Latest News from the Cosmos (Dernieres nouvelles du cosmos) directed by Julie Bertuccelli (France, 2016, 89 min.).

Hélène, a nonverbal autistic woman who lives with her parents in rural France, did not communicate for most of her life. She had never been taught to read or write. And then, at the age of 21, she began to assemble words and phrases by arranging laminated alphabet letters. Eventually, she wrote a book – and then another.

Under the moniker “Babouillec Sp” (the letters stand for sans parole or “non-verbal”), Hélène writes poetry that can be soaring and childlike, surreal and funny, rich with allusions and filled with insight. Hélène’s most recent volume is Eponymous Algorithm, which her parents helped to adapt for the stage. Latest News from the Cosmos draws us into Hélène’s world as the play is developed. In a film unlike any other portrait of a writer, director Julie Bertuccelli (School of Babel) prompts us to contemplate the nature of creativity and communication, and the hidden potential in humans of all abilities.

Latest News from the Cosmos was nominated for a 2017 César Award for Best Documentary. Co-presented with the Boston ReelAbilities Film Festival.

Watch the trailer here. Also screening July 16.


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