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(Bande de filles)

Year: 2014
Country: FRANCE
Language: French
Run Time: 112 minutes


In the darkness, 16-year-old Marieme and her younger sister Bébé extend their arms across the distance between their two beds to hold hands. Their mother is working the nightshift, and their abusive older brother Djibril lurks in the next room. On this night, though Djibril never emerges, Marieme remains desperate to change her life. After she fails eighth grade for the second time, the guidance counselor advises Marieme to attend vocational school. But Marieme has no intention of following in her mother’s footsteps. Instead, she befriends a group of delinquent girls who shoplift and steal money from kids to outfit their extravagant lifestyle. For a while, the camaraderie enlivens Marieme. Her new friends dub her “Vic,” for being “victorious” over Djibril, and she starts dating Djibril’s friend Ismaël. Yet, Marieme still longs for independence, and she will go to any length to get it in Céline Sciamma’s restrained and captivating exploration of GIRLHOOD. (In French with subtitles) – E.B.

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Céline Sciamma

Born in Pontoise, France, Céline Sciamma studied screenwriting at La Fémis in Paris. As a writer and director, she has earned widespread critical acclaim and numerous awards, including the Louis Delluc Prize for "Water Lilies" in 2007 and the Teddy Jury Award at the Berlin International Film Festival for "Tomboy" in 2011.

"Water Lilies" (2007), "Tomboy" (2011) – 36th CIFF, GIRLHOOD (2014)

Bénédicte Couvreur

Céline Sciamma

Crystel Fournier

Julien Lacheray

Principal Cast
Karidja Touré, Assa Sylla, Lindsay Karamoh, Mariétou Touré, Idrissa Diabaté

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