Argentine filmmaker and writer Nelly Kaplan was a film buff since childhood and in the early 1950s left her hometown, Buenos Aires to represent an Argentine cinema at an international gathering of film archivists in Paris. Kaplan liked it there and after finding work as a correspondent for Argentina film magazines she remained in France. In 1954 she began assisting and collaborating with noted director Abel Gance. Kaplan began making her own short films in the early '60s. For her 1967 medium-length film Le Regard Picasso, Kaplan earned a Golden Lion award at the Venice Film festival. With that success, Kaplan began making feature films such as the erotic Very Curious Girl (1969). Many of Kaplan's subsequent films also contain erotic themes but are noted for their paradoxical, underlying feminism. In addition to directing, Kaplan has also written several books, short stories and sexy poems (using the penname Belen).