Visions of Europe X Outburst: Water Lilies

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Director(s)Céline Sciamma
Writer(s)Céline Sciamma
Running Time1HR 24MINS
Extra InfoEnglish subtitles
SeasonVisions of Europe

The debut feature by Céline Sciamma (Portrait of a Lady on Fire), Water Lilies is a coming-of-age tale set within the world of synchronised swimming that captures the pleasure and pain as three 15-year-old girls explore their burgeoning sexuality.

Marie (Pauline Acquart) hopes to join her local synchronised swimming team, an ambition fuelled by her sexual attraction to popular captain Floriane (Adèle Haenel). Marie finds herself becoming an accomplice in a series of uncomfortable assignations with Floriane’s boyfriend François, while her best friend Anne (Louise Blachère) also has François in her sights. As friendships fray, Sciamma sets the stage for a series of power struggles.

Tender but with flashes of humour, the film explores emotional territory previously mined by Catherine Breillat and Lucrecia Martel, while the spirit of Esther Williams lingers in the distinctive underwater scenes. Bold, visually assured and knowingly kitsch; this is a debut feature to treasure.

This screening is presented in partnership with Outburst Queer Arts Festival. The 6.15pm screening on Tues 4 Apr will be introduced by Outburst's Ruth McCarthy.

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From 31 Mar - 16 Apr, Visions of Europe returns to celebrate the breadth of European cinema. With a handpicked selection of 24 films from a Macedonian witch tale to a race through Berlin, we take in the best of European film including previews, festival hits and classics returning to the big screen.


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