The Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI present
Veteran director Téchiné (Alice et Martin and Wild Reeds) enlisted Sciamma to “freely adapt” the 2008 French TV movie New Wave, bringing contemporary authenticity to a tale of two teenage boys (Kacey Mottet Klein and Corentin Fila) from different rungs on the social ladder whose relationship develops unexpectedly after they are forced to live together. Distinctively told over three school trimesters, Téchiné and Sciamma’s screenplay emphasises unknowability and fluidity. As critic Rochelle Siemienowicz puts it: "Are these boys gay, or just specifically attracted to each other? It’s a question that one of them asks, and never answers."
Also screening on Wed 21 September
Tomboy (2011) – Wed 14 Sep, 6:30pm
Ma vie de Courgette (2016) – Wed 14 Sep, 8.10pm
Petite Maman (2021) – Wed 14 Sep, 9:30pm
Being 17 (2016) – Wed 21 Sep, 7pm
Paris 13th District (2021) – Wed 21 Sep, 9:05pm
Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019) – Wed 28 Sep, 7pm
Girlhood (2014) – Wed 28 Sep, 9:10pm
Although many only discovered the cinema of Céline Sciamma (1978–) with the international release of the extraordinary ‘two-hander’ Portrait of a Lady on Fire, she had already forged a remarkably productive career as a filmmaker, screenwriter and activist (she was a founder of Le Collectif 50/50, for example). Completing a Masters in French literature and attending France’s most prestigious film school, Le Fémis, Sciamma helmed her first feature, Water Lilies, in 2007.
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