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44TH EDITION OF THE FESTIVAL DES 3 CONTINENTS-KEY EVENTS

The Festival des 3 Continents is back in 2022 for its 44th edition from November 18 to 27, with screenings in Nantes and in cinemas across the Loire-Atlantique region (Ancenis, Bouguenais, Clisson, Héric, La Turballe, Rezé, Sainte-Marie-sur-Mer, Saint-Herblain, and Saint-Nazaire).

The event will take place over 10 days, bookended by two weekends.

A wide range of dramas and documentaries from Africa, Latin America, and Asia will be presented in a programme of some 90 feature films, many of which are rare and will premiere at the festival.

THE PROGRAMME

In addition to the Official Selection of recent films, the Festival will host an homage to renowned Japanese filmmaker Hirokazu Kore-eda (Shoplifters, 2018 Palme d’Or at Cannes), whose documentary works are little known. Other events include a voyage through Indian cinema of the 70s and 80s and, for the first time in the world, a complete retrospective of the works of Mike De Leon, a key figure in Filipino cinema. Festivalgoers will also have an opportunity to dive headfirst into the prolific and marginal work of Argentinian filmmaker Raúl Perrone and to enjoy the programme A Family Resemblance.

. Official Selection

The Official Selection, featuring an International Competition and Special Screenings, includes recent feature films (drama and documentary), most of which have never before been screened in France.

. Hirokazu Kore-eda: A Country at Heart

French audiences first discovered the work of Japanese filmmaker Hirokazu Kore-eda in the mid-90s. Maborosi (Maboroshi no Hikari,1995) and After Life (Wanafuru Raifu,1998) were screened in their year of release at the Festival des 3 Continents, the latter earning a Montgolfière d’Or award and establishing the filmmaker’s renown. Shortly thereafter, Distance (2001) and Nobody Knows (Dare mo shiranai, 2004) were selected for the Cannes Film Festival. With the release of each new film, French audiences developed an increasingly strong loyalty to the filmmaker, whose works paint a subtle portrait of Japanese society. This connection grew even stronger with the release of Shoplifters (Manbiki kazoku, 2018), which won the Palme d’Or at Cannes that year. As we await the release of Broker (December 7, 2022), we will have the pleasure seeing his little-known documentary work. In presence of the filmmaker (to be confirmed).

 

. Indian Autumn

Autumn, the most clement season in India, is the perfect time to take a tour of Indian cinema from the 1970s and 80s through films that are unknown, forgotten, or overlooked. Fifteen films pay tribute to the aesthetic diversity of a filmmaking industry that is too often reduced to Bollywood. Filmed in a range of languages including Hindi, Malayalam, Urdu, Bengali, Tamil, and Gujarati, the films in this programme speak of the immensity of a country whose cinema industry is rich and multifaceted. Indeed, some films feature singing and dancing and falling in love, but what truly excites us is the profound desire of moviemaking that they emanate.

 

Mike De Leon: A Life in (Moving) Pictures

Those who attended the recent theatrical releases of the works of Lino Brocka, the biggest name in Filipino cinema, may recall having seen Mike De Leon’s name in the credits of Manila in the Claws of Light (Maynila sa mga kuko ng liwanag, 1975). A little-known and thus noteworthy fact is that Mike De Leon was both producer and director of photography for the film; this detail might seem insignificant were it not for the fact that now, with the release of his latest film, this world-premiere retrospective reveals a lifetime dedicated to cinema, like his family before him. Psychological thrillers, film noir, love stories, realistic films and fantasies: Mike De Leon’s films avoid being pigeonholed and, as if emerging from the darkness (of his native country), bring to light works imbued with remarkable stylistic power.

. Raúl Perrone: The Straight Shooter from Ituzaingó

For the past 30 years, and with nearly 60 films to his credit, Raúl Perrone has been a giant in Argentine cinema, albeit surprisingly on its fringe. Independent even of his country’s independent film scene, Perrone is bound exclusively through his life and his work to his birthplace of Ituzaingó (in Corrientes, an hour from Buenos Aires), which he only ever leaves for brief periods. He seeks neither fame nor recognition: he simply makes films. These can be compared to unpredictable subjective drawings as precise in their depiction of the reality of the people around him as they are open to the influence of unpredictable imaginary forces; and to conversing freely with other arts such as cinema itself, painting, and literature…

. A Family Resemblance

Cinema, like literature before it, is in its element when it comes to family. Laboratories exploring personal passions by giving free rein to the excesses of imagination, other people’s families are always a bit like our own: perhaps far removed from our actual experiences, yet they couldn’t be more… familiar. From a clash between two very different families in Parasite, to the burden of tradition in Sofia; a story of adoption in Gran Torino; and a retake on personal memories in La Ciénaga, while clear differences exist between the films in this programme, they are all part of the same extended family and any resemblance between them is no coincidence. This programme is aimed at all audiences. In addition, the Festival has compiled an educational guide for secondary-school teachers; this programme is also our invitation to their students to the Festival des 3 Continents.

