Sébastien Lifshitz

France, 2019 / 135 min / French OV with English subt. / documentary

The lives of two French teenagers act as a reflection of France’s recent past.

Anaïs and Emma have been inseparable best friends since childhood despite their differences in social backgrounds and character. Director Sébastien Lifshitz followed the two over the course of five years, creating an incredible insight into their lives from the age of 13 to 18. Five critical years in which radical transformations – be they emotional, physical or intellectual – and many firsts punctuate their daily lives. As we get to watch them as they grow into adulthood, one can’t but wonder what kind of women they will turn out to be and how their friendship will evolve. Meanwhile, the film also manages to interweave their personal stories with major political and societal events in France, painting a rare portrait of the country and its recent history.

“An engrossing and valuable endeavour, documenting adolescence from a female perspective, informing and entertaining in equal parts.” Meredith Taylor, filmuforia, 09/08/19

Sat 07/03 20:45 Ciné Utopia FR OV with EN subt. Public
Sun 08/03 16:30 Cinémathèque FR OV with EN subt. Public
Wed 11/03 16:00 Cinémathèque FR OV with EN subt. Public

Adolescentes offers a beautiful and accurate slice of life from a female point of view.” Maria Lattila, Film Inquiry, 03/10/2019

Cast & Credits
Sébastien Lifshitz
Antoine Parouty, Paul Guilhaume
Yolande Decarsin
AGAT Films & Cie
Arte France Cinéma, Les Productions Chaocorp
Doc & Film International

After studying Art History at the École du Louvre, Sébastien Lifshitz started his career in the 1990s by working in the field of contemporary art before changing paths and turning to filmmaking in 1994 to direct the short I Must Love Her (1996). In 2000, he directed his first feature film, the critically acclaimed Come Undone, distributed internationally. The following year, his first documentary feature, The Crossing (2001), is selected at the Director’s Fortnight in Cannes. In 2004, he directed Wild Side (2004). The latter ran at numerous festivals, including the Berlinale where it won a Teddy Award. In 2012, he directed his next documentary, The Invisibles (2012) which was chosen for the Official Selection Out-of-Competition in Cannes and won a César for Best Documentary in 2013. Sébastien Lifshitz was made a Chevalier of the French Order of Arts and Letters in 2014. In October 2019, on the occasion of the release of his latest feature documentary, Adolescentes, the Centre Pompidou organised a retrospective of his films accompanied by an exhibition of his work.

  • 2019 – Adolescentes (documentaire / documentary / Dokumentarfilm)
  • 2016 – Les Vies de Thérèse (documentaire / documentary / Dokumentarfilm)
  • 2013 – Bambi (documentaire / documentary / Dokumentarfilm)
  • 2012 – Les Invisibles (documentaire / documentary / Dokumentarfilm)
  • 2009 – Plein Sud
  • 2008 – Jour et nuit
  • 2006 – Les Témoins (documentaire / documentary / Dokumentarfilm)
  • 2004 – Wild Side
  • 2001 – La Traversée (documentaire / documentary / Dokumentarfilm)
  • 2000 – Presque rien
  • 1999 – Les Terres froides
  • 1998 – Les Corps ouverts (court-métrage / short / Kurzfilm)
  • 1996 – Il faut que je l’aime (court-métrage / short / Kurzfilm)
  • 1995 – Claire Denis la vagabonde (court-métrage documentaire / documentary short / Dokumentarkurzfilm)