Francofilm is coming back to the UAE!

 

Coordinated by Institut français in the United Arab Emirates / Cultural Department of the French Embassy, the festival of francophone cinema gathers, for its 8th edition, 4 partner Embassies.

The Embassies of Belgium, Canada, Luxembourg and Switzerland present, together with France, 5 movies celebrating French language and artistic creation.

From March 26 to 30, 2018, let’s head out to VOX Mall of the Emirates Dubai and VOX Marina Mall Abu Dhabi to discover the movies screened this year!

One of the highlights of the festival will be the talk with Phil Comeau, director of Canadian documentary “Zachary Richard, Cajun Heart”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Screening program (subject to change):

 

La Mélodie

Directed by Rachid Hami (2017, France)

Monday, March 26 | 6.30pm | VOX Marina Mall Abu Dhabi & VOX Mall of the Emirates Dubai

12+

 

This inspiring ode to the transformative power of music unfolds with a refreshingly low-key naturalism. Simon (Kad Merad) is a classical violinist who finds himself way out of his element when he signs on to teach music to a class of unruly and generally apathetic middle-school students on the multicultural outskirts of Paris. One exception: Arnold (Renely Alfred), the sensitive son of a single mother from Côte d’Ivoire, whose passion for the violin gradually energizes both his classmates and the disillusioned Simon. Empathetic without being maudlin, Orchestra Class is distinguished by the way it roots its uplifting teacher-student saga in the socioeconomic realities of immigrant life.

 

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Zachary Richard, Cajun Heart

Directed by Phil Comeau (2016, Canada)

Tuesday, March 27| 6.30pm | VOX Marina Mall Abu Dhabi

Thursday, March 29| 6.30pm | VOX Mall of the Emirates Dubai

PG

 

Renowned singer Zachary Richard is on a quest to understand why Acadians and Cajuns are a resilient people and how the Acadian identity is relevant today. He traces the journey of his ancestors Richard and Boudreau in the Maritime provinces of Canada, to understand how history marked his French culture. Zachary then travels to Louisiana to explore what has been kept in the culture since their arrival two centuries ago. Will he be capable of coming to terms with his past, to forgive, and look towards the futur?

 

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Rusty Boys

Directed by Andy Bausch (2018, Luxembourg)

Wednesday, March 28 | 6.30pm | VOX Marina Mall Abu Dhabi & VOX Mall of the Emirates Dubai

18+

 

Four elderly men (Nuckes, Fons, Lull and Jängi) are fed up with being walked over and treated like children. Together with their friends, they plan a future without old people’s homes. But that’s easier said than done.

 

 

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King of the Belgians

Directed by Peter Brosens and Jessica Hope Woodworth (2016, Belgium)

Tuesday, March 27| 6.30pm | VOX Mall of the Emirates Dubai

Thursday, March 29| 6.30pm | VOX Marina Mall Abu Dhabi

12+

 

King Nicolas III is a lonely soul who has the distinct feeling he’s living the wrong life. He embarks on a state visit to Istanbul with a British filmmaker, Duncan Lloyd, who has been commissioned by the Palace to shoot a documentary intended to polish the monarch’s rather dull image. The news breaks that Wallonia, Belgium’s southern half, has declared its independence. The King, bursting with purpose, must return home at once to save his kingdom. And for once, he declares, he will write his own damn speech. As they rally to depart, a solar storm strikes the earth causing communications to collapse and airspace to shut down. No phones. No planes. To make matters worse, Turkish security coldly dismisses the King’s suggestion they return home by road. But the King has no intention of waiting out this storm. Lloyd, sniffing an opportunity of historical proportions, hatches a dubious escape plan that involves flowery dresses and singing Bulgarians.

Thus begins their undercover odyssey across the Balkans, a journey that’s loaded with wrong turns, startling encounters and moments of fleeting joy.

 

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Moka

Directed by Frédéric Mermoud (2016, Switzerland)

Friday, March 30 | 6.30pm | VOX Marina Mall Abu Dhabi & VOX Mall of the Emirates Dubai

PG

Diane Kramer is led by one obsession: to find the driver of the mocha color Mercedes which hit her son and devastated her life. With a few belongings, some money and a gun, she goes to Evian, where she’s learned the driver lives. But sometimes, the path of revenge is more tortuous than it seems…Diane will have to face another woman, friendly and mysterious.

 

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