Trained at the National School of Beaux-Arts in Orleans and IDHEC in Paris, Agnes Merlet strongly insists that the best way to learn about filmmaking is to make film. After the short films La Guerre des Pâtes and Poussières d’Etoiles, she shot The Son of the Shark, her first feature full, which already showed her propensity to promote thinking beyond images, insisting that all too passive viewers react to the two young brothers, adrift and on the run, in northern France. Her next film was Artemisia, a portrait of Artemisia Gentileschi, a passionate young painter at the beginning of the 17th century in Italy. Inspired by films such as Carnival of Souls, Don’t Look Now of the films of Jack Clayton, she shot shock- waver Dorothy Mills in 2008. Her next film, Hideways, won the Méliès d’Argent at the Strasbourg European Fantastic Film Festival in 2011.