Premier Act

A Film by Agathe Riedinger


Ruth didn’t go back to what was familiar. She stepped out in faith and walked into the unknown. Her courage brought her to her divine destiny. Don’t look back. » – A Modern Day Ruth. Brooke St. James inspired by sentimental surges from mushy novels and archetypes from soaps of the 70’s, the film focuses on two characters : blond Ruth and brown-haired Ruth who play with their own roles to explore a new world. Premier acte is a surrealist journey. This is the beginning of the book, everything is still possible, everything is still free.


  • Picture of Agathe Riedinger © Fatina Faye

    Agathe Riedinger

    For a few years now, Agathe Riedinger has been constructing a radical and quirky universe. After graduating from the ENSAD in Paris, she started off as an artistic director and photographer. In 2017, she directed her short film « Waiting for Jupiter », awarded in several international film festivals and nominated for the Cesar 2019. While still collaborating on scripts, she experimented various narration types via videoclips, advertisements, fashion films and directed several mini-films series. Her collaboration with the producer Elsa Rodde - Germaine Films, is carrying today with the development of two feature film projects : Caligula, coproduced with Silex Films and Goodbye Dolly Dear – Beaumarchais/SACD awardee.

Awards + Festivals

  • 2nd UNKNOWN FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Yekaterinburg, Russia)June 1, 2018
  • 2nd THUNDERDANCE FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, London, United Kingdom)June 6, 2018
  • 9th SHORT TO THE POINT FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Bucharest, Romania)June 15, 2018
  • 4th THE BLACK SEA FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Constanta, Romania)August 8, 2018
  • 6th MIAMI FASHION FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Miami, United States)September 9, 2018
  • 2nd CHELSEA FASHION FILM (Official Selection, New York City, United States)November 1, 2018
  • 8th AESTHETICA FESTIVAL (Official Selection, York, United Kingdom)November 8, 2018
  • 4th BUCHAREST SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Bucharest, Romania)December 13, 2018
  • HYPERWAVE FILM AWARDS - SPRING SEASON (Finalist, Carson, CA, USA)May 17, 2019
  • 4th SACRAMENTO UNDERGROUND FILM & ARTS FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Sacramento, CA, USA)July 25, 2019
  • 4th REGINA INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Regina, Canada)August 13, 2019
  • 8th WASTELAND FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Outside of California City, CA, USA)September 26, 2019
  • FESTIVAL INTERNACIONAL DE CINE DE AUTOR (Official Selection, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico)November 13, 2019
  • 2nd LE PRINCE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Caracas, Venezuela)January 28, 2020


Agathe Riedinger
Agathe Riedinger, Armelle Lalo
Armelle Lalo
Director of Photography
Cécile Carassou
Art Directioin
Armelle Lalo
Costume Design
Fanny Martini
Raphaëlle Martin-Hölger
Yuri Hustochka, Armelle Lalo


Bianca Redmerski
Sarah-Megan Allouch
Pierre Nicol


Running Time
2:10 min
Shooting Format
Digital 2K
Screening Format
DCP, BluRay, DVD, .mov, mp4 (HD)
Aspect Ratio



Markus Kaatsch
aug&ohr medien
Riemannstr. 21
10961 Berlin, Germany

+49 (0)30 61620068


Armelle Lalo

+33 6 83054694


Agathe Riedinger

+33 6 50627045