Sylvie Pialat, wife of filmmaker Maurice Pialat, was the co-screenwriter on several of her husband’s films, significantly “Under the Sun of Satan” (1987 Cannes Palme d’Or winner). When Maurice Pialat died in 2003, after 21 years of living and making movies together, Sylvie Pialat turned towards film production creating Les films du Worso.
Benoît Quainon joined him in 2006 and has been an associate producer since 2015. Fueled by energy and desire, the company has developed and diversified since its inception in the production of his films with a team marked by a family spirit. In 15 years, Les Films du Worso has built a rich and diversified catalogue composed of more than 20 feature films, TV films and documentaries, many of them presented in competition in major festivals like Cannes, Berlin, Toronto, Venice or San Sebastián.
We can highlight the collaboration with French filmmakers like Alain Guiraudie («Stranger by the lake”, “Staying vertical”), Guillaume Nicloux (“Valley of Love”, “The Nun”) or more recently Xavier Beauvois (“Les Gardiennes”).
In the last years, Les films du Worso has developed a work with international filmmakers like Abderrahmane Sissako (Academy Award nominee “Timbuktu”, and winner of 7 César Awards), Joachim Lafosse («After love», «Our children”), Corneliu Porumboiu (“The Whistlers”), Lisandro Alonso (“Jauja”) or Amos Gitai (“Rabin the Last Day”).
16 films were selected at the Cannes Film Festival and the catalog has accumulated 28 César nominations (including 10 awards) and a nomination for the Oscar for best foreign film in 2014 with «Timbuktu». Sylvie Pialat has been distinguished for two consecutive years by the Academy of Arts and Techniques of Cinema with the Daniel Toscan Prize of the Plantier rewarding the best producer of the year in 2014 and 2015.