WHO’S IN IT?
Karidja Touré (film debut), Assa Sylla (film debut), Lindsay Karamoh (film debut), Mariétou Touré (film debut), Idrissa Diabaté (Asphalt Playground), Simina Soumaré (film debut), Dielika Coulibaly (film debut), Cyril Mendy (The Intouchables), Djibril Gueye (Aliyah), Binta Diop (film debut), Chance N’Guessan (film debut), Rabah Nait Oufella (The Class), Damien Chapelle (Métamorphoses), Nina Melo (Heartbreaker), Elyes Sabyani (film debut), Halem El Sabagh (film debut)
WHO’S BEHIND THE CAMERA?
Céline Sciamma (Tomboy), director, writer; Bénédicte Couvreur (Water Lillies), producer; Jean-Baptiste de Laubier (Tomboy), composer; Crystel Fournier (The Moon Child), cinematographer; Julien Lacheray (Grand Central), editor
WHAT’S IT ABOUT?
Oppressed by her family, dead-end school prospects and boys’ rule of her neighbourhood, teenager Marieme (Touré) starts a new life for herself when she meets and befriends a group of three, spirited girls. She ditches school, adopts a new dress code and even changes her name to Vic in order to feel a sense of freedom with her new friends…
IN ONE SENTENCE, WHY SHOULD YOU BE EXCITED?
Please don’t confuse this as being a spin-off of Richard Linklater’s 12-year odyssey Boyhood – rather, Girlhood is a very different story about coming of age and finding acceptance, brilliantly told by French director Céline Sciamma and expertly portrayed by a group of mostly fresh-faced actresses.