The Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI present
Paris, 13th District
Adapting the stories of American comic-book artist Adrian Tomine, screenwriters Sciamma, Audiard and Léa Mysius concoct a deft, playful and thoroughly sexy roundelay involving a series of interconnecting characters (and lovers) living in Les Olympiades, a cluster of residential high rises situated in Paris’ 13th arrondissement. Featuring a standout performance by Noémie Merlant (Portrait of a Lady on Fire), and exquisitely shot in black and white, this playful millennial comedy is also a deceptively seductive homage to a tradition of French filmmaking exemplified by the cinema of Eric Rohmer.
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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