loves about film-making.
Lola Doillon grew up on film sets. Her father, Jacques Doillon, is the award-winning director of Le Petit Criminel and Le Jeune Werther and her sister is the actress Lou Doillon, whose credits include Abel Ferrara's Go Go Tales. Lola herself has worked in nearly every technical post a film shoot can offer, from second-unit director to on-set photographer.
'I used to hang out, and at 16 I started as an intern,' Doillon recalls. 'I love the work side of it - not the shiny side but the idea of never being in the same place and the possibility of touching people.'
Having joined the family business, Doillon's first feature is the coming-of-age tale Just About Love' (Et Toi, T'Es Sur Qui') which is being handled internationally by Rezo Films.
It was selected to screen in Cannes' Un Certain Regard this year where it was well-received as an upmarket teenage picture.
Doillon had previously enjoyed some success with the short film Majorettes, a three-part story about teenagers which screened in Directors' Fortnight at Cannes in 2005. She wanted to continue telling stories about teenagers.
'It was a real pleasure to work with teenagers and after that I said to myself, 'If I do a feature, what will I do' If I talk about kids, what will I talk about'' and asking that question made me think about that time when you are 14 or 15 and you experience so many firsts - sexual firsts, emotional firsts - when everything happens to you and you're in between two worlds,' she explains.
Doillon had teamed with Saga Blanchard - who co-ordinated production on her partner Cedric Klapisch's Russian Dolls - on her shorts and continued the partnership for Just About Love'
'We did five shorts together and so, in a way, we grew up together,' says Doillon.
The film-maker says she has a hard time putting a label on the sexual awakening tale.
'People keep trying to put the film in a category,' she says, 'and I keep saying, 'I don't know, it's not American Pie but it's not an auteur film either.' It's complex but there's humour and lightness.
'It's more for people in their twenties and thirties who have lived these stories and can now see their adolescence from a distance.'