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Céline Sciamma

Petite maman

Edition 2022
73' - 2021 - Fantasy, Drama - Dialogue: French
Director: Céline Sciamma Composer: Jean-Baptiste de Laubier With: Joséphine Sanz, Gabrielle Sanz, Nina Meurisse
After Portrait de la jeune fille en feu, French filmmaker Céline Sciamma enchants again with the modern fairytale Petite maman. A gem that invites you to reminisce together, cry softly and heal slowly.
Céline Sciamma continues to prove herself as one of the most accomplished and unpredictable contemporary French filmmakers with her follow up to Portrait de la jeune fille en feu, the uniquely emotional, Petite maman. Following the death of her beloved grandmother, 8-year-old Nelly accompanies her parents to her mother’s childhood home to begin the difficult process of cleaning out its contents. As Nelly explores the house and nearby woods, she is immediately drawn to a neighbor her own age building a treehouse. What follows is a tender tale of childhood grief, memory and connection.
“Whether you are six or sixty, this astonishingly insightful and heartbreakingly hopeful cinematic poem will pierce your heart, broaden your mind and gladden your soul, even as you wipe away tears. (...) A mix of fairytale, ghost story and rites-of-passage journey.” - The Observer
Celine Sciamma en Lukas Dhont groot

Between Director's: Céline Sciamma meets Lukas Dhont

Wed 12.10 - 19:00 - Kinepolis 8

Two directors of sensitive queer cinema meet. After the screening of her latest feature Petite maman, French director Céline Sciamma will talk to Lukas Dhont, whose sophomore film Close is our opening film. Sciamma is best known for her ardent and heartbreaking 18th-century love story Portrait de la jeune fille en feu. Both filmmakers have made films that brim with sexuality, queerness and the intricacies of human relationships.

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Céline Sciamma


Jean-Baptiste de Laubier


Joséphine Sanz, Gabrielle Sanz, Nina Meurisse


Céline Sciamma

Director of Photography

Claire Mathon


Julien Lacheray


Bénédicte Couvreur

Production studios

Lilies Films



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Céline Sciamma
Water Lilies (2007), Pauline (short, 2010), Tomboy (2011), Girlhood (2014), La Coupe Bernard Tapine (short, 2018), Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019), Petite Maman (2021)

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