Sébastien Lifshitz’s Adolescentes to be showcased at Locarno
by Fabien Lemercier
- The new documentary by the French filmmaker, produced by Agat Films and sold by Doc & Film International, will be world-premiered in the Locarno Critics’ Week
A shoot that lasted five years (24 days per year) and 500 hours of rushes: an extraordinary documentary is set to be unveiled on 9 August in the 30th Critics’ Week as an integral part of the 72nd Locarno Film Festival (7-17 August 2019) – namely, Adolescentes by Sébastien Lifshitz.
After beginning his career with the fiction titles Come Undone (2000), Wild Side (Berlinale Panorama in 2004) and Going South [+see also:
film profile] (2009), the French filmmaker successfully veered into documentary territory, helming Les Invisibles [+see also:
film profile] (an Official Selection special screening at Cannes in 2012 and the winner of the César Award for Best Documentary in 2013), Bambi [+see also:
film profile] (a 57-minute film that won the Teddy Award for Best Documentary in the 2013 Berlinale Panorama and the Audience Award at IndieLisboa, and garnered a nomination for Best Short Film at the 2014 César Awards) and Les vies de Thérèse [+see also:
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Adolescentes follows best friends Emma and Anaïs, who would seem to have nothing in common, from their social backgrounds to their personalities. From the age of 13 to 18, Adolescentes follows the two teenagers during these years when radical transformations and first times are a regular feature of their daily lives. Through their personal stories, the film paints a rare portrait of France and its recent history.
Produced by Muriel Meynard for Agat Films & Cie, Adolescentes was co-produced by Arte France Cinéma and the Society and Culture Department of Arte France, and secured backing from the Ile-de-France region. The French theatrical distribution will be handled by Ad Vitam, while the international sales have been entrusted to Doc & Film International.
(Translated from French)
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