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Bande de Filles/Girlhood

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Bande de Filles / Girlhood (2015, 113 min) by Céline Sciamma

The hood, gangs, school, parents — it’s all too much for Marieme, who joins an all-girl gang in the Paris project where she lives. As she falls further under their bravado and volatile energy, she begins making bold and foolish choices. Director Celine Sciamma gets an ultra-natural performance from a non-professional cast energized by a soundtrack rooted in golden-age hip hop by Para One, an alias of French electro producer Jean-Baptiste de Laubier.

"Girlhood" is a mesmerizing exercise in the enlightenment that can happen when a filmmaker shifts the male cinematic gaze ever so slightly and uncovers what looks like a whole new world.— Ann Hornaday, Washington Post


Short film: Girl with Child (2012, 9 min) By Maria Abraham

In English


J.P Anderson is the Editor-in-Chief of Michigan Avenue magazine, Chicago's premier luxury lifestyle publication, which chronicles the people, culture, politics, fashion, and parties that make the Windy City so spectacular. A native of Ottawa, Ill. and a graduate of Harvard University, J.P. has traveled throughout France, the French West Indies, and the U.S. as a writer for travel guides like Let's Go and Rough Guide, and was previously the worldwide editorial director for Where publications.

Céline Sciamma 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.


Paris/Chicago - Film retrospective 2016-2017

The City of Lights and the Windy City come together at the Alliance for our Film Retrospective 2016-17 as we highlight the 20th anniversary of sister cities Chicago and Paris.

Join our guest speakers from both sides of the ocean as they show us the Paris they love. Discover Chicago filmmakers with a selection of short films curated by theChicago International Film Festival before each feature presentation. Enjoy a cinematic journey from the Pont Neuf to the LaSalle Street bridge with us!


Parking: 12 hours for $8 at two locations close to the Alliance. More information here.

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