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*Strand Releasing has acquired all U.S. rights to Celine Sciamma’s “Girlhood,” the opening night film at the Director’s Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival, reports Variety.

The film centers on a 16 year-old-girl, played by Karidja Toure, as she seeks her path in life amidst a “girl gang” in the northwest area of Paris.

Oppressed by her family setting, dead-end school prospects and the boys law in the neighborhood, Marieme (Toure) starts a new life after meeting a group of three 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.

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“Girlhood” is Sciamma’s third feature following “Water Lillies” and “Tomboy.”

Strand plans to release the film early next year.

Director Celine Sciamma (2ndL) and cast members of her film "Bandes de filles" (Girlhood) pose on the red carpet as they arrive for the screening of the film "How to Train Your Dragon 2" out of competition at the 67th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes May 16, 2014.

Director Celine Sciamma (2ndL) and cast members of her film “Bandes de filles” (Girlhood) pose on the red carpet as they arrive for the screening of the film “How to Train Your Dragon 2” out of competition at the 67th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes May 16, 2014.