-Petite Maman + short film Guaxuma

Fri 06 May 2022
Time 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Price £5

Director: Céline Sciamma (France, 2021, F-Rated)
Certification: PG | 1 h   13 min | Drama | Language: French with English subtitles

Acclaimed filmmaker Céline Sciamma (Portrait of a Lady on Fire, Girlhood) returns with her latest treasure, PETITE MAMAN, a sublime modern fairytale about the quiet wonder of mother-daughter relationships. A favourite of the 2021 Berlin Film Festival, this beautifully understated drama returns the director to her preoccupation with coming-of-age stories to typically masterful effect.

The film tells the story of eight-year-old Nelly’s fantastical journey after the death of her beloved grandmother. While helping her mother clear out her childhood home, Nelly begins to explore the surrounding woodland and encounters a strangely familiar girl her own age. Instantly forming a connection with this mysterious new friend, Nelly embarks on a formative flight of fancy that encourages her to come to terms with this newfound loss.

★★★★★ “Flawless… a masterpiece” – Financial Times
★★★★★ “An artistic masterstroke… Elegant and very moving” – The Guardian

★★★★★ “Enchanting… Elegant and compelling” – Empire

★★★★★ “One of the finest filmmakers of our time” – CineVue

+ Short film: Guaxuma

Director: Nara Normande (France, Brazil, 2018, F-Rated)
Certification: TBC | 14 min | Animation, Drama | Language: Portuguese with English subtitles

Guaxuma is an autobiographical short film about director Nara Normande’s connection to Guaxuma, a beach in the north east of Brazil where she and her best friend Tayra grew up,  but as a teenager Nara had to leave this place of freedom. After an unexpected shattering event, Nara returns to Guaxuma but she doesn’t recognize the paradise of her childhood anymore. Is it the beach that has changed or Nara herself?

With support from the BFI Film Audience Network (BFI FAN) awarding funds from The National Lottery.

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