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Céline Sciamma
Céline Sciamma
(born 12 November 1978) is a French screenwriter and film director. Sciamma's work is strikingly minimalist, partly the legacy of her mentor, Xavier Beauvois, who advised her while she was a student at the major French film school, La Fémis. While highly formalist and idiosyncratic (notably in her lack of dialogue and very stylized mise-en-scene), Sciamma's filmmaking, beginning with Water Lilies relates closely to the characteristics of first-time filmmaking in France, notably in its emphasis on coming-of-age films focused on adolescents or pre-adolescents. Sciamma is very interested, moreover, in the fluidity of gender and sexual identity among girls during this formative period.[1]


1 Life and career 2 Style 3 Filmography 4 References 5 External links

Life and career[edit] Sciamma was raised in Cergy-Pontoise.[2] Her debut film Water Lilies was selected for screening in the section Un certain regard at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival. The film secured three nominations for the 2008 César Awards; Sciamma was nominated for the 2008 César Award for Best Debut, and actresses Adèle Haenel and Louise Blachère were both nominated for the 2008 César Award for Most Promising Actress. Sciamma directed her first short film Pauline in 2009 as part of a government anti-homophobia campaign. Her 2011 film Tomboy was written and shot in a matter of months.[3] It premiered at the 61st Berlin International Film Festival
61st Berlin International Film Festival
in the Panorama section of the festival. Her 2014 film Girlhood was selected to be screened as part of the Directors' Fortnight
Directors' Fortnight
section of the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.[4] The film was also played at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival and the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. In interviews Sciamma stated that Girlhood would be her last coming-of-age film and she considered it, along with Water Lilies and Tomboy, a trilogy.[5] In 2014, Sciamma was in a relationship with the actress Adele Haenel whom she met on the set of Water Lilies. Haenel publicly acknowledged their relationship in her acceptance speech for her César award in 2014.[6] Their relationship continued as of 2017. [7][8]

Style[edit] Sciamma frequently collaborates with Para One who has scored all her films and who has directed scripts written by Sciamma in the past. She is noted for casting non-actors in her films. Sciamma has said that fashion and style form an important part of characterization which is why though uncredited, she works as the costume designer for all her films.[9] Filmography[edit]

Year Title Credited as Notes

Director Screenwriter

2004 Les Premières Communions

Yes Short film

2006 Cache ta joie

Yes Short film

2007 Water Lilies Yes Yes Louis Delluc Prize for Best First Film Cabourg Film Festival
Cabourg Film Festival
- Youth Jury Prize Nominated—César Award for Best First Feature Film Nominated— Caméra d'Or (2007 Cannes Film Festival) Nominated— Prix Un Certain Regard (2007 Cannes Film Festival)

2009 Pauline Yes

Short film

2010 Ivory Tower


2011 Tomboy Yes Yes Berlin International Film Festival
Berlin International Film Festival
- Teddy Jury Award Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema
Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema
- FIPRESCI Prize Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema
Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema
- SIGNIS Award Prix Jacques Prévert du Scénario for Best Original Screenplay

2012 The Returned

Yes TV series

2014 Bird People

Yes Screenplay consultant

2014 Girlhood Yes Yes Kermode Award for Best Director Stockholm International Film Festival
Stockholm International Film Festival
- Best Film Lumières Awards - Special
Jury Prize Nominated—César Award for Best Director Nominated—European Parliament Lux Prize Nominated—Lumières Award for Best Film Nominated—Lumières Award for Best Director

2014 Young Tiger

Yes Storyline consultant

2016 Being 17


2016 My Life as a Zucchini

Yes César Award for Best Adaptation Lumières Award for Best Screenplay

2017 Le Vent tourne

Yes Collaborating writer


^ Palmer, Tim (2011). Brutal Intimacy: Analyzing Contemporary French Cinema, Wesleyan University Press, Middleton CT. ISBN 0-8195-6827-9. ^ Romney, Jonathan. "The stars of Girlhood: 'Our poster is all over Paris, with four black faces on it…'". Retrieved 27 April 2015.  ^ Silverstein, Melissa. "Interview with Celine Sciamma: Writer/Director of Tomboy BLOGS". Retrieved 13 September 2014.  ^ "Cannes Directors' Fortnight
Directors' Fortnight
2014 lineup unveiled". Screendaily. Retrieved 26 April 2014.  ^ Blay, Zeba. "Interview: 'Girlhood' Director Celine Sciamma on Race, Gender & the Universality of the Story". Retrieved 7 February 2015.  ^ Jonathen Romney (4 December 2016). "Adele Haenel, Recycling cliches is a sign that a film lacks courage". The Guardian. Retrieved 8 December 2016.  ^ "Une Bien Belle Vie de Courgette". L'Avenir. 2 October 2016. Retrieved 26 February 2017.  ^ "Famous Lesbian Couples Whose Relationships We Applaud". PagalParrot. 2017-02-09. Retrieved 2017-06-26.  ^ Phillips, Mariah. "'GIRLHOOD' DIRECTOR CELINE SCIAMMA TALKS PARIS, FRIENDSHIP, AND COLORFUL STORYTELLING". Retrieved 8 May 2015. 

External links[edit]

Céline Sciamma
Céline Sciamma
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Films directed by Céline Sciamma

Water Lilies (2007) Pauline (film) (fr) (2010) Tomboy (2011) Girlhood (2014)

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WorldCat Identities VIAF: 96828192 LCCN: no2009122404 ISNI: 0000 0001 1478 1926 GND: 141290595 SUDOC: 149202946 BNF: cb155847724 (data) BIBSYS: 9057588 ICCU