TOMBOY

Directed by Céline Sciamma
US release date: November 16, 2011

Tomboy, the second feature film written and directed by Céline Sciamma (Water Lilies), opens on Wednesday, November 16 at Film Forum in New York.

Synopsis: A French family with two daughters, 10-year-old Laure and 6-year-old Jeanne, moves to a new neighborhood during the summer holidays. With her Jean Seberg haircut and tomboy ways, Laure is immediately mistaken for a boy by the local kids and passes herself off as Michael. Filmmaker Sciamma brings a light and charming touch to this drama of childhood gender confusion. Zoé Heran as Laure/Michael and Malonn Lévanna as Jeanne are nothing less than brilliant. “Heran gets it just right. Not only is she/he piercingly photogenic, but she affects the self-conscious swagger of a boy with striking authenticity. Levana is another natural, oozing wit and wisdom beyond her six years.” — Mike Goodridge, Screen Daily. This is a relationship movie: relationships between children, and the even more complicated one between one’s heart and body.

Ms. Sciamma’s first feature, “Water Lilies,” a coming of age story about two young girls’ burgeoning sexuality, catapulted her as one of France’s most notable women directors, garnering her a César (France’s equivalent of the Academy Award) nomination for Best First Feature as well as the prestigious Prix Louis Delluc for Best First Feature awarded by the French Film Critics.

“(A) wonderful comic drama.” – Karen Durbin, Elle

Directed by Cline Céline Sciamma 
Running time 84 minutes, France, 2011
With Zoé Heran, Malonn Lévanna and Jeanne Disson

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