France 2019, 135 min, French, Hebrew & English subtitles

Despite growing up in very different homes, Anaïs and Emma have been best friends since childhood. Now, on the cusp of adolescence, as they face many crucial life choices, the differences between them become increasingly apparent, but nevertheless, the two remain close.
Director Sébastien Lifshitz (Les Invisibles, screened at Docaviv 2013) followed Emma and Anaïs through five critical years: from age 13 to 18. The complexities of their personal lives, infatuations, dilemmas, their relationships with their parents, and their physical and emotional changes are all intertwined with the events that shook France during those years: terrorist attacks, political protests, acts of violence and racism. The close proximity of the director’s camera produces a deeply personal account of two young girls becoming independent young women.
With the support of the Institut Français d’Israël.

Previous Festivals: Locarno, Semaine de la Critique


  • The film will be available until September 30th

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Director & Script: Sébastien Lifshitz
Production: Muriel Meynard
Production Company: Agat Films & Cie
Editing: Tina Baz
Cinematography: Antoine Parouty, Paul Guilhaume
Sound Design: Yolande Decarsin, Jeanne Delplancq, Fanny Martin
Music: Tindersticks

Source: The Party Sales

Supporters & Broadcasters: Institut Français d'Israël


After studying art history at the Ecole du Louvre, Sébastien Lifshitz started working in the 90s in the field of contemporary art, either as assistant to Bernard Blistène, the curator of the Centre Georges Pompidou, or as assistant to the photograph and visual artist Suzanne Lafont. In 1994, he turned to filmmaking and shot his first short, Il faut que je l’aime (I must love her).In 2018, the exhibition began an international tour commencing at the Photographer’s Gallery in London from where it will travel to the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and the Ryerson Gallery in Toronto in 2020. In parallel, the German publisher, Gerhard Steidl, published a boxed set of four books entitled Amateur, consisting of the filmmaker’s collection of amateur photographs. In 2019, on the occasion of the showing of his new film, Adolescentes, the Centre Pompidou will organize a retrospective of his films accompanied by an exhibition.

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