Berlin: Mubi Takes Celine Sciamma's 'Petite Maman' for U.K., Ireland, Turkey

Petite Maman
Berlin Film Festival

The French director's follow-up to 'Portrait of a Lady on Fire' is a time-travel tale involving an eight-year-old girl who meets her own mother as a child. 

Mubi, the arthouse streaming platform, and theatrical distributor has signed a deal for Céline Sciamma's Petite Maman, picking up all rights in the U.K., Ireland and Turkey for the new French-language drama from the director of Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Petite Maman premiered in competition at the 2021 Berlin International Film Festival last week. The drama follows the story of 8-year-old Nelly and her attempt to reconnect with her absent and depressed mother. While exploring the house and the surrounding woods behind her mother's childhood home, Nelly meets a girl her age who has the same name, Marion, as her mother. 

Neon, which released Sciamma's Portrait of a Lady on Fire, picked up Petite Maman for North America. MK2 is handling world sales on the film. 

Written and directed by Sciamma, Petite Maman was shot by the director's frequent collaborator, cinematographer Claire Mathon, and produced by Bénédicte Couvreur of Lilies Films. Twin siblings Gabrielle and Joséphine Sanz play Nelly and Marion. Nina Meurisse plays the mother. Margot Abascal and Stéphane Varupenne also star. 

Portrait of a Lady on Fire, which won best screenplay and the Queer Palm at the Cannes Film Festival in 2019, was Sciamma's international breakthrough, earning more than $10 million worldwide. But the French auteur had already won a devoted critical following with such well-received features as Water Lilies (2007), Tomboy (2011), and Girlhood (2014). 

Mubi is planning both a theatrical and online bow for Petite Maman. Upcoming titles on Mubi's theatrical slate for the U.K. and Ireland includes Ben Sharrock's BAFTA-nominated Limbo, Michel Franco’s Venice festival favorite New Order, and Kelly Reichardt's First Cow. For the latter, MUBI holds worldwide rights, outside of North America and China.