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Dream On: Céline Sciamma

Dream On: Céline Sciamma

Mar 5th 2021
Céline Sciamma moderated by Anas Sareen
A film begins during a long dreaming process for French writer-director Céline Sciamma: notes are taken disparately, sometimes over years, while the story forms in her head. But as soon as the writing begins, a lucid methodology sets in until the ideas become flesh. Sciamma's plots make the line between friendship and desire a thin one, unfolding the lives of girls and women who grow up and fall in love. But there is no naivety here. Rather, her female characters act with a definite boldness, affirming themselves under the gaze of others. Perhaps this has to do with the limits of dreaming more than anything else, for in Sciamma's own words: "little girls don't have dreams, they must have plans." With her fifth feature Petite Maman in this year's Competition, Céline treats us to a talk that bridges the worlds of myth and desire and the realities of writing and directing.

Céline Sciamma

Born in 1978, she studied French literature at Paris Nanterre University and then screenwriting at the film school La Fémis. Her debut feature film, WATER LILIES, premiered at Cannes in 2007; her second, TOMBOY, opened the 2011 Panorama and won the Teddy Award. GIRLHOOD screened in the Quinzaine des réalisateurs at Cannes and won numerous international awards. PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE, her fourth feature film for which she also wrote the screenplay, premiered in competition at Cannes and again won numerous prizes, including the European Film Award for Best European Screenwriter.

Anas Sareen

Born in Dubai in 1992 to an Iraqi-Turkish mother and an Indian father, Anas studied literature and film history at the universities of Lausanne and Oxford, then collaborated as a screenwriter before moving onto directing. He is a feature-film programmer for the Berlinale (Generation) and co-editor of the magazine Talking Shorts. Anas will be shooting his second short film, "The Gods," this summer, and is beginning to think about a first feature, provisionally titled "Swansong."
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