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The Emotional Lives of … 8 Year-Olds!: Céline Sciamma Begins Filming “Petite Maman”

The Emotional Lives of … 8 Year-Olds!: Céline Sciamma Begins Filming “Petite Maman”

After portraits dealing on teenage sexuality (Water Lilies), gender identity (Tomboy), reinvention (Girlhood) and yearning (Portrait of a Lady on Fire), Céline Sciamma will be working with her youngest cast yet in Petite Maman. Filming on her fifth feature film began this week and last until the beginning of December on project that is likely filming in Paris on current lockdown. Details on the film haven’t been divulged but it features two eight-year-old children.

Portrait of a Lady on Fire cinematographer Claire Mathon (also Atlantics) reteam with Sciamma. Lilies Films is producing. This is not the only project currently filming with the “Sciamma name” as Jacques Audiard is currently lensing his ninth feature – one that was co-written with Sciamma. We’ll be updating this project over the weeks to come.


Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury 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 was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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