Directed by Céline Sciamma

Directed by Céline Sciamma

4 Episodes

To mark the release of her acclaimed new film PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE, we’re revisiting the revelatory first three features by French director Céline Sciamma. Forming a loose trilogy centered around the experiences of young people grappling with issues of sexual, gender, and social identity, WATER LILIES, TOMBOY, and GIRLHOOD ache and soar with the pain, confusion, and exhilaration of adolescence. Graced with an evocative, impressionistic visual style and remarkable performances from their young, non-professional leads, these intimate coming-of-age tales are lit from within by a raw, heart-pounding emotional honesty.

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Directed by Céline Sciamma
  • Céline Sciamma in Conversation

    Episode 1

    In this in-depth conversation recorded during the BFI London Film Festival in October 2019, Céline Sciamma discusses her approach to filmmaking with festival director Tricia Tuttle.

  • Water Lilies

    Episode 2

    Directed by Céline Sciamma • 2007 • France
    Starring Pauline Acquart, Louise Blachère, Adèle Haenel

    During a summer in Paris, a love triangle develops between three girls in this provocative and perceptive portrait of teen angst and nascent sexuality. The awkward Anne, the bad girl Floriane, and ...

  • Tomboy
    Episode 3


    Episode 3

    Directed by Céline Sciamma • 2011 • France
    Starring Zoé Héran, Malonn Lévana, Jeanne Disson

    TOMBOY tells the story of ten-year-old Laure (played by the amazing Zoé Héran) who moves to the suburbs and decides to pass as a boy among the pack of neighborhood kids. As “Mickäel” she catches the atten...

  • Girlhood

    Episode 4

    Directed by Céline Sciamma • 2014 • France
    Starring Karidja Touré, Assa Sylla, Lindsay Karamoh

    Fed up with her abusive family situation, lack of school prospects, and the “boys’ law” in the neighborhood, Marieme starts a new life after meeting a group of three free-spirited girls. She changes he...