[Francophonie 2018] Movie screenings! [fr]
Francophonie festival films - what’s on ?
The Alliance Française Dublin will be hosting many films during the francophonie festival, selected by participating embassies!
Check out some of the film screenings happening during the francophonie festival in Ireland!
Organised by the Alliance française Dublin and the Embassy of Egypt:
This projection will be followed by a Q&A with David Ryan from Tile Films.
Of all the ancient civilizations, Egypt has left the greatest legacy. Its monuments all evoke one indisputable truth: Early Egyptians were obsessed with death and the afterlife. On papyrus rolls and tomb walls, they recorded spells to help the deceased pass all the tests and creatures they would encounter in the underworld. These recordings were known as the Book of the Dead. But what if this book is hiding something deeper about these ancient Egyptian beliefs? This documentary from the "Sacred Sites" series, based on new scientific breakthroughs and compelling archaeological and historical research, shows the answers could lie within one unique artifact.
Organised by the Alliance française Dublin and the Embassy of Poland:
This French-German-Polish coproduction from 2016 is a true account of the extraordinary life of the Polish scientist who discovered two elements, polonium and radium, but also a portrait of a side of Maria Skłodowska-Curie that the world never knew — a loving mother and wife, a charismatic woman struggling with dilemmas. She was the first woman to have won the Nobel Prize, and to this day remains the only woman to have received it twice. Maria Skłodowska-Curie was the first woman who earned a doctoral degree in Europe. In 1906 she also became a professor at the Sorbonne, which was without precedent in France.
Organised by the Alliance française Dublin and the Embassy of Canada:
The Passion of Augustine and Q&A with Lysandre Ménard - Tuesday 13th of March, 6:30pm
Drama, musical (2016, 103 minutes)
@ Alliance française Dublin
Admission free with RSVP
This projection will follow a reception and a Q&A with québécoise actress Lysandre Ménard.
The passion of Augustine stars Céline Bonnier as Mother Augustine, a Roman Catholic nun who teaches music in a convent school in rural Quebec in the 1960s and who is fighting to preserve her school against the backdrop of the social changes wrought by Vatican II and Quebec’s Quiet Revolution. When her talented but rebellious niece joins the convent, and when the government threatens to shut down the school in favour of public education, her world is suddenly turned upside down. She and her fellow nuns are forced to confront the waves of modernity, and Mother Augustine herself must search her soul for a new calling. Can she accept her past in order to move forward? Or will she perish with tradition?
Organised by the Alliance française Dublin and the Embassy of Georgia:
Director: Giorgi Ovashvili
Main Cast: Ilyas Salman; Miriam Buturishvili
Corn Island is a fable of life and death set in the dreamy landscapes of the fringes of Eastern contemporary Europe and was shortlisted for an Academy Award in 2014. It is an exquisitely made and photographed picture from Georgia that draws you into its elegant and beautiful world. The story centres around an old man and his granddaughter, who live on a fertile estuary created every spring by the Inguri river. In this year his regular routine is disturbed by an unexpected intrusion; and while this places their safety at risk, it also serves to unlock a set of inevitable emotions for the young girl in her coming of age.
Corn Island won the Crystal Globe prize at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. This film is a sensory delight with a strong emotional pay-off. Highly recommended.
Organised by the Alliance française Dublin and the Embassy of Argentina:
Gabriel (Diego Peretti) is a divorced and loving father of 9 year old Sofia. The appearance of Vicky (Maribel Verdú), his former teenage love, makes his total devotion to her daughter stagger when Vicky explains that she will never date a man with children. This causes Gabriel to get involved in a fun succession of lies to hide any trace of Sofia’s existence.
Organised by the Alliance française Dublin and the Embassy of Belgium:
Jipé is the lead singer of a successful rock band. When his mic crashes he continues to sing, but loses his voice. Therefore he cannot scream when he falls into a ditch and dies. His rock buddies decide to pay him a last tribute by scattering Jipé’s ashes on a tour to California.
Organised by the Alliance française Dublin and the Embassy of Lithuania:
Lecture and Book Smugglers - Monday 26th of March, 7pm
History, documentary (2011, 73 minutes)
An Irish language poet travels to Lithuania to tell the story of the 19th century Book Smugglers, who risked their lives to protect Lithuanian against Russification, by smuggling books, newspapers, magazines into the country from Prussia and distributing them along clandestine networks. In doing so, the poet is bound to reflect on the decline of his own language, and the relationship between the language we speak and our national and personal identity.
Dr. Eglė Kačkutė will give a lecture on “The Mother Tongue in Contemporary Literary Narratives of Migrant Mothering in French and Lithuanian “ prior to the film.
Organised by the Alliance française Dublin and the Embassy of Mexico:
Leandro and Odón would like to be obregonistas and travel towards north on a zebra found at a destroyed circus, they believe it is a horse. They live several adventures during their trip: they escape from women who enslave them; they meet the General Quesada, who wants to found a new republic; they got lost in the desert, etc.
When they finally find Obregón troops, one colonel thinks they are spies of Villa and Odón has to kill Leandro in order to prove his faithfulness.
Organised by the Alliance française Dublin and the Embassy of Hungary:
Budapest Noir (Budapest Noir) – Thursday, 12th of April 6pm
Crime, thriller (2017, feature, colour, 95 minutes)
@ Alliance française Dublin
Admission free with RSVP
This projection will be preceded by a reception.
Budapest, 1936. The Hungarian prime minister returns from Germany in a coffin, his dream of making Hungary into a functioning fascist state snuffed out-for now. Crime reporter Zsigmond Gordon has other things on his mind. A cynic who thinks he has seen it all, a tip leads him to an unusual crime scene in a seedy part of the city. A beautiful, well-dressed young woman is dead, with only a Jewish prayer book in her purse. Investigating the mystery girl’s murder, Gordon enters a world of pornographers, brothels and Communist cells leading to the highest echelons of power. The more people try to scare him away, the deeper he digs in, not knowing who to trust, or what ulterior motives are working against him and the truth.
Youths and schools:
Movie screening - Ma Vie de Courgette
Come and discover the lovely Ma Vie de Courgette all over Ireland as a part of the IFI school program. Study guide here.
March 2nd: Pavillon Theatre, Dun Laoghaire, 01 231 2929
March 5th: IMC Cinema, Kilkenny, 01 679 5744
March 12th: Moat Theatre, Naas, 04 588 3030
March 13th: Dunamaise Arts Centre, Portlaoise, 057 866 3355
March 20th: Odeon Cinema, Limerick, 061 330 036
March 22nd: IFI Cinema, Dublin, 01 679 5744
Movie screening - Le Voyage de Fanny
The francophonie festival is also the chance to discover Le Voyage de Fanny, the story of a young and very brave girl. Study guide here.
March 5th: Pavillion theatre, Dun Laoghaire, 01 231 2929
March 15th: Ballina Arts Centre, Ballina, 096 73593