House of Talents
With: Céline Sciamma & Anas Sareen
In this episode, we sit down with one of French cinema’s most prominent voices: Céline Sciamma. Drawing on Anglo-Saxon and French filmmaking traditions, the writer and director (Water Lilies, Portrait of a Lady on Fire, Petite Maman) portrays characters caught up in new desires, bridging childhood and adulthood. At Berlinale Talents 2021, we got the chance to ask Céline about her artistic coming-of-age before we turned to her “delicate machines”: that is to say, her films.
Our journey through the Berlinale Talents archive begins with the award-winning Brazilian screenwriter, director, critic and festival organiser Kleber Mendonça Filho (Aquarius; Bacurau). The precarious political situtuation in Brazil means filmmakers are on the verge of a crisis, yet find themselves in one of the best moments of Brazilian cinema. Within the frame of ‘Collectives’ during Berlinale Talents 2020, Kleber Mendonça Filho reflects on the artistic responces to the societal tensions and inequalities in conversation with Vincenzo Bugno, Head of the World Cinema Fund, and discusses a desire within the film industry to support dissident creative voices and challenge established hierarchies.