Being 17 (2016)
Being 17 (2016)
Being 17 (2016) André Téchiné

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Being 17

André Téchiné | France | 2016 | Unclassified (15+)

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Wed 21 Sep 2022

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."

Format: DCP
Language: French with English Subtitles
Source: Elle Driver
Runtime: 116 mins

Event duration

116 mins


Unclassified (15+)


Cinema 1, Level 2
ACMI, Fed Square

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About the program

Oscillating Wildly: Céline Sciamma's Inclusive Cinema

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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