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‘Girlhood’ Stars Karidja Touré & Assa Sylla Selected for César (French Equivalent of the Oscars) Recognition

'Girlhood' Stars Karidja Touré & Assa Sylla Selected for César (French Equivalent of the Oscars) Recognition

Congratulations are in order for actresses Karidja Touré and Assa Sylla, stars of one of the most buzzed about films this year, French filmmaker Céline Sciamma’s coming-of-age drama “Bande de filles” (“Girlhood”); both young ladies have been selected by the French Academy to be honored with its Révélations des César (essentially a breakthrough award for newcomers; or performers to watch). The César, of course, is the French equivalent of the Oscars here in the USA, so this is a top honor for both of them.

Every year, the French Academy’s Newcomers Committee and the Governing Board choose a maximum of 32 young actors and actresses whom they consider especially outstanding. They will be honored, having earned their spotlights in history.

Director Sciamma shared the exciting news on Twitter this morning. 

“Girlhood” follows Marieme, a high schooler who feels oppressed by her family environment, dead-end future prospects, and the rowdy boys in her neighborhood, whose life gets a much-desired lift when she meets a group of 3 free-spirited girls. She changes her name, her dress code, and quits school to be accepted by her new friends, hoping that becoming a part of their clique will provide her with the escape she’s long wanted.

The film, which made its world premiere as a 2014 Directors’ Fortnight selection – a Cannes sidebar which is distinguished by its independent-mindedness, and its non-competitive nature, striving to be eclectic and receptive to unlikely forms of cinematic expression – was eventually been picked up by Strand Releasing for USA distribution, for an early 2015 release.
Girlhood stars Karidja Toure, Assa Sylla, Lindsay Karamoh, and Marietou Toure.
Sciamma directed the film from her own script.

Both Zeba and Wendy reviewed the film (at TIFF and LFF respectively), and both praised it! Read their thoughts here and here.

Trailer below:

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