Sébastien Lifshitz

Sébastien Lifshitz – Petite fille (2020)

The touching portrait of eight-year-old Sasha, who questions her gender and in doing so, evokes the sometimes disturbing reactions of a society that is still invested in a biological boy-girl system of thought. Read More »

Sébastien Lifshitz – Les Corps ouverts AKA Open Bodies (1998)

Eighteen-year-old Rémi goes to a casting where the director appears to be drawn to his acting as much as his physique. Confused by his first experience, Rémi wanders around Paris in search of himself.

Open Bodies is an unusually sensitive portrait of late adolescence with its half-formed desires and the tug of war between sexual curiosity and reticence. – Stephen Holden in The New York Times. Read More »

Sébastien Lifshitz – Bambi (2013)

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Bambi is the story of Marie-Pierre Pruvot, born Jean-Pierre in a small village in the former French colony of Algeria. She struggled in her early life as a boy but found a way out of her colonial life when a Parisian cabaret show came to town. Encouraged and enchanted, she moved to Paris, assumed the stage name of ‘Bambi’ and began her life as a female cabaret star.

GAZE veteran Sébastien Lifshitz lovingly tells her story using long interviews with the charismatic performer, stunning scenes of her return to Algeria and captivating old Super-8 footage from Marie-Pierre’s own collection.

Having overcome a difficult childhood and a tough gender transition, when surgery and hormonal treatments were still in their infancies, ‘Bambi’ is now a radiant woman in her late seventies and one of the most charismatic and engaging people you will ever seen on screen.

Winner, Teddy Award for Best Documentary, Berlinale 2013 Read More »