. First Steps Towards the 3 Continents

First Steps Towards the 3 Continents offers a selection of films for children aged 3 and up and their families. This year features premiere screenings of films with age-specific programmes for pre-school and primary-school children.

The full programme of the 44th edition of the Festival des 3 Continents will be revealed at a press conference on November 3, 2022.

. 2022 Festival Poster

“A group of children and a pensive old man in a coastal landscape belonging to a modest village in Kerala in the late 1970s: imbued with a gentle meditative feel, this image taken from the restored version of the magnificent film Thampu by Govindan Aravindan will be the emblem of our 44th festival. Cinema as a link or a meeting point between generations, film as a potential locus for people to gather and share perspectives: as said by the late Jean-Luc Godard, ‘Cinema is not timeless; rather, it is time itself.’ And a film temporality, no matter where it is from, becomes our own.”
—Jérôme Baron, Artistic Director (Festival des 3 Continents)
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The 2022 festival poster was created by LESBEAUXJOURS graphic design studio.

The Full Programme Of The 44th Edition Of The Festival Des 3 Continents Will Be Revealed At A Press Conference On November 3, 2022.

© Thampu (1978) by Govindan Aravindan/courtesy of Film Heritage Foundation (India) © lbj

 

 

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IFFR & Göteborg Film Festival Screenings Information | Borrowed Time by dir. CHOY Ji

IFFR Goteborg Film Festival Screenings Information Borrowed Time by dir CHOY Ji

Borrowed Time was officially selected by two European film festivals —— the 53rd edition of International Film Festival Rotterdam Bright Future Section and the 47th edition of Göteborg Film Festival Ingmar Bergman Competition! 

 

The European Premiere of this film will be held at the 53rd edition of International Film Festival Rotterdam, and the Swedish Premiere of this film will be held at the 47th edition of Göteborg Film Festival.

Borrowed Time
China | 2023 | Drama | 93 min | Debut Feature
Director: CHOY Ji
Screenwriter: Yin WANG
Producer: Jinjin MO
Cinematography: Shuli HUANG, Chiheng LIANG
Starring: Dongping LIN, Sunny SUN, Eddy AU-YEUNG, Jie PAN, Tai-Bo

Festivals:
International Film Festival Rotterdam | Bright Future
Göteborg Film Festival | Ingmar Bergman Competition
Busan International Film Festival | New Currents Competition
Pingyao Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon International Film Festival | Hidden Dragon Competition

IFFR Screenings Schedule
Public screening: 01-26, 20:00, Cinerama 3
Public screening: 01-28, 12:30, KINO 1
Public screening: 01-29, 15:00, LantarenVenster 3

Göteborg Film Festival Screenings Schedule
Public screening (Q & A) : 01-30, 19:45, Göta 1
Public screening (Q & A) : 01-31, 17:30, Göta 2
Public screening: 02-01, 10:15, Göta 1
Public screening: 02-04, 19:30, Hagabion 2

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Elaheh Nobakht, President of the Jury of the 6th Beirut Women Film Festival

Elaheh Nobakht President of the Jury of the 6th Beirut Women Film Festival 2

Mansour Jahani – The Iranian movie producer, Elaheh Nobakht, has been elected as the jury president of the competition category “Documentary and Animated Shorts” at the 6th round of Beirut International Women Film Festival, heralding “Women for Leadership” as the focal topic of the event held in Lebanon.

 

 

With her third attendance at the Berlin International Film Festival in the preceding month as producer of the documentary feature film “Dreams’ Gate” in the competition category “Generations”, Nobakht had also formerly contributed as a juror to international festivals such as Switzerland’s FIFOG, Italy’s Religion Today Film Festival, as well as MENA International Film Festival held in the Netherlands.

The feature-length documentary film “Dreams’ Gate” directed by Negin Ahmadi and produced by Elaheh Nobakht, will have its second international screening in the competition category of “Feature-Length Documentaries” at the 6th round of Beirut International Women Film Festival.

Following its trend of global screenings, “Dreams’ Gate” is slated to have the third international run at the 19th edition of Kosmorama International Film Festival that is held in Trondheim, Norway.

The 6th edition of Beirut International Women Film Festival is presided over by Sam Lahoud, Beirut Film Society president, and will feature works of filmmakers coming from various countries under several categories, namely “Feature-Length Fiction Films”, “Feature-Length Documentaries”, “Documentary and Animated Shorts”, “Short Dance Films”, as well as specialized summits held from 5-11 March, 2023, in Beirut, Lebanon.

