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Watch First Full Trailer for 2014 Film Festival Darling ‘Girlhood’ (‘Bande de Filles’)

Watch First Full Trailer for 2014 Film Festival Darling 'Girlhood' ('Bande de Filles')

The force is strong with this one, if the handful of strong reviews of it, since its Cannes Film Festival premiere (and now at Toronto’s TIFF) are any indication.

Read Zeba Blay’s here if you missed it when it was published last week.

French filmmaker Céline Sciamma’s coming-of-age drama “Bande de filles” (it’s English language title will be “Girlhood”) film 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 picked up by Strand Releasing for USA distribution, earlier this summer, which is obviously awesome for those of us in the USA.
Plans are for an early 2015 release, so we’ll have to wait a little while. Although the film continues to travel the international film festival circuit (it’s currently at TIFF), which might include a film festival in your neck of the woods. As it travels, we’ll alert you of its whereabouts.
“Girlhood” stars Karidja Toure, Assa Sylla, Lindsay Karamoh, and Marietou Toure.
Sciamma directed the film from her own script.

While you wait, check out the latest release trailer – which is longer than the teaser we’ve all already seen, and includes footage from the film. I’m sure Strand will eventually recut and release a trailer for the film’s USA release.

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