Céline Sciamma is among the most important directors of the contemporary era, intellectually stirring and persistently challenging. Sciamma’s 2019 masterpiece, Portrait of a Lady on Fire, is an erotic examination of the danger of desire and passion within the realm of a taboo relationship; finally, a film that looks at a lesbian relationship via a woman’s eyes.
The film joins a strong list of 21st-century titles that include Girlhood, Tomboy and Water Lilies, with each film intrinsically linked to the idea of female identity in contemporary life. Céline Sciamma’s highly anticipated upcoming film, Petite Maman, arrives in cinemas later in 2021 and follows the story of a young girl who has just lost her grandmother.
Staying in her grandmother’s old house for a while, the young girl meets a fellow eight-year-old friend and the two spark a fairytale adventure as they explore the nearby woods.
Receiving a brand new trailer, Petite Maman stars twins Joséphine and Gabrielle Sanz, and looks to be yet another must-see film from the master director. Displaying a vivid, imaginative sense of adventure, Céline Sciamma’s sings from the same hymn sheet as the influential animator of Studio Ghibli, Hayao Miyazaki, with the director recently revealing this to Empire Magazine in the Shang-Chi issue.
Outlining her inspiration, Sciamma commented, “I used him as a compass,” before adding, “He takes children seriously, he takes female characters seriously. He has a serious connection to nature. Sometimes to solve a question on set I would ask, ‘What would Miyazaki do?’”.
Petite Maman will be released in cinemas on November 19th 2021 and will stream on MUBI in the new year. Take a look at the brand new trailer for the film right here: