Location: Alliance Française of Madras No. 24 College road Nungambakkam, Chennai 600006
Date: Wed, 2013/05/29 – 5:30am
Price: Entry on a first come first serve basis
Duration: 3 days
Indo Cine Appreciation Foundation (ICAF) and the
Alliance Française of Madras
French Film Festival
For the love of cinema
Dates: 29th – 31st May 2013
Venue: Edouard Michelin Auditorium, Alliance Française of Madras
Silent Voice (2009)
Original title: Qu’un seul tienne et les autres suivront
Director: Léa Fehner
A tale of crossed destinies in a prison visiting room. Laure is an angry and rebellious sixteen-year-old who has fallen in love with Alexander (Vincent Rottiers), a squatter with a hatred of authority. When Alexander ends up in prison after getting in a fight with a police officer, Laure wants to visit him, but discovers that those under eighteen can only see inmates while accompanied by an adult. Since her parents don’t care for Alexander, Laure takes Antoine (Julien Lucas), a doctor, into tagging along with her.
Pierre is a white-collar criminal whose business partner was recently sentenced to twenty-five years behind bars. When Pierre meets Stephane (Reda Kateb), a nebbishy messenger boy, he’s amazed that Stephane is the spitting image of his incarcerated friend, and offers the messenger a large amount of money in exchange for taking the convict’s place as part of an escape plot.
Zorah (Farida Rahouadj) is a woman from Algeria still coming to terms with the death of her son. Zorah’s son is believed to have been killed by Francois, currently serving time, and she wants to confront him about the murder. In order to set up a meeting with Francois, Zorah persuades his sister Celine (Delphine Chuillot) to help her, but learns that the events that led to her son’s death were not as she imagined.
Awards: 3 wins & 2 nominations
Original title: Le refuge
Director: François Ozon
“By all means, see it.” – Cole Smithy
Mousse and Louis are young, beautiful, rich and in love. But drugs have invaded their lives. One day, they overdose and Louis dies. Mousse survives, but soon learns she’s pregnant. Feeling lost, Mousse runs away to a house far from Paris. Several months later, Louis’ brother joins her in her refuge.
Awards: 1 win & 1 nomination
A Screaming Man (2010)
Original title: Un homme qui crie
Director: Mahamat-Saleh Haroun
“It has a world to tell us about, it opens our lives, and for some it will be the first experience of Chad they have ever had”- Roger Ebert
Present-day Chad. Adam, fifty-five, a former swimming champion, is pool attendant at a smart N’Djamena hotel. When the hotel gets taken over by new Chinese owners, he is forced to give up his job to his son Abdel. Terribly resentful, he feels socially humiliated. The country is in the throes of a civil war. Rebel forces are attacking the government. The authorities demand that the population contribute to the “war effort”, giving money or volunteers old enough to fight off the assailants. The District Chief constantly harasses Adam for his contribution. But Adam is penniless; he only has his son.
Awards: 8 wins & 2 nominations
Father of My Children (2009)
Original title: Le père de mes enfants
Director: Mia Hansen-Løve
Grégoire, a Parisian film producer, has it all — a beautiful wife, three adorable daughters, wealth and a buzzing career. On the surface he seems invincible; maintaining humour and charm as he tirelessly juggles the demands of his production company with his family’s needs. But when Grégoire’s reserves — both financial and emotional – reach a dramatic breaking point, his family’s love and resilience is tested.
Awards: 2 wins & 1 nomination
Nostalgia for the Light (2010)
Original title: Nostalgie de la lumière
90′, Colour (Documentary)
Director: Patricio Guzmán
“A stark, ravishing plea for remembrance” – The Village Voice
In Chile’s Atacama Desert, astronomers peer deep into the cosmos in search for answers concerning the origins of life. Nearby, a group of women sift through the sand searching for body parts of loved ones, dumped unceremoniously by Pinochet’s regime.
Awards: 6 wins & 4 nominatinons
Alliance Française of Madras
No. 24 College road
Nungambakkam, Chennai 600006