Alliance Française : Mini-Francophone Film Festival [fr]

Come discover Francophone films from 4 different countries (Switzerland, Canada, Burkina Faso and Belgium) at Alliance Française from 6 to 27 March 2018.

All screenings start at 19:30 at Alliance française Jordan Center

“Wallay” by Berni Goldblat

6 March 2018 (Tues)
Burkina Faso / 2017 / 84 mins
6 international film festival selections

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Ady, a 13 years old boy, no longer listens to his father who raises him alone. The latter, running out of resources, decides to entrust Ady to his uncle Amadou for the summer. Uncle Amadou and his family live on the other side of the Mediterranean sea... in Burkina Faso! There, at 13 years, one must become a man but Ady, persuaded to go on holidays, understands things differently...

"Roped-up" (French: "Encordés") by Frédéric Favre

14 March 2018 (Wed)
Switzerland / 2015 / 106 mins
8 festival selections

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For one and a half years, the filmmaker follows three ski mountaineers as they prepare for the Patrouille des Glaciers, an incredibly tough race across the Swiss Alps.Florence wants to take part in memory of her father, but she is not used to engaging in a team. Guillaume is an accomplished competitor. He struggles to find a balance between family, work and his passion. Antoine is emerging from a difficult period. Now he’s eager to prove his worth to the world. This is a raw and intimate journey into the three protagonists’ innermost motivations and the story of how this adventure transforms them.

"Montreal, White City" (French: "Montréal La Blanche") by Bachir Bensaddek

21 March 2018 (Wed)
Canada / Tunisia / 2015 / 87 mins
4 international film festival selections
Screening followed by a Q and A session with film director

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In Montreal, one evening when Christmas has fallen during Ramadan, the Muslim fast, the paths of two Algerians cross momentarily, resurrecting a past they thought was long buried. Amokrane, a taxi driver, has fled his home and the festivities on the grounds that it will be a profitable night to work.

He picks up Kahina, a young, slightly disoriented professional who is attempting to contact her ex-husband to collect her daughter and head for an obscure destination up north. Amokrane recognizes Kahina as his idol, a former pop star in Algeria, who he thought was dead. This sets the stage for the collision of their personal dramas and their solitudes. Through the rear view mirror, Algeria surfaces, reaching into the silence in a procession of shadows and sorrows believed to be buried under the Montreal snow.

"The White Knights" (French: "Les Chevaliers Blancs") by Joachim Lafosse

27 March 2018 (Tues)
Belgium, France/ 2016 / 112 mins
12 international film festival selections

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Jacques Arnault, head of Sud Secours NGO, is planning a high impact operation: he and his team are going to rescue 300 orphans, all victims of Chadian civil war and bring them to French child adoption applicants. Françoise Dubois, a journalist, is invited to come along with them and handle the media coverage for this operation.
Completely immersed in the brutal reality of a country at war, the NGO members start losing their convictions and are faced with the limits of humanitarian intervention.

publié le 01/03/2018

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