"I set out to make movies about girls from the girl’s point of view … a lot of films celebrate women, but most of the time it is men doing the talking, so it ends up being a man’s perspective on women, rather than an authentic experience of being female." - Céline Sciamma, director of Water Lilies, Tomboy and Girlhood.
Certified Copy (2010) - France
DIR: Abbas Kiarostami
Oh, I lie now and then, I suppose. Sometimes I’d tell them the truth and they still wouldn’t believe me, so I prefer to lie.
The 400 Blows / Les quatre cents coups (1959)
Qu’Allah bénisse la France! (Abd Al Malik, 2014) trailer
The true story of a French teenager rising out of the underprivileged suburbs through love, education and rap music. Regis is a culturally gifted boy who dreams of success for his rap band, but he must accept drug money for the sake of his project. Discovering Islam and love, he bears with the harsh loss and paybacks of delinquency, until he finds the strength to express himself through music and slam-poetry and ultimately becomes a major artist of the French music scene. — Toronto International Film Festival
“I have to immerse myself in the character’s culture, that’s the first step towards understanding a character. Not research, but something more organic. You have to be completely involved through culture.”
Bande de filles (Céline Sciamma, 2014) trailer
Farewell My Queen (Les Adieux à La Reine)
In 1789, on the eve of the French Revolution, the court at the Palace of Versailles still live their routines, relatively unconcerned by the increasing turmoil in Paris a mere twenty miles away. The routines are seen through the eyes of the young Sidonie Laborde, who serves Queen Marie Antoinette.
Aïssa Maïga pour GQ France
Le genou de Claire (1970) dir. Éric Rohmer
Eden (Mia Hansen-Løve, 2014) trailer