FRANCOPHONE FILM FESTIVAL — 18, 21, 22 and 23 March — [fr]
To celebrate the 2013 French language and Francophone week, the embassies of member countries of the International Organization of la Francophonie in Malta, and in partnership with the University of Malta, invite you to the Francophone film festival between 18th and 23rd March at the University campuses of Msida and Valletta.
Free entry for all films
•18 March, 18:00 (Msida, Sir Temi Zammit Hall).
« The names of love», a film (France, 2010), by Michel Leclerc, starring Sara Forestier and Jacques Gamblin. Subtitled in English.
Bahia Benmahmoud’s strong political convictions have made this young woman’s love life an unabated personal commitment. Her struggle had led to positive results until she meets Arthur Martin, an ornithologist by profession, who is a discreet, elegant and charming man, with a somewhat deceptive appearance.
An original and hilarious social comedy, the more serious subjects tackled in the film vary between political commitment, national identity and migration but these are treated in a humorous and insolent manner, thus giving the film an undeniable charm.
•21 March, 18:00 (Valletta Campus, Saint Paul’s Street):
« Hidden », a film (Austria, France 2005) by Michael Haneke, starring Daniel Auteuil and Juliette Binoche. Winner of Best Director at the Cannes Film Festival and the European Film Awards. Subtitled in English.
Georges Laurent is a journalist who lives peacefully with his wife, Anne, at their home in Paris. One day, their tranquil life comes to an abrupt end when the couple receives a video showing that they are being anonymously watched. Soon enough, they receive further disturbing videos prompting George to conduct an investigation in order to identify the sender and his motives.
The cold, anxious and uncomfortable setting found in the film is certainly ’’one of the more accessible and preferred themes of the Austrian director, Michael Haneke, with an excellent performance delivered by the actors”.
•22 March, 18:00 (Valetta Campus):
« Plus jamais peur », a documentary (Tunisia, 2011) by Mourad ben Cheikh. Subtitled in English.
Chronicle testimony of the Tunisian revolution;
On 17 December 2010, a young street fruits and vegetables vendor of in Sidi Bouzid sacrifices himself after having goods confiscated by the authorities. This event triggers an unprecedented protest movement against the regime of President Ben Ali.
23 March, 18:00 (Valetta Campus):
« Yacoubian building », a film (Egypt, 2006) by Marwan Hamed, starring Adel Imam, Nour El-Sherif and Youssra. Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the Berlin Film Festival. Subtitled in English.
Meditations on corruption, fundamentalism, prostitution, homosexuality, and drugs. Set in downtown Cairo, the titular apartment building (which actually exists) serves as both a metaphor for contemporary Egypt and a unifying location in which most of the primary characters either live or work and in which much of the action takes place.
Egyptian film based on the novel of the same title by author Alaa Al Aswany. It has been reported to be the highest-budgeted film in the history of Egyptian cinema.