Céline Sciamma

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Céline Sciamma
Born (1980-11-12) November 12, 1980 (age 33)
Pontoise, France
Nationality French
Occupation Film director, screenwriter

Céline Sciamma (born 12 November 1980, Pontoise) 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]

Her 2014 film Girlhood was selected to be screened as part of the Directors' Fortnight section of the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.[2]


  • 2004: Les Premières Communions, a short film by Jean-Baptiste de Laubier alias Para One
  • 2006: Cache ta joie, a short film by Jean-Baptiste de Laubier alias Para One
  • 2007: Water Lilies
  • 2010: Ivory Tower, a film by Adam Traynor
  • 2011: Tomboy
  • 2014: Bébé tigre (storyline consultant)


  1. ^ Palmer, Tim (2011). Brutal Intimacy: Analyzing Contemporary French Cinema, Wesleyan University Press, Middleton CT. ISBN 0-8195-6827-9.
  2. ^ "Cannes Directors' Fortnight 2014 lineup unveiled". Screendaily. Retrieved 26 April 2014. 

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