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Celine Sciamma        

Award-Winning French Filmmaker Known for "Girlhood" & "Tomboy"

Celine Sciamma is a French film director, screenwriter and costume designer known for her strikingly minimalist body of work, which commonly features very little dialogue and stylized mise-en-scene.

Sciamma frequently casts non-professional actors in her films. She also designs the costumes for all of her films, though she is uncredited, because she believes that fashion and style are crucial in characterization.

In 2019, Sciamma's film Portrait of a Lady on Fire won the Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Screenplay.

Three of Sciamma's most famous works, Girlhood, Tomboy and Water Lilies, focus on coming-of-age and form, in her mind, a trilogy of sorts. A common theme in these works is the fluidity of gender and sexual identity of girls during the formative period of adolescence.

Sciamma is a graduate of the acclaimed French film school La Fémis.


Cannes 2019: Women Directors Gain Ground – Variety

... and “Portrait of a Lady on Fire” by Céline Sciamma. That may seem like a paltry number, but it's the best showing since 2011 and represents more than 21% of ...

‘Girlhood’ Filmmaker Céline Sciamma Working On A New Film With ‘BPM’ Actress Adèle Haenel

The French filmmaker burst onto the scene as writer and director of the 2007 film “Water Lillies,” which was a breakout hit at that year’s Cannes. Since then, she has two more critically-acclaimed films under her belt, including 2014’s “Girlhood,” which again earned Sciamma some awards-recognition. Now, we have learned that Sciamma is going behind the camera again for a new film, her fourth as director, and she’s bringing along a “Water Lillies” actress to star.

Cannes Lineup Includes New Films by Terrence Malick, Céline Sciamma, & More

This morning, the lineup for the 72nd Cannes Film Festival was revealed, and just as notable as what made the cut is what didn’t.

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