The hugely anticipated new film from writer/director Céline Sciamma (Tomboy, Water Lilies), GIRLHOOD is a sensational story of female empowerment set in the tough neighbourhoods of Paris.

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Director: Céline Sciamma
Cast: Karidja Touré, Assa Sylla, Lindsay Karamoh, Mariétou Touré
Duration: 112 mins
Country of Origin: France

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Girlhood

★★★★
“Very fine. Touré’s performance is quite remarkable. Sciamma is an accomplished filmmaker and this sympathetic, insightful and non-judgmental movie succeeds beautifully in illuminating what are surely universal experiences for disenfranchised urban teenage girls. It’s very well worth seeing.”
David Stratton, THE AUSTRALIAN

“This is a beautiful film. This young woman’s coming-of-age story is an empowering journey, and it feels like you’re travelling somewhere unexplored as we see her negotiate through a moral and urban maze. Wonderfully shot… it’s visually so strong. Sciamma has commendable empathy as a filmmaker, and the way she brings these girls into focus, pulling them beyond simple archetypes marked by poverty and marginalistion, is a great achievement. You’ll fall in love with the film.”
Jason Di Rosso, ABC RADIO NATIONAL

★★★★1/2
“Shows the real Paris, the Paris with grit, the Paris where people holler at each other on the subway, the multicultural Paris, the city where not everything looks perfect. It’s a truly honest, original script, visually convincing and unlike so many other coming-of-age films.”
Sarah Barratt, THE MUSIC

★★★★★
“Electrifying. One of the films of the year. Confirms Sciamma as quite simply one of the best directors of her generation.”
Wendy Ide, THE TIMES

★★★★★
“Speaks the language of its characters with wit, fluency and insight. What comes through most is the sheer affection for these characters, a bittersweet admiration of their strengths and complexities, an absence of moralising about their lifestyles, a celebration of their interpersonal diversity. The result is honest, empowering and electrifying. Bravo!”
Mark Kermode, THE OBSERVER

★★★★
“A coming of age classic that will ring true wherever you are from. Great films don’t just make you feel different, they make you feel differently. In a terrifically subtle but completely involving way, Girlhood carries you along with its characters, neither lionising nor demonising them, but allowing you to watch them live their lives and make their own decisions, be they rash or inspired or a terrifying mixture of the two. This is a movie that’s set in, and celebrates, the immediate, impulsive here and now.”
Robbie Collin, THE TELEGRAPH

★★★★
“Dynamic. Explosive. Has a raw emotional urgency and energy.”
Peter Bradshaw, THE GUARDIAN

“An emphatic triumph! Raw and insistent, bold and brawling, Girlhood throbs with the global now.”
Alan Scherstuhl, THE VILLAGE VOICE

“Takes one of contemporary film’s most familiar themes, a teenage girl’s coming of age, and makes it feel like we’ve never truly seen it before. Beautifully observed, precisely directed and acted with wonderful conviction, Girlhood pulls us into the life of its protagonist in a deeply involving way. We feel the power of sisterhood as a very real and essential force and comfort. More than anything, it’s a celebration of the energy and passion for life of these young women. We cannot be sure where they will end up, but their struggles are experiences we are not likely to forget.”
Kenneth Turan, THE LOS ANGELES TIMES

★★★★★
“An adrenaline shot – an invigorating and perspicacious exploration of adolescence. A truly mesmerising experience.”
Patrick Gamble, CINEVUE

“NYT Critics’ Pick! With exemplary sensitivity and sympathy, Ms. Sciamma revels in the risky, reckless exuberance of adolescence and in the sheer joy of filming it. Karidja Touré, evolving from the shy Marieme into the assertive Vic, carries herself with the kind of dignity that disarms all pity. Ms. Sciamma is less interested in what Marieme might represent than in what she experiences. While the movie has a lot to say about the general condition of being a girl, in the Paris banlieues and elsewhere, it never loses sight of the specific girl at its heart.”
A.O. Scott, THE NEW YORK TIMES

“Hugely uplifting. Bursting onto the screen in a blast of buzzing power pop, Girlhood is marked from the outset by its energetic embrace of the complexity and contradictions of underprivileged, urban teenage life. A fascinatingly layered, textured film that manages to be both a lament for sweetness lost and a celebration of wisdom and identity gained, often at the very same moment.The film just teems with life.”
Jessica Kiang, THE PLAYLIST

★★★★★
“Startlingly impressive – the clear standout and the absolute highlight of this year’s 26th Alliance Française French Film Festival. Karidja Touré is incandescent.”
Stephen Russell, THE LOWDOWN UNDER

OPENING NIGHT – 2014 CANNES INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL – DIRECTOR’S FORTNIGHT
OFFICIAL SELECTION – 2014 SAN SEBASTIAN FILM FESTIVAL
OFFICIAL SELECTION – 2014 TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
OFFICIAL SELECTION – 2014 BFI LONDON FILM FESTIVAL
OFFICIAL SELECTION – 2015 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL
WINNER – CRITICS’ PRIZE – 2015 ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL

The hugely anticipated new film from writer/director Céline Sciamma (Tomboy, Water Lilies), GIRLHOOD is a stunning and emotionally affecting story of female friendship and empowerment, set in districts of Paris that you may never have experienced on screen.

Mariame (an incendiary, star-making performance from Karidja Touré) is a shy 16-year-old who lives with her mostly absent mother, a domineering older brother, and two younger sisters of whom she largely takes responsibility for caring. Left behind at high school where she’s told her grades are too poor to continue, Mariame is soon lured out of her shell by three vivacious neighborhood teens. Enthralled by their bravado and brash energy, Mariame quickly adopts their flashier look and adapts to their bolder and often reckless behavior, making both foolish and brave choices as she struggles towards independence.

GIRLHOOD finds irresistible energy in these young characters for whom attitude is everything. Featuring sumptuous cinematography and a jubilant soundtrack, the film builds momentum with every scene, and exudes life from every frame.

MORE…
‘Girlhood Changes the Face of the Coming-of-Age-Story’ – Céline Sciamma with Vogue.

‘Growing up on the wrong side of Paris’ – Breakout star Karidja Touré with i-D.

‘Why pop star Rihanna gave her blessing to Film Festival movie Girlhood’ – Céline Sciamma with NZ Herald.

‘Step aside ‘Boyhood’, it’s ‘Girlhood’ time’ – The Independent.

‘What It Feels Like For A Diva: Celine Sciamma treats girls like boys in her newest film about fluid sexuality’ – Armond White for Out.

Celine Sciamma on feminism, race and Paris post-Charlie Hebdo with Indiewire.

Celine Sciamma with The Seventh Row.

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