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Dancing to Rihanna’s ‘Diamonds’ Takes the Edge Off in First Clip From ‘Girlhood’ (Opens Friday)

Dancing to Rihanna's 'Diamonds' Takes the Edge Off in First Clip From 'Girlhood' (Opens Friday)

Strand Releasing will open the film in theaters – likely a very limited release – this weekend, January 30, 2015.

Of note, Karidja Touré and Assa Sylla – stars of one of the most buzzed about films of the last year, directed French filmmaker Céline Sciamma – were 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.

“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 picked up by Strand Releasing for USA distribution.

Both Zeba and Wendy reviewed the film (at TIFF 2014 and LFF 2014 respectively), and both praised it! Read their thoughts here and here.

We have an interview with the filmmaker coming, so look out for that!

While you wait, here’s a first clip from the film – a pivotal scene, which, although it may not appear to be so, will make more sense after you watch everything that happens up until this moment (underneath you’ll find the film’s trailer):

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