French Film Festival in Cape Town!

Second edition of the French Film Festival

In Cape Town from the 1st to the 5th of August at Cinema Nouveau (Ster-Kinekor) at the Waterfront


French cinema is rolling! In the past year, films such as Intouchables broke box-office records in France and overseas, The Artist scooped many an award, including 5 Oscars, which is totally unprecedented for a French movie! French films are everywhere, whether they are being projected in regular cinemas across the world, opening or appearing on the lists of award-winners in major international film festivals - respectively38 Witnesses (38 témoins) by Lucas Belvaux and Farewell my queen (Les adieux à la reine) by Benoit Jacquothave opened the Rotterdam and Berlin Film Festivals this year.

Following the success of the first edition of the French Film Festival in South Africa, this exceptional edition features as part of the French Season in South Africa 2012. Relying on the strength of the initial concept which consists in showing the best of contemporary French cinema using a compact format, this exclusive rendez-vous dedicated to French cinema aims to reach as numerous a South African public as possible.

This year’s programme includes a medley of the finest films for all tastes and moods ranging from drama to comedy and historical movie, with the presence of French guest starsand glamour opening screenings. The festival also presents a retrospective of films by Claire Denis, whose work is strongly linked with Africa, and a film by prominent South African director, Ramadan Suleman.

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Programmation of the festival in Cape Town

- Wednesday 1st of August : Openning with Farewell My Queen by Benoît Jacquot

- Thursday the 2nd of August:

  • 6pm : Angel and Tony by Alix Delaporte
    and Zulu love letter by Ramadan Suleman
  • 8pm : Beloved by Christophe Honoré
    and Declaration of war by Valérie Donzelli

- Friday the 3rd of August:

  • 6pm: 35 shots of rum by Claire Denis
    and Americano by Mathieu Demy
  • 8pm: Chicken with plums by Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud
    and Love lasts three years by Frédéric Begbeder

- Saturday the 4th of August:

  • 3pm: L’intrus by Claire Denis
  • 6pm: Declaration of war by Valérie Donzelli
    and Beau travail by Claire Denis
  • 8pm: 35 shots of rum by Claire Denis
    and Farewell MyQueen by Benoît Jacquot

- Sunday the 5th of August:

  • 3pm: Beloved by Christophe Honoré
  • 6pm: Chicken with plums by Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud
    and Love lasts three years by Frédéric Begbeder
  • 8pm: Americano by Mathieu Demy
    and Angel and Tony by Alix Delaporte

Synopsis :

Farewell MyQueen(Les adieux à la reine) by Benoit Jacquot (2011)
JPEGCast: Diane Kruger, Léa Seydoux, Virginie Ledoyen.
1789. On the eve of the French Revolution, those living at the Court of Versailles continue to lead carefree, uninhibited lives, far from the growing unrest in Paris. When news of the assault on the Bastille reaches the court’s ears, the nobles flee along with their servants, deserting the palace… But SidonieLaborde, a young reader of the Court who is devoted to the Queen, refuses to believe the rumours. She is certain that under Marie-Antoinette’s protection she will come to no harm.

Americano by Mathieu Demy (2011)
JPEGCast: Mathieu Demy, Salma Hayek, Géraldine Chaplin
Martin lives in Paris with Claire. Their relationship has hit a dead end. When he loses his mother back in California, Martin must return to the city of his childhood to deal with the formalities surrounding his inheritance. In Los Angeles, he’s greeted by Linda, a family friend who offers to help him through the difficult time.

Love lasts three years by Frédéric Beigbeder (2011)
JPEGCast: Louise Bourgouin, Gaspard Proust, Joey Starr
Marc Marronnier, book critic by day and society blogger by night, has just divorced Anne. He is convinced that love only lasts 3 years. He has even written an article to prove the fact. But his encounter with Alice will shatter all his convictions.

Angel & Tony by Alix Delaporte (2010)
JPEGCast: ClotildeHesme, GrégoryGadebois, EvelyneDidi
A small fishing harbour in Normandy. They have been sent on the same path by an ad... and Angel enters in Tony’s life. Angel is rough and she knows nothing about love... her attempts at seducing him are met with rebuttal.Not like this, not this fast... he cannot believe that she is here for him...

Beloved (Les bien-aimés) by Christophe Honoré (2011)
JPEGCast: Catherine Deneuve, Chiara Mastroianni, LudivineSagnier
From Paris in the 60’s to London’s modern days, Madeleine and her daughter Vera waltz in and out of the lives of the men they love. But lovecan be light and painful, cheerful and bitter. An elegy to femininity and passion with musical outbursts.

Chicken with plums (Poulet aux Prunes) by Marjane Satrapi and
Vincent Paronnaud (2011)

JPEGCast: Mathieu Amalric, Edouard Baer, Chiara Matroianni
Set in 1958Tehran, the film chronicles eight days in the life of a celebrated violin player whose beloved instrument is accidentally broken. Unable to find a violin worthy of replacing it, he sinks into depression, and retreats to his bed to await his own death. Slipping into melancholic reverie, he dreams of his past and his children’s futures – as
told by the angel of death.

Declaration of war (La guerre est déclarée) by Valérie Donzelli (2010)
JPEGCast: Valérie Donzelli, Jérémie Elkaïm, Brigitte Sy, Michèle Moretti
When Romeo and Juliet meet one evening in a nightclub, the chemistry is as instant and intense as that of their namesakes. The couple fall in love and soon have a child. But when their child is diagnosed with cancer, they come face to face with the full machinery of the disease and its attendant medical horrors. Yet no matter how desperate their journey
becomes, the film remains a love story, its quirky upbeat style leavening its dark subject matter.

35 shots of rum (35 Rhums) by Claire Denis (2008)
JPEGCast: Alex Descas, Mati Diop, Nicole Dogué, Grégoire Colin
Lionel is a train driver on Paris’s rapid-transit rail network. He has been raising his daughter, Joséphine, alone ever since she was a little girl. She has now grown into a young woman. They live side by side, a little bit like a couple, refusing the advances and cares of others.

Beau Travail by Claire Denis (1999)
JPEGCast: Grégoire Colin, Denis Lavant, Michel Subor
A group from the Foreign Legion forgotten, abandoned somewhere in the gulf of Djibouti. Remnants of a ghost army which pays war and mends roads. At Marseille, the ex-warrant officer Galoup reminds him of this happy time, of this well-orchestrated life, of his men, his deer herd. But eventually what he really lost is his commander. His commander he didn’t want to share with a young legionary.

L’intrus (The Intruder) by Claire Denis (2004)
JPEGCast: Michel Subor, BéatriceDalle, Grégoire Colin, Alex Descas
Louis Trebor’s journey forms a loop, follows the shape of the earth’s roundness: from the French side of the Jura along the Swiss border, Geneva to Pusan in South Korea, right to Oceania.Louis Trebor lives hidden away. He feels spied upon.

Zulu love letter (Lettred’AmourZoulou) by Ramadan Suleman (2004)
Cast: Sophie Mgcina, Kurt Egelhof, MpumiMalatsi, Pamela Nomvete
Johannesburg is in a state of euphoria two years after the first democratic elections. Here Thandeka, a young black journalist, lives in fear of her country’s past. She’s so troubled that she can’t work, and her relationship with Mangi, her 13-year-old, profoundly deaf daughter, goes from bad to worse.


Event of the French Season in South Africa

publié le 23/07/2012

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