getting rave reviews when it premiered at the Cannes Film Festival last May, and later at the Toronto Film Festival, and from our own Zeba Bray (HERE), French filmmaker Céline
Sciamma’s coming of age film Girlhood (“Bande de Filles”) is about to be released theatrically in the U.S., through Strand
The film, which stars Karidja Toure, Assa Sylla, Lindsay Karamoh, and Marietou Toure, and is set in the suburbs of Paris, known as the banlieue, and deals with, as Tambay described,
“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.”
think about it, there have been, pathetically, few serious films that deal with
young black women, which makes “Girlhood” even more important. So if you live in
the Chicago area, you’re in luck, because the film will play for an exclusive week-long
engagement at the Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago, from Feb. 6-12.
Siskel Film center website, go HERE for more information.