Screen Talk: Céline Sciamma
Acclaimed director and screenwriter Céline Sciamma joins us to talk about her career and the making of her fourth feature film, Portrait of a Lady on Fire.
Acclaimed director and screenwriter Céline Sciamma joins us to talk about her career and the making of her fourth feature film, Portrait of a Lady on Fire. Fascinated by female identity and sexual fluidity during adolescence, Sciamma's 2007 debut Water Lilies explored burgeoning teenage desire among synchronised swimmers; it screened in the section Un Certain Regard at the Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for three César Awards, including the award for Best Debut. Her second film, Tomboy (2011), depicted a 10-year-old transgender child, premiering at the 61st Berlin International Film Festival and was subsequently shown in French schools as part of an educational programme. In 2014, Sciamma completed Girlhood, which she considered the final part of a thematic coming-of-age trilogy, following Water Lilies and Tomboy. Girlhood screened at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, the Toronto International Film Festival and the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. In between directing her own films, Sciamma continues to work as a screenwriter for other directors, including André Téchiné, with whom she co-wrote the screenplay for his 2016 film Being 17. In 2017 Sciamma won the Cesar Award for Best Writing for her adaptation of Gilles Paris' 2002 novel My Life as a Courgette. Her latest film, Portrait of a Lady on Fire, premiered In Competition at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, where it won the Queer Palm and the award for Best Screenplay.
This talk will be hosted by Tricia Tuttle, BFI London Film Festival Director.
Special £5 tickets for 25 & Under are bookable in advance at bfi.org.uk/lff/25-and-under.
See our screenings of Portrait of a Lady on Fire.