A simple yet moving tale of a young girl who, while helping clean out her recently deceased grandmother’s house, meets her mother’s younger self in the surrounding woods. Conceived during the making of Portrait of a Lady on Fire and filmed during the second COVID-19 lockdown with twin sisters Joséphine and Gabrielle Sanz – impeccable as the young mother and daughter – Sciamma’s latest feature is strikingly minimal. Yet this minimalism doesn’t lessen the emotional impact, showcasing Sciamma’s refined talent for using cinema’s full breadth to craft a beautifully poignant portrait of kinship, grief and healing.
Also screening on Wed 14 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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