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Water Lilies

OT: Naissance des pieuvres

Céline Sciamma // France, 2007
Fiction Feature // FF2019



The strict choreography of synchronized swimming juytaposed with the commotion of personal feelings: a subtle, soaring coming-of-age story about the erotic turbulence inside three teenage girls. A swimming pool in a suburb of Paris. 15-year old Marie is fascinated by a group of female synchronized swimmers, above all Floriane, who is the same age as Marie, but seems more mature and is the star of the formation. Marie‘s best friend Anne is also on the team. Their relationship is increasingly overshadowed by the rivalry between Anne and Floriane, who both fancy the same boy. But there’s another reason for the growing distance: Marie is falling in love with Floriane and would do anything to please her.


CÉLINE SCIAMMA (*1980) studied screenplay writing at the Paris film school La fémis and presented her debut Water Lilies in 2007. It was followed by Tomboy (2011) which won several prizes, Girlhood (2014) and Portrait of a Lady on Fire, which ran in competition at Cannes and won Best Screenplay. Sciamma has also written many screenplays, including Claude Barras' My Life as a Courgette and André Téchiné’s Being 17.



Naissance des pieuvres

Fiction Feature





81 min

OV with English subtitles

Céline Sciamma

Céline Sciamma

Pauline Acquart, Louise Blachère, Adèle Haenel

Bénédicte Couvreur, Jérôme Dopffer

Crystel Fournier

Julien Lacheray

Para one (Jean-Baptiste de Laubier)

Gwendal Bescond

Balthazar Productions; Arte / Cofinova 3; Centre National de la Cinématographie (CNC)

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