The Embassy of France to the UAE / Institut français in the UAE
in cooperation with
Alliance française in Dubai and Alliance française in Abu Dhabi
With the support of
Dubai International Film Festival
Abu Dhabi Film Festival
francOfilm festival 2015
5th edition of the francophone film festival in Dubai
18 – 21 March
For the 5th year in a row, Institut Français des Emirats Arabes Unis and Frenc Embassy to the UAE (Khaleeji Film) in cooperation with Alliance française of Abu Dhabi and Dubai and with the support of Dubai International Film Festival and Abu Dhabi Film Festival organize the FrancOfilm festival at VOX Cinemas Mall of the Emirates in Dubai and VOX Cinemas Marina Mall in Abu Dhabi.
This festival of films from francophone countries is organized to celebrate French language international day and offers a selection of great films from France, Haiti, Morocco, Tunisia, Canada and Belgium.
The 5th edition of the FrancOfilm festival will showcase the students films of the participants of the 1st edition of the “Gulf filmmakers summer school” organized at FEMIS (Top 5 film school in the world) in 2014 in Paris.
This new program, proposed together by the French Embassy by IMAGE NATION Abu Dhabi to UAE nationals has run for 5 weeks of intensive classes, during which trainees thoroughly explored the craft of filmmaking. The aim is to involve the trainees in creating works that allow them to better understand the roles and tasks that are part of filmmaking today.
Synopsis of the long feature films
SAMBA (118 min) – 2014 – 12+
Samba, a Senegalese man who’s been living in Paris for ten years, gets by doing odd jobs. Alice is a high-level business woman suffering a burnout. He’s been doing everything he can to get his French identity papers, while she’s trying to pull herself together by doing volunteer work for an immigrant association. Both are trying to find a way out of the impasse their lives are in, until the day that their paths cross. Between humor and emotion, their story opens up another way to happiness. What if life has more imagination than they do?
FEVERS (90 min) – 2014 – 15+
Directed by Hicham Ayouch
When 13-year old Benjamin’s mother goes to prison, the boy is sent to live with Karim, the father he never knew he had, a North African immigrant laborer living with his own parents in a sterile French suburban apartment block. Benjamin is sullen, profane and destructive, testing limits and rejecting any attempts at kindness or even contact by his father and grandmother. Karim’s father despises the boy, and for reasons not immediately revealed, seems to despise Karim as well. Benjamin wanders the streets, headphones clamped on his head to shut out the world, scrawling graffiti on the blank walls. He connects only with a free-spirited poet living in an abandoned trailer in the woods.
ONCE UPON A FOREST (78 min) – 2014 General Public
Directed by Luc Jacquet
In his new film, Luc Jacquet takes us on an extraordinary journey deep into the tropical forest, into the heart of life itself. For the first time, a tropical forest springs to life before our very eyes. From the first shoot to the blossoming of giant trees, from the canopy to the development of hidden links between plants and animals, no less than seven centuries will unfold before us.
The encounter with the botanist Francis Hallé gave birth to this heritage film, combining the transmission of knowledge, poetry and visual magic, about the last great primal forests in the tropics.
Once Upon a Forest offers an exceptional immersion in this wild world that has remained in its original state, in perfect balance, where each organism – from the smallest to the largest and all connected to each other – plays an essential part.
YASMINA OU LES 60 NOMS DE L’AMOUR (90 min) – 2013 – 15+
Directed by Nacer Khemir
“Yasmina and the 60 names of love” is a hybrid, an unclassifiable film built on drawing a deeply personal journey with a lot of autobiographical elements. When this ancestor tells his life, the speech is raw. She speaks of suffering, of a harsh and cruel life. The viewer is mesmerized by this being in the twilight of her life. And like a litany, the names of love are listed , translated and hypnotize the ones who hears them. This film is certainly more of a philosophical research, with its share of requirement. A requirement that, according to the author, lacks in today’s society and participates in its own decadence.
TWO DAYS ONE NIGHT (95 min) – 2014 – 15+
Directed by Dardenne brothers
With Marion Cotillard
In Seraing, an industrial town of Liège in Belgium, Sandra (Marion Cotillard) is a young wife and mother, who works in a small solar-panel factory. She suffers a nervous breakdown and is forced to take time off from her job. During her absence, her colleagues realize they are able to cover her shifts by working slightly longer hours and the management proposes a €1,000 bonus to all staff if they agree to make Sandra redundant. Sandra later returns to work and discovers that her fate rests in the hands of her 16 co-workers, and she must visit each of them over the course of a weekend to persuade them to reject the monetary bonus.
LA PETITE REINE (108 min) – 2014
Directed by Alexis Durand-Brault
With Laurence Leboeuf, Patrice Robitaille, and Denis Bouchard
Based on a true story, La Petite Reine follows Julie, a young cycling star, two races away from winning the World Cup—her reward for years of intense training. Then Julie is denounced for doping. Alone and with no knowledge of the world outside the realm of racing, Julie must find a way out.
FATAL ASSISTANCE (84 min) – 2013 – 15+
Directed by Raoul Peck
On January 12, on the occasion of the third anniversary of the earthquake that killed in Haiti, 230,000 persons, injured 300,000 and left 1.5 million homeless, the country is in even more severe than in previous years : barely begun reconstruction, economic stagnation, sustainability makeshift camps and new overcrowded slums in Port- au-Prince and surrounding . It was this failure that the Haitian filmmaker Raoul Peck documented two years, when turning his gaze on international aid, which in his eyes is the first responsible of the situation .
FEMIS Summer School Gulf short films :
The 5th edition of the “francOfilm festival” will showcase the students films of the participants of the 1st edition of the “Gulf filmmakers summer school” organized at FEMIS (Top 5 film school in the world) in 2014 in Paris.
This new programme, proposed together by the French Embassy by IMAGE NATION Abu Dhabi to UAE nationals has run for 5 weeks of intensive classes, during which trainees thoroughly explored the craft of filmmaking. The aim is to involve the trainees in creating works that allow them to better understand the roles and tasks that are part of filmmaking today.
The programme was divided in two parts:
– Filmmaking: Theory
– Filmmaking: Practical
While making a film (digital) based on a given script, trainees are involved in the various steps of the project’s development: rewriting, location scouting, shooting (1 day) and editing (2,5 days). They all make a 5 minute fiction film. They assume, in turn, the role of the director, the DoP and the sound engineer. Each of them edits their own film.
Each francOfilm screening will start with one the shorts done at FEMIS in 2014 :
+ Dead Start directed by Aiham Al Subaihi – (6’05)
+ Hidden directed by Shahad Al Shehhi – (4’31)
+ Advice directed by Shaqra Al Hameli – (4’57)
+ Scene from a Relationship directed by Bader Al Ketbi – (6’37)
+ Confession directed by Mohammad Swaidan – (5’45)
FrancOfilm in Dubai: FrancOfilm in Abu Dhabi:
Check out the interview of the FrancOfilm Festival Directorby clicking here!