Announced a month ago, 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”) – 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.
Today, Strand has announced that the film’s premiere date has been set for January 30, 2015, starting in New York.
Trailer below (although I’m sure we’ll get a new one from Strand soon)::