Sciamma’s third feature continues her preoccupation with adolescent sexuality and gender identity from a notably different perspective. An ensemble of young African-French actors is led by Karidja Touré – who was scouted for the role while visiting an amusement park – as Marieme, a 16-year-old whisked into the intense, free-spirited lifestyle of an all-girl gang. Using a luminous score by electronic music producer Para One and cinematographer Crystel Fournier’s vibrant colour palette, Sciamma probes the tensions and ecstasies of female friendship, group dynamics and the teenage yearning for acceptance.
Also screening on Wed 28 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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