Petite Maman

Directed by Céline Sciamma

Notable Festivals: Berlin International Film Festival, 2021; Sydney Film Festival, 2021.

Awards: Nominee, Best International Film, Film Independent Spirit Awards, 2022; Nominee, Best Film Not in the English Language, BAFTA Awards, 2022.

Céline Sciamma is one of the most respected and interesting filmmakers working today.  The director of acclaimed features like Girlhood and Portrait of a Lady on Fire, Sciamma has devoted her career to interrogating classical cinema’s male gaze.  Her characters push the boundaries of traditional gender norms and her movies become a form of protest and activism as a result.  Sciamma’s latest, Petite Maman, tells the story of Nelly, a young girl whose grandmother has just passed away.  As she cleans out the house where her mother was raised, Nelly meets a girl who is her same age.  The Bates Film Festival is proud to screen this film in advance of its theatrical release on April 22, 2022. (Written by Jonathan J. Cavallero, Bates Rhetoric, Film, and Screen Studies Professor).


Screens: Fri Apr 1 / 1:15pm / Nordica Theater 3