Petite Maman

Céline Sciamma

Feature Film
International Feature Film Competition

PLEASE NOTE: Petite Maman runs only on June 18 at 8 p.m. at Schauburg Dortmund. You can’t buy tickets online. Reservations can be made by Email to lindner@frauenfilmfestival.eu until 10 a.m. on the day of the screening. You receive a reservation confirmation by sending the contact form or the QR code. Reserved tickets must be picked up 30 minutes before the start of the screening. You can also buy ticket at the box office. Petite Maman is not available as Online-Stream.

Eight-year-old Nelly has just lost her grandmother, and is helping her parents clearing out her mother’s childhood home. She explores the house and surrounding woods where her mother, Marion, used to play and where she built the tree house Nelly has heard so much about. After only a short while though, her mother suddenly leaves unannounced. Soon afterwards Nelly meets a girl of her own age in the woods, building a tree house. Her name is Marion.

Céline Sciamma’s fifth film is another example of her great artistry. Via regular collaborator Claire Mathon’s deft cinematography, Sciamma only needs a few shots to set the scene and tone of the film. Her »time-travel film without a time machine« (Sciamma) is a fairy-tale reverie triggered by the twin mysteries of memory and the future. In just shy of 72 minutes, she uses the power of imagination and scant dialogue to examine bygone feelings of friendship, the transition to adulthood, loneliness, longing, mourning and love, which are carried on through generations. The empty gaps in the film leave room for interpretation and fully engage the audience. Ultimately, every viewer ends up seeing a different film.

Petite Maman is entered for the International Feature Film Competition and will receive a jury rating. Due to licensing rights, the film is unfortunately not available for streaming. The film is due for release in German cinemas in autumn 2021. We will then present the film in a preview together with the distributor.

Director / Script

Céline Sciamma


Claire Mathon


Julien Lacheray


Julien Sicart, Daniel Sobrino

Sound Design

Valérie de Loof


Jean-Baptiste de Laubier


Joséphine Sanz, Gabrielle Sanz, Nina Meurisse, Stéphane Varupenne, Margot Abascal


Lilies Films, Bénédicte Couvreur


France 3 Cinéma, Cécile Négrier


Alamode Film

Céline Sciamma

Born 1978, Céline Sciamma studied French literature at the Université Paris Nanterre and then screenwriting at La Fémis film school. Her directing brought her immediate success with her debut film Water Lilies, which premiered at Cannes in 2007. Her second film, Tomboy, opened the Panorama programme at the 2011 Berlinale, and collected the TEDDY Award among other prizes. Girlhood and Portrait of a Lady on Fire were also big international triumphs. The latter won the European Film Awards screenwriter prize. Sciamma’s adaptations of her own screenplays deal mainly with feminist and/or queer themes. She is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which awards the Oscars.

Films by Céline Sciamma
Portrait de la jeune fille en feu 2019 | Bande de filles 2014 | Tomboy 2011 | Pauline 2010 | Naissance des pieuvres 2007