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Top 200 Most Anticipated Films for 2014: #96. Celine Sciamma’s Band of Girls (Bande de Filles)

Band of Girls (Bande de Filles)

Director: Celine Sciamma
Writer: Celine Sciamma
Producer: Hold Up Films
U.S. Distributor: Rights Available
Cast: Unknown

Director Celine Sciamma, who received considerable regard for her first two features, Water Lilies (2007) and Tomboy (2011) returns with her latest feature, the final in a trilogy of films dealing with childhood and adolescence. An unknown cast, made up of young women between the ages of 16 and 20, Sciamma’s latest, which will most likely examine sexuality and orientation as frankly as she has with her other features, sounds similar to Breillat’s school of filmmaking. Based on the quality of her first two films, this is a definite must-see title of 2014.

Gist: The story focuses on Marieme, 16, who lives her life as a succession of prohibitions. The censorship exercised by the neighborhood, the law laid down by boys, the dead end of school… But her encounter with a group of girls who have claimed their freedom changes everything. She embraces the codes of the street, violence, friendship, to live her youth.

Release Date: The film should be ready by this spring, so we predict this showing up in Un Certain Regard at Cannes.

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Los Angeles based Nicholas Bell is's Chief Film Critic and covers film festivals such as Sundance, Berlin, Cannes and TIFF. He is part of the critic groups on Rotten Tomatoes, The Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA), FIPRESCI, the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS) and GALECA. His top 3 for 2023: The Beast (Bonello) Poor Things (Lanthimos), Master Gardener (Schrader). He was a jury member at the 2019 Cleveland International Film Festival.

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