Manon Coubia graduated from the Insas in Belgium. Following her 2012 documentary Bleu Cerise, she directed the short L’Immense retour in 2016. The film won the Léopard d’or in Locarno and the Premio Pianifica at the European Awards. In 2017, Children Leave at Dawn was screened at La Semaine de la Critique in Cannes. The film depicts a relationship breakdown between mother and child, shot between daylight and night and punctuated by powerful moments, heavy with unspoken emotions.