Fiction. During the summer holidays, Laure, a little girl aged 10, moves with her parents and her younger sister Jeanne to a new neighborhood. In this new setting, she has the opportunity to start anew and when she introduces herself to children her own age, she says her name is Michael. This is how her life begins in a new place: at home, she is the older sister of Jeanne, and meanwhile, in the streets, she behaves and dresses as a boy who enjoys soccer and outdoor games and activities. The movie tells us about her experiences, her relationship with her younger sister, with her parents, and with her new friends, who do not know her secret.

Céline Sciamma

Céline Sciamma was already a name to be remembered in French cinema since her debut in 2007, Water Lilies (Naissance des pieuvres). But since last year, she is definitely a reference among directors in the best European cinema, with the mesmerizing Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019).

With four feature films and a short film directed by her, Sciamma has evidenced a well-defined style of her own since the very beginning, always interested in the bold world of the coming-of-age narrative. Her stories about the search for gender identity in the midst of teenage years are seldom successful when attempted by other directors. But in the movies by Sciamma, she reveals nuances and unknown aspects that bring us new ways to look at our own youth – no matter how far it might be – and think about it, and about the youth surrounding us.


November 9th, 2020. 8 pm
mk2 Palacio de Hielo

Section: Retrospective Céline Sciamma


Year of Production: 2011

Running Time: 82’

Country: France

Language: French 

Director: Céline Sciamma

Cast: Zoé Héran, Malonn Lévana and Jeanne Disson

Production: Rémi Burah, Bénedicte Couvreur and Tiphaine Perin

Production Companies: Lilies Films, ARTE France Cinéma and Hold Up Films

International Sales: Abordar Casa de Películas

Main Festivals and Awards: Teddy Award at the Berlin International Film Festival. Audience Award (Rellumes Section) at the Gijón Festival. Award to Best Actress, FIPRESCI Award to Best Director, SIGNIS Award, Nominated to Best Film at the Buenos Aires Independent Cinema Festival. Winner of the Grand Prix at the Odesa International Film Festival. Jury Award at the Philadelphia International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival. Audience Award at the San Francisco International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival and Award to Best Film at the Torino International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival