Neon Nabs Celine Sciamma’s French Drama ‘Petite Maman’ After Berlin Debut

Neon has acquired North American rights to Céline Sciamma's latest feature, "Petite Maman," following its premiere at the Berlin Film Festival.
Jeff Deutchman negotiated the deal for Neon with Fionnuala Jamison of MK2, which is handling international sales. Bénédicte Couvreur of Lilies Films produced "Petite Maman," which was shot by cinematographer Claire Mathon, Sciamma's frequent collaborators.
Sciamma's "Portrait of a Lady on Fire" premiered in competition at the Cannes Film Festival, later earning plaudits from BAFTA, the Golden Globes, the National Board of Review and the Independent Spirit Awards. Her other filmmaking credits include "Tomboy" and "Water Lilies."” />
Variety's chief film critic Peter Debruge praised the film, calling it "playful" with "touches of magical realism."
It stars sisters Joséphine and Gabrielle Sanz, as well as Nina Meurisse, Stéphane Varupenne and Margot Abascal.
Her name is Marion. Written and directed by Sciamma, "Petite Maman" follows 8-year-old Nelly, who loses her beloved grandmother and goes to help her parents clean out her mother's childhood home. One day, her mother abruptly leaves. She explores the house and the surrounding woods where her mom, Marion, used to play and build the treehouse she's heard so much about. That's when Nelly meets a girl her own age in the woods building a treehouse.
"But daughters can't access those same memories without a little magic. And that's just what 'Petite Maman' delivers: the spell that makes such a reunion possible, if only in our imaginations." "In their children, parents often see reflections of the kids they once were," Debruge wrote.
The sale reunites Sciamma with Neon, the New York-based independent studio that released her acclaimed drama "Portrait of a Lady on Fire."

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