French/Rwandan actress, Sonia Rolland will step behind the camera for the first time to direct a short film titled An Ordinary Life.
Details are limited, but I can tell you that it’s in development, and its synopsis reads:
Nadia and her little brother Gaël live alone with their mother in a council estate. Nadia has been taking care of Gaël for some time in the absence of their mother who is receiving an education, 300 miles away from home. Nadia calls her mother every night to tell her about her day. After a fight at school, Nadia is expelled, and doesn’t dare tell her mum the truth. But her mother comes back home earlier than expected…
And as you can probably imagine, drama ensues.
No word yet on when we can expect to see Ms Rolland’s directorial debut.
As for what she’s been up to lately, those familiar with Haitian filmmaker Raoul Peck’s last film, Moloch Tropical, will recognize Ms Rolland, as she figures prominently in it, as wife of President Jean de Dieu Théogène, played in the film by Zinedine Soualem.
She also appears in Woody Allen’s Midnight In Paris, playing Josephine Baker in the film, and director Philippe Niang’s Toussaint L’Ouverture.
Up next, catch her in the French thriller, Désordres (Chaos), alongside Isaach de Bankole.
The 30-year old Rolland, who lives in Paris, France, was born in Kigali, Rwanda, to a Rwandese Tutsi mother and a French father. The family escaped to France preceding the Tutsi genocide, when the actress was in her teens.
Crowned Miss France a few years later, in the year 2000, she would go on to represent the country in the Miss Universe pageant, placing 9th overall in the final standings.
Since 2002, Rolland has been afforded a number of onscreen opportunities, both in TV and film, so her acting career has been a relatively short one, with her most prominent role coming in the French TV series Lea Parker, in which she starred as the titular character, which ran for 2 seasons, from 2004 to 2006.