PETITE MAMAN Virtual Screenings World Cinema


After the death of her grandmother, eight-year-old Nelly goes to her mother’s childhood home as her parents sort through the estate. Nelly explores the nearby woods where her mother, Marion, used to play as a child and finds the tree fort she’s heard stories about for years. After Nelly’s mother suddenly leaves the next morning, Nelly meets a girl her own age in the woods, building a fort.

Following her masterpiece film PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE, Céline Sciamma crafts an enchanting and poetic coming-of-age story. Modest and poignant in its approach, PETITE MAMAN beautifully explores grief, memory and imagination through a child’s eyes. –Sarah Harris

Céline Sciamma is a BAFTA Award-nominated French writer and director widely known for her films PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE (2019), GIRLHOOD (2014), TOMBOY (2011) and WATER LILIES (2007). PETITE MAMAN, her newest feature, screened at the Toronto International Film Festival, Berlinale and Telluride.


Country: France

Year: 2021

Director: Céline Sciamma

Screenwriter: Céline Sciamma

Producer: Bénédicte Couvreur

Director of Photography: Claire Mathon

Editor: Julien Lacheray

Production Designer: Lionel Brison

Music: Jean-Baptiste de Laubier

Cast/Featuring: Joséphine Sanz, Gabrielle Sanz

Running Time (minutes): 72

Language: French