The Heroine’s Journey of Elissa Houles

What is the best thing that I love about my work? To be with people with the same passion and to create.

What is my idea of happiness? To do what I want and to feel many things.

Photo credits: Philippe du Crest

What is my greatest fear? To lost all that I love.

What is the trait that I most deplore in myself? Sometimes not to be able to show completely who I am.

Which living persons in my profession do i most admire? I see many people who work hard to get what they want and who love what they do. It’s nice to see it.

What is my greatest extravagance? When I provoke gently someone I appreciate. I like it.

On what occasion would I lie? When people have been hypocrites towards me or others.

What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work? I dislike the fact that people in society are so often put in boxes. Humans deserve so much more.

When and where was I the happiest, in my work? Everytime and everywhere I feel free.

If I could, what would I change about myself? Nothing. I think we have to accept ourselves. In each person there is something unique and so much potential.

What is my greatest achievement in work? All that I’ve done even if there’s a lot of things to improve. We can’t be perfect all the way but I like to reap what I’ve sown. Anyhow I think my role
in the film « Angels Vs Zombies » aka « Dark Patch » of Emmanuel Saez and my lead roles at the theatre in « The Tiger » of Murray Schisgal and « The bitter tears of Petra Von Kant » of Rainer Werner Fassbinder and directed by Myrtille Buttner are the best I’ve played.

Where would I most like to live? Where I’m living now.

What is my most treasured possession? My music, my books, my favorite personal stuff, the people I love.

What is my most marked characteristic? My adaptability and my eccentricity.

What is my most inspirational location, in my city? My garden fills me each day with joy. But in a city there’s always some magic places. I like historical monuments, places filled with history. It’s

What is my favorite place to eat and drink, in my city? I don’t live in a big city but I like to eat anywhere it’s nice to be. It can be nice bars and restaurants or nice places in the nature.

What books influenced my life and how? « L’étranger » of Albert Camus when I was 13 It had certainly reinforced my way of perception of reality. « Un barrage contre le Pacifique » of Marguerite Duras influenced me too for its particular way to include the reader in the narration. As a Germanist I like germanic authors from the beginning of the twentieth century, mainly the satirists like Kurt Tucholsky and the expressionists like Georg Trakl.

Photo credits: Philippe du Crest

You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day? I’m so obsessed with music. I love especially rock music bands. It’s dificult to choose just one track of these bands or artists. I think it would be a song by The Cure because it’s the band that has inspired me for so long. I was a child when I’ve discovered them and it was a shock at the time. I love David Bowie, Lou Reed, John Foxx, Joy Division and New Order, Minimal Compact, The Cars, Can and so many other talented artists. I love dub and reggae too.

Who is my hero or heroine in fiction? There were so many heroes and heroines in my life who inspired me and it’s still the case today. I’m so grateful to them. I think they are indirectly part of
my well-being in life.

Who are my heroes and heroines in real life? People with whom I like spending my time.

Which movie would i recommend to see once in a lifetime? « Sleuth » of Joseph L. Mankiewicz or « The Passenger » of Michelangelo Antonioni.

What role play stories in my life and work? My own role. Life and work are helping it.

What do the words ‘You are the storyteller of your own life’ mean to me? That’s how I feel

Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime? I don’t know. Maybe nobody.

Which people or companies would I like to work with in 2023? The first one that pops into my mind is the belgian director Xavier Diskeuve whom I admire the films. I’ve discovered him recently for his film « The little prodigy ». I really appreciate this belgian humour as I like belgian independant rock bands, dEUS, Girls in Hawaii, The Names, Balthazar, Ghinzu…and the country of course !

What project, in 2023, am I looking forward to work on? At the moment I have to work on the theatre play I’m directing with my students of my theatre workshop. With the AFCI (Association Française de Cinéma Indépendant) we’re preparing the 8th Edition of the International
Independant Filmfestival SMR13 which will take place on 16th November 2023.

Where can you see me or my work in 2023? I’m directing this new theatre play « L’inscription » of Gérald Sibleyras with my students for the next school theatre festival in june 2023.

What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me? The words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me : « Never give up as long as you can ».

Which creative professionals should Peter invite to tell their story? I don’t know maybe some friends Sonia Cardinale, Marion-Hélène Chabert, Tanguy Mendrisse, Philippe du Crest….

How can you contact me?
You can contact me through my website,

social networks (instagram, facebook…) or professional networks (oward, e- talenta…), and of course the website of our Filmfestival : and the website of the webradio about independant

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