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Video Interview: Maïmouna Doucouré – Cuties | 2020 Sundance Film Festival

With her award-winning short Maman(s), Maïmouna Doucouré masterfully details the traumas associated by living in a nonsecular upbringing. Mining from her own experiences and peripheral backdrop, the French filmmaker doubles down on the notion of being weighed down when secluded but also infuses the text with femininity, cultural identity, womanhood and the deeply almost life or death need to belonging. The Sundance Film Festival winning Cuties is fresh, spunky cinema and captures unfiltered combative girlhood fighting to make some sense about the adult world that surrounds them (perhaps this is a spiritual French cousin to Sean Baker’s The Florida Project). The project was picked up by Netflix prior to the festival — a big deal for a first time feature that had yet to debut at the festival.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at (founded in 2000). Eric is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson's This Teacher (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022 he served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include Tár (Todd Field), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen), Aftersun (Charlotte Wells).

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