The year is 1977 and eleven year old Stella is set to start her first year at a prestigous Parisian private school. Having grown up in her parents' working class pub on the outskirts of Paris, she is suddenly thrown into a world that is miles away from her own chaotic background. Stella's attempts to crack the social codes of her new environment seem futile, until she strikes up an unlikely friendship with classmate Gladys. Warm and humorous, STELLA is a charming story of growing up in 1970s Paris.
Sylvie Verheyde has studied geography, music and drawing. In 1990 she directed the Juan Rozoff video COMMENT TU DIS? (1990) and worked on numerous films. Her short films were highly acclaimed: ENTRE CHIENS ET LOUPS (1991) won the Canal+ Award at the Clermont-Ferrand festival in 1992 and LA MAISON VERTE (1992) won the Jury Grand prix at Nancy in 1993. Verheyde then wrote the screenplay for UN FRÈRE (1997) which she went on to direct. Selected for the 50th Cannes Festival in the ”Cinémas en France” section, UN FRÈRE won the Cyril Collard Prize in 1998. In 2000, Verheyde directed her second feature film, PRINCESSES (2000). Lately, she has directed SANG FROID (2006) and STELLA (2008).