Photo: Mansour Jahani

For more details: https://beirutwomenfilmfestival.com/

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French Film Festival UK

French Film Festival UK

The 30th anniversary edition of the pioneering festival launches next week from 2 November to 15 December across the UK and at home in partnership with Curzon

Special guests include Charlotte Gainsbourg and Blandine Lenoir, in a festival focused on female talent, as well as veteran director Patrice Leconte

 

Screening across the nations, the event is the only francophone film festival in the UK and showcases a glittering, stimulating, and at times challenging array of films in cinemas and online via Curzon’s streaming platform, Curzon at Home.

Beginning in 1992 in Glasgow and Edinburgh, the Festival has grown exponentially in scope and stature, retaining its passion for exciting new cinematic voices.

This year’s Opening Gala is director Eric Gravel’s propulsive new drama Full Time(À Plein Temps) starring actor Laure Calamy (Call My Agent) who plays young mother Julie, battling a national transit strike to get to a potentially life-changing job interview. Eric Gravel will introduce the film in London ahead of its wider release through Parkland in February 2023.

Also attending the Festival is Charlotte Gainsbourg who will introduce, and take part in a Q&A at the screening of Mikhaël Hers’s stunning drama The Passengers of the Night (Les Passagers de la nuit). Charlotte’s documentary Jane by Charlotte, an intimate portrait of her mother Jane Birkin, will also be shown as part of the Festival.

In honour of acting royalty Jean Louis Trintignant, who passed away in June, there will be a Tribute screening of Claude Lelouche’s The Best Years of a Life(Les Plus Belles Années d’une Vie). 

There will be special screenings of Final Cut (Coupez)which opened the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year. Filmmaker Patrice Leconte will present the UK premiere of Maigret starring Gérard Depardieu as novelist George Simenon’s iconic detective in Edinburgh and London. Filmmaker Blandine Lenoir will also present her feminist drama Angry Annie.

Belgian directors Yves Hint and Jean Libon’s will introduce their whodunit mockumentary A Fistful of Fries (Poulet Frites).  

The burgeoning Festival’s Schools and Learning programmes which attracted a total of 75 schools and reached over 5000 students in 2021, is set to break records this year. The programme involves screenings in cinemas and free shows in the classroom.

The Femmes First strand shines a spotlight on a century of French and francophone women filmmakers, and films focused around contemporary women’s issues.. The strand includes short films by pioneer Alice Guy-Blaché, widely considered the first narrative filmmaker back in the 1890s. Charlotte Gainsbourgturns the camera on her mother Jane Birkin in Jane by Charlotte – an intimate portrait. Also featured two winners from the Cannes 2022: Rodeo by Lola Quivoron and Moroccan director Maryam Touzani’s The Blue Caftan.

Panorama features new and recent works by acclaimed filmmakers,including François OzonArnaud Desplechin, Fred Cavayé, Quentin Dupieux andJean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne. 

Among the Classics titles is Children of Paradise acclaimed “the greatest French film of all time”. Harking back to the Festival’s origins, Isabelle Huppert stars as Madame Bovary shown at the first Festival in 1992.

Extras showcases recent films audiences may have missed. Discovery celebrates first and second-time directors. More new talents feature in the Shorts programme.

The following new and recent titles will also be available to stream via Curzon at Home: 

Paris 13th District (Dir. Jacques Audiard)

Casablanca Beats (Dir. Nabil Ayouch)

Between Two Worlds (Dir. Emmanuel Carrère)

Everything Went Fine (Dir. François Ozon)

Both Sides of the Blade (Dir. Éric Gautier)

Richard Mowe, co-founder and director: “For three decades the French Film Festival UK has been on a journey to explore the richness and diversity of Francophone cinema and to expand cultural horizons. Post-Brexit the event’s sense of purpose in bringing together our French-speaking neighbours from Europe and beyond has become even more acute and essential. The organisers pay tribute to our audiences, sponsors and funders as well as passionate and committed individuals, who every year ensure the festival comes to vibrant life, not only in November and December but also influencing film events throughout the year. Vive le cinéma!”

Allan Hunter, a former co-founder of the French Film Festival UK has said: 

“The first French Film Festival UK was held in 1992 in Glasgow and Edinburgh as a Festival without barriers showcasing commercial success and arthouse promise, big titles and fresh discoveries. Focusing on short films and education work a younger generation was encouraged to broaden their horizons and try something different. The core values of the Festival remain the same now – a grand and glorious celebration of French and francophone cinema in all its rich variety and guises. Here’s to the next 30 years.”

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