Céline Sciamma (Tomboy) presented this film at the Directors' Fortnight in Cannes. Oppressed by her family setting, dead-end school prospects and the boys law in the neighborhood, Marieme starts a new life after meeting a group of 3 free-spirited girls. She changes her name, her dress code, and quits school to be accepted in the gang, hoping that this will be a way to freedom.
Céline Sciamma studied Screenwriting at La Fémis after taking a master in French Literature. Since then, she has divided her work between collaborations with directors and writing film & television projects. Naissance des pieuvres (2007), her first feature film, was selected for Un Certain Regard at the Cannes Festival that same year and won the Louis Delluc Award for First Film. Tomboy (2011), her second title, was released at the Berlin Festival before going on to enjoy a successful career. Bande de filles opened the Directors' Fortnight at Cannes 2014.