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.
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...
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...