Céline Sciamma

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Céline Sciamma
Born (1978-11-12) 12 November 1978 (age 36)
Pontoise, Val-d'Oise, France
Nationality French
Occupation Film director, screenwriter
Years active 2004–present

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]

Directing career[edit]

Sciamma's 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.[2] It premiered at the 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 section of the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.[3] The film was also played at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival and the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.


  • 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. ^ Silverstein, Melissa. "Interview with Celine Sciamma: Writer/Director of Tomboy BLOGS". Retrieved 13 September 2014. 
  3. ^ "Cannes Directors' Fortnight 2014 lineup unveiled". Screendaily. Retrieved 26 April 2014. 

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