Born in Paris in 1973. After obtaining her Baccalaureat, she studied journalism. She wrote for daily newspapers, then for the specialized press. In 2006 she finds out her second child, Thaïs, 2, suffers from an incurable degenerative illness: metachromatic leukodystrophy (MLD). Her life expectancy is very short. In March 2011, Anne-Dauphine Julliand published Two small footprints in wet sand, in which she shares the experience surrounding the illness and death of her daughter Thaïs. The book sold over 350,000 copies in France and was translated in more than 20 languages. In June 2013, she published A special day, the story of her family four years later, which sold over 60,000 copies in just a few months. After being elected to the board of directors of ELA (European Leukodystrophy Association), Anne-Dauphine Julliand is now a member of the scientific committee of the Palliative Care Fund.
“Some encounters change the course of your life. The documentary filmET LES MISTRALS GAGNANTSwas born of such encounters. The very first one of these encounters is Thaïs. Thaïs, my daughter with her princess name, who suffered from an deadly illness with a barbaric name: a metachromatic leukodystrophy. When she was only two years old, Thaïs opened my heart and taught me to appreciate every single moment of existence. I came to realize that a beautiful life is not measured by the number of its years. Over time, I met a number of families impacted by the illness of a child. They opened my eyes. Again, I witnessed the power of children’s lightheartedness. I understood the extent to which their vision of life can alter our own. I wanted to share this with as many people as I could. I wanted to tell that story, to show it in an irrefutable way: through the words and perceptions of children. The project took a huge step forward when I met French producer Édouard de Vésinne. He was immediately taken by the idea of the film. His enthusiasm convinced me of the topic’s universality. It doesn’t resonate only with those who have personally experienced this - it finds an echo in each and every one of us through intuition, a perception of life that we are all familiar with because we’ve all been children, capable of simply loving life. The film then started taking shape through encounters with precious allies, those unavoidably responsible for the children’s care: hospital wards, palliative care units, in-home healthcare professionals, nonprofit organizations supportive of sick children and their families. They trustfully opened their doors to us, because the film’s subject matter is the reason behind their work and commitment:to add life to days, every day.They accompanied us through the project’s most beautiful encounters. Those with the brave, fighting, living hearts of the documentaryET LES MISTRALS GAGNANTS:the children. It is so moving to see how fast these children integrated us into their worlds, inviting us with great simplicity to share their best times as well as their most difficult moments. Over the course of the shoot, we got to know each other, as in Saint-Exupéry’sThe Little Prince, by “creating bonds” that enabled us, each day, to “sit a little closer”. And once we reached that close proximity, we placed ourselves on their level, figuratively and literally, in order to record their words. A most precious gift”.