By Don Simpson | June 2, 2012
Since its prestigious debut as the opening night film of the Berlin Film Festival’s Panorama section (where it went on to win the Teddy Award), Writer-director Céline Sciamma’s Tomboy has won numerous awards including “Best Feature Film” at the 2011 Torino International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, the “Audience Award” for Best Feature at the 2011 San Francisco International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival, and the “Jury Prize” for Best Feature at the 2011 Philadelphia International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival. In addition, the film is nominated for “Outstanding Film – Limited Release” at the 2012 GLAAD Media Awards.
Tomboy will debut on DVD in the United States on June 5th courtesy of Wolfe Video. Bonus materials include a behind-the-scenes documentary featuring interviews with the director and cast. We consider Tomboy to be one of the best films about gender identity of recent years, so we jumped at the opportunity when Wolfe asked us to give away a few copies of the DVD to our loyal readers…
Director: Céline Sciamma
Writer: Céline Sciamma
Starring: Zoé Héran, Malonn Lévana, Jeanne Disson, Sophie Cattani, Mathieu Demy
With Tomboy, Sciamma delves much deeper into the taboo (at least on this side of the Atlantic) theme of childhood sexuality that she discussed all-so-eloquently in her 2007 feature-length debut, Water Lilies. Laure is five years younger than Water Lilies’ Marie (Pauline Acquart), Anne (Louise Blachère) and Floriane (Adèle Haenel); thus Laure is also significantly more innocent. The root of Laure’s deception is not about sexual attraction to girls — though she does kiss a girl — it is about wanting to play like a boy.
Tomboy thoughtfully discusses the prevailing pressure from society to conform to specific gender stereotypes — even in acting like a boy, Laure abides by society’s predetermined definition of what a boy is. What is wrong with a 10-year old girl wanting to dress like a boy and play with boys? Why is that considered weird or abnormal? Is genitalia really the sole defining criteria for gender?
Also be sure to check out:
– Don Simpson’s 9 out of 10 review of Tomboy
For your chance to win a Tomboy DVD, tell us (in the Comments section below) the title of another film that deals with gender identity or other LGBT issues that are very important to you.
***Please note: We can only ship DVDs to U.S. postal addresses.***
Winners will be picked at random on June 5, 2012. Good luck!!!