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Emma and Anaïs are best friends and yet everything in their life seems to oppose them, their social background but also their personality. From the age of 13 to 18, Adolescentes follows the two teenagers during these years where radical transformations and first times punctuate daily life. Through their personal stories, the film offers a rare portray of France and its recent history.

Born in Paris, Sébastien Lifshitz studied art history at the Ecole du Louvre. Besides three fiction films, Come Undone, Wild Side and Going South, starring Léa Seydoux, Lifshitz is renowned for documentaries that often focus on French queer experiences. His documentary debut La traversée, premiered in Cannes' Directors’ Fortnight; Wild Side (Teddy Award winner), Bambi and Little Girl were all selected for the Berlin Film Festival; Invisibles won the 2017 César award for Best Documentary; Adolescents, which followed two teenage girls during five years, won Lifshitz three 2020 César awards including Best Documentary.


Director:  Sébastien Lifschitz
Starring: Emma and Anaïs
Languages: In French with English subtitles
Runtime: 135 min

Screening on Friday, October 29, 7:30, at Maysles Documentary Center (NY), in partnership with Uptown flicks and with the support of UniFrance.