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Petite Maman

Presented by Film Feels Curious

Presented as part of SHE’S CURIOUS, a programme of events and activities celebrating the imagination, creativity and private worlds of women through film taking place in July 2022 in Brighton & Hove and Lewes.

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Petite Maman / 2021 / 73mins / Subtitled / Rated PG

Following the international triumph of Portrait of a Lady on Fire, Céline Sciamma returns to the mysteries of childhood à la Water Lillies, Tomboy and My Life as a Courgette with her fifth feature, Petite Maman. Delicately playful, and tinged with melancholy, her newest film is a spellbinding adventure in imagination which weaves a spectral fairytale from a child’s-eye view on love and loss.

After the death of her beloved grandmother, 8-year-old Nelly (Joséphine Sanz) travels to her mother’s childhood home to help her parents clean out her grandmother’s apartment. Nelly explores the house and its wooded surroundings where her mother, Marion (Nina Meurisse), used to play as a child. After Marion leaves the house suddenly, stricken with grief following her mother’s passing, Nelly meets and befriends a young girl in the woods of the same age, whose name is also Marion (Gabrielle Sanz). Instantly forming a connection with this mysterious new friend, Nelly embarks on a fantastical journey of discovery which helps her come to terms with this newfound loss.

A quietly profound and powerful film, as well as an incredibly moving portrait of grief told through the perspective of a young girl, Petite Maman will take you to a place of magical realism as it explores mourning at an early age, while addressing the importance of imagination and curiosity during these harder times. Processing big emotions in a short runtime, Petite Maman is an enchanting experience and one of the best films about childhood of recent years.

Doors and Bar at 7:15pm for an 8pm start


SHE’S CURIOUS meanders through the lives and experiences of women of all ages and abilities, shining a light on female narratives, secret places and private desires.

Curated and delivered in partnership by Screenshot, a network of alternative and independent film programmers in Brighton & beyond, SHE’S CURIOUS presents a selection of unique and unforgettable film experiences that showcase complex and intriguing female protagonists, as well as films that are led by female creators behind the screen.

Film screenings will take place at DepotFabrica and The Old Market

Plus: Try out the One Bum Cinema Club booth and see an unexpected short animated film, chosen at random for you. This free, drop-in personal cinema experience will tour ACCA, Depot and The Old Market from 6 – 21 July 2022.

SHE’S CURIOUS is part of Film Feels Curious, a UK-wide cinema season, supported by the National Lottery and BFI Film Audience Network. Explore all films and events at filmfeels.co.uk.


Facilitated by Fabrica on behalf of Screen Shot, which promotes and supports alternative film events in Sussex. Screen Shot works with independent programmers, film clubs, festivals and community groups to help special events, pop-up screenings and live cinema events reach a wider audience.

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18th Jul




The Old Market

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Céline Sciamma

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73 mins

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