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Petite Maman

  Céline Sciamma

  France     72 minutes


In this delicate, imaginative tale, precocious and bright eight-year-old Nelly travels with her parents to her mother’s childhood home following the death of her grandmother. As her parents spend their days cleaning out the house, Nelly wanders the surrounding woods searching for the fort her mother constructed as a child. To her surprise, she encounters a girl her own age, who is building a fort, and the two become fast friends. In this jewel of a magical realist fairytale, Portrait of a Lady on Fire filmmaker Sciamma (who co-wrote Jacques Audiard’s Festival entry Paris, 13th District) celebrates the reveries of childhood while exploring the elusive connections between mothers and daughters, past and present, fantasy and reality.

 French with subtitles 

Screenings & Events

In-Theater Screening

Fri, Oct 15 @ 8:45pm CDT

at AMC River East, Screen 11

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In-Theater Screening

Wed, Oct 20 @ 5:30pm CDT

at AMC River East, Screen 11

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Virtual Screening

Available to stream for a 72-hour watch window beginning Oct 16 @ 6:00pm CDT in the following states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, and Wisconsin

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Film Credits

  •   Céline Sciamma
  •   Lilies Films, Canal+, Cine+, France 3 Cinéma


Film Patron

Penelope R. Steiner in honor of Festival Artistic Director Mimi Plauché, Chevalier de l’ordre des arts et des lettres (Knight of the Order of Arts and Lettres)

International Competition Patron

Jacolyn and John Bucksbaum