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OT: Tomboy

Céline Sciamma // France, 2011
Fiction Feature // FF2019



Empathetic, impressive and wonderfully natural, the film portrays the decisive summer for a girl who would like to be different. Laure likes her trousers baggy and her hair short. She doesn‘t look like a girl and if it was up to her she wouldn‘t be one. Laure is a tomboy – she dresses, feels and behaves like a boy. When she and her parents move house, she takes the chance to present herself to her new friends as Michael. Skilfully, she manages to keep her parallel existence secret. For her family she remains Laure, for the other kids she is Michael, who likes horsing around and playing football and who falls in love with pretty Lisa. Laure enjoys her new identity to the full, as if this summer could last forever.


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.




Fiction Feature





82 min

OV with German subtitles

Céline Sciamma

Céline Sciamma

Zoé Héran, Malonn Lévana, Jeanne Disson, Sophie Cattani, Mathieu Demy, Rayan Boubekri

Bénédicte Couvreur

Crystel Fournier

Julien Lacheray

Jean-Baptiste de Laubier

Thomas Grézaud

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