DIRECTOR: Lucile Hadzihalilovic
RUNTIME: 105 minutes, France, color, French w/English subtitles
CAST: Zoe Auclair, Berangere Haubruge, Marion Cotillard, Helene de Fougerolles

Deep in a forest surrounded by high walls, lies a girls school, where the young students arrive in coffins. The girls are tutored in dance and biology and groomed for some unknown fate. Escape from the school is almost impossible and discipline is severely meted out. Some of the girl make mysterious nighttime journeys through the forest and an ominous atmosphere is pervasive... Based on a turn of the century Franz Wedekind short story, Mini Ha Ha, or the Corporal Education of Young Girls.

Official Selection:
Toronto Film Festival
San Francisco Intl. Film Festival

“The line between cinematic art and exploitation has rarely seemed finer and nervier”
-Manhola Dargis, NEW YORK TIMES

"Innocence is not merely the year’s best first film, but one of the great statements on the politics of being ‘tween."
-Michael Atkinson, VILLAGE VOICE

"One of the oddest, most perplexing -- and delightful -- films to come along this year or last year."
-V.A. Musetto, NEW YORK POST

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