Now an unmissable event of the “Month of Francophonie”, this 11th edition of the Francofilm festival will surprise you with an outstanding program.

In partnership with Cinema Akil in Dubai, the Embassies of Belgium, Canada, France, Luxembourg and Switzerland will present a selection of 9 films highlighting the Sustainability goals of the UN’s 2030 agenda. This year’s film line-up tends to explore ways to develop a future with more responsibility and raise awareness regarding topics that are central for a sustainable world, through documentary, action, comedy, animation and drama movies.

All non-English movies will have English, Arabic or French subtitles.

The 11th edition of Francofilm festival is scheduled to take place in Cinema Akil in Dubai.

Box office hours vary between venues. Patrons are encouraged to collect booked tickets 15 minutes
prior to the session to avoid queues. Stay tuned on Facebook or Instagram

Interested parties can purchase tickets by visiting the website: 

Ticket prices: 52.5 AED


Opening movie:


Directed by Farid Bentoumi

Cast : Zita Hanrot, Sami Bouajila, Céline Sallette

Running time : 86′

Nour, a young nurse, has just been hired at her dad’s chemical factory. Taking care of the infirmary, she uncovers long hidden secrets and arrangements between the syndicates, politicians, and industry leaders. Lies about polluting waste, employees being sick, work accidents … Now the young woman will have to choose between her father or become a whistleblower.

Cinema Akil Dubai                       
Friday, march 5th 7:00 pm

wednesday, march 10th 10:00 pm

                                                                           THE SALT OF TEARS

Directed by Philippe Garrel (Fance, Suisse 2020) Romance, Drame

Cast : Logann Antuofermo, Oulaya Amamra, André Wilms

Running time: 100′

Synopsis: Driven by his desire to become a cabinetmaker, Luc arrives in Paris. Lost in the banlieues, he asks Djemila for directions. In the girl’s shyness, Luc glimpses the chance of an adventure. The two meet again but then Luc has to return home to his father, who is also a carpenter. There, he meets Geneviève, whom he knows from the past, and begins a romance with her. When Luc is offered a place at the renowned furniture-making school École Boulle, he follows his dream and moves to Paris, leaving Geneviève behind. Soon, a third young woman enters his small apartment, bringing the freedom of the big city with her.

Cinema Akil Dubai                       
Friday, march 5th 9:30 pm

Thursday, march 11th 9:30 pm

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Directed by Rémi Chayé


Running time: 114′

Synopsis: 1863, a convoy in the American West, Martha Jane needs to learn how to take care of horses to drive the family wagon. Except she ends up wearing pants and cutting her hair. The scandal that its stark character provokes will force to face all the dangers in a gigantic and wild world where everything is possible.

Cinema Akil Dubai                   

Saturday, Mach 6th 2:00 pm

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Directed by Zabou Breitman, Eléa Gobbé-Mévellec

Running time: 81′

Synopsis: Summer 1998, Kabul in ruins is occupied by the Taliban. In love despite the daily violence and misery, Mohsen and Zunaira want to believe in the future. But a senseless act by Mohsen will upset their lives forever. The film was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival. The film is an adaption of the novel of the same name by Yasmina Khadra.

Cinema Akil Dubai                       

Saturday, march 6th 4:30 pm

Tuesday, march 9th 7:00 pm


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Directed by Sophie Deraspe

Cast : Nahéma Ricci, Rachida Oussaada, Nour Belkhiria

Running time: 109′

Synopsis: Following the murder of their parents, Antigone, her sister Ismène, her brothers Étéocle and Polynice, and their grandmother Ménécée find refuge in Montreal. They live a quiet modest life in a tiny apartment in a working-class neighbourhood. A straight-A student seemingly destined for greatness, Antigone is the glue that holds the family together. Tragedy strikes when Étéocle is wrongfully gunned down by police during the arrest of Polynice, a small-time drug dealer. Motivated by her sense of duty towards her family and fuelled by the memory she cherishes of her dead parents, Antigone decides to jeopardize her own future to preserve that of her family. Gripping, powerful, and of-the-moment, Antigone loosely adapts Sophocles’ Greek tragedy and situates it in contemporary Montreal.

Cinema Akil Dubai             


Saturday, 6 Mars 19h00

Tuesday, march 9th 9:15   


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Directed by Boutheyna Bouslama

Running time: 76′

Synopsis: Looking for the man with the camera is a journey that takes the narrator from Geneva to the Syrian border, relentlessly looking for her childhood friend, a missing Syrian media activist. During the three years search we witness different stages of hope, fear and despair, where the search of a beloved one transcends the political and military chaos. Through the narrator’s and her friend’s involvement in film making, it is a self reflective questioning of war image and its role for memory and as a witness against war crimes.

Cinema Akil Dubai                             

Saturday, march 6th 10:45 pm              

Monday, march 8th 9:45 pm

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Directed by Anastasia Mikova & Yann Arthus-Bertrand

Running time: 105′

Synopsis: WOMAN is a worldwide project giving a voice to 2000 women across 50 different countries. Despite its very large scale, the film offers an intimate portrait of those who constitute half of humanity. It is an opportunity to shed light on the injustices women are subjected to all over the world, but what WOMan would like to underline most is the inner strength of women and their capacity to change the world despite all the difficulties they are facing. In this new era where women’s voices resonate more and more, the aim of the film is not only to call for rights or focus on problems, but to find solutions and try to reconcile the two genders. The project deals with topics such as motherhood, education, marriage or financial independence but also menstruation or sexuality.

Cinema Akil Dubai                                  

Mondayi, march 8th 7:00 pm               



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Directed by Olivier Nakache, Éric Toledano

Cast : Vincent Cassel, Reda Kateb, Hélène Vincent

Running time: 114′

Synopsis : This heartfelt comic drama from the directing duo behind The Intouchables (Rendez-Vous 2012) targets structural neglect in the French medical system. Bruno (Vincent Cassel) runs a shelter for autistic young people turned away by hospitals, while his friend Malik (Reda Kateb) mentors underprivileged youths seeking employment. Both men, based on real-life people, are constantly frustrated by the lack of consistent funding and institutional support — which eventually leads them to confront the government head-on. With help from a spirited ensemble, The Specials — the 2019 Cannes Film Festival’s closing night selection — crackles with fiery commitment as Bruno and Malik advocate for those living on the margins.

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Wednesday, march 10th 7:00 pm                 


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Directed by Ann SIROT & Raphaël BALBONI

Cast : Jean Le Peltier, Jo Deseure, Lucie Debay, Gilles Remiche

Running time: 87′

Synopsis: Alex and Noémie, both in their thirties, want a child. But their plans are upset when Alex’s mother, Suzanne, starts acting rather bizarrely. It is due to her suffering from “semantic dementia,” a progressive neurodegenerative disorder that influences her behavior. She spends money recklessly, visits her neighbors in the middle of the night to eat slices of bread, and cobbles together a fake driver’s license for herself with scissors and glue. Suzanne the mother becomes an uncontrollable child. An unexpected and unusual parenting boot camp for Noémie and Alex!

Cinema Akil Dubai                       

Thursdat , march 11th 7:00 pm