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Without You, Without Me

Filmmaker : Adèle Shaykhulova France, Russia, 2020 PRODUCTION : Adèle Shaykhulova
French, Russian English, French

About this film


As a small girl, Adèle Shaykhulova had to leave Russia for France, leaving the rest of her family behind. To make up for this absence, she secretly films their conversations. But when she learns that her cousin Sonia, with whom she grew up, has cancer, film becomes perhaps the only way to bridge an immeasurable distance.

Tënk Prize - Visions du Réel 2020

Tënk's opinion

To bridge the distance that separates her from her family, the director records their video conversations. In this film, relationships and emotions are expressed exclusively via digital tools, blurring the lines between presence and absence. Although childhood videos were filmed to immortalise a shared present, now the pictures only seem to exist to fill a void. So death occurs but the images remain. They stick in the mind like haunting music, the song we sing for our grandfather’s birthday, the voice we imitate so as not to forget it, the theme tune of a series we used to watch together. A moving, deceptively simple film that speaks to us of love, family and mourning in a very contemporary way, in other words, in a world where, by being everywhere, maybe we’re nowhere…

Jérémie Jorrand
Editorial and programming manager, Të


Adèle Shaykhulova

Born in Russia in 1993, Adèle Shaykhulova immigrated to France at 12 years old. She completed a master’s degree in filmmaking at the University of Paris 8, where she made Adieu Athènes, her graduation film. She then directed Without you, without me (2020), a documentary made with a cell phone and archival footage. The film was selected at Visions du Réel where it received the Tënk Prize. Since September 2020, Adèle has been studying filmmaking at the Fémis and is also preparing a short documentary film, Être là.