Let’s celebrate the 10th ediition of the Francofilm festival ! [ar] [fr]

Now an unmissable event of the “Month of Francophonie”, this 10th edition of the Francofilm festival will surprise you with an outstanding program, from 28th February to 7th March, 2020

In partnership with Cinema Akil in Dubai and EDITION Hotel in Abu Dhabi, the Embassies of Belgium, Canada, France, Luxembourg and Switzerland will present a selection of 9 films highlighting the “season of African cultures in France”. This year’s film line-up tends to explore the diversity of cultures in Africa and the common heritage of humanity, through documentary, action, comedy, animation and drama movies.

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

The 10th edition of Francofilm festival is scheduled to take place in two separate venues: Cinema Akil in Dubai and EDITION Hotel in Abu Dhabi.

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.

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PROGRAM

Opening movie: LES MISÉRABLES

PG 15+

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Directed by Ladj LY (Fance, 2019) Thriller, Drama

Cast: Damien Bonnard, Alexis Manenti, Djebril Didier Zonga
Running time: 105′

Synopsis: Stéphane has recently joined the Anti-Crime Squad in Montfermeil, in the suburbs of Paris, France, where, Victor Hugo set his famed novel “Les Miserables”. Along-side his new colleagues Chris and Gwada – both experienced members of the team – he quickly discovers tensions running high between local gangs. When the trio finds themselves overrun during the course of an arrest, a drone captures the encounter, threatening to expose the reality of everyday life.

Practical information :
Cinema Akil Dubai Wednesday, 4 March 9:00 pm For reservation click here
Edition Hotel Abu Dhabi, Monday, 2 March 8:00 pm
contact: Annex.auh@editionhotels.com

THE PRINCE’S VOYAGE

G

Directed by Jean-François Laguionie and Xavier Picard (France,Luxembourg, 2019) Animation

Cast: Enrico Di Giovanni, Thomas Sagols, Gabriel Le Doze
Running time: 76′

Synopsis: An old monkey Prince runs aground on an unknown shore. Injured and lost, he is found by 12 year-old Tom, and taken in by his parents, a couple of scientists who were banished from their community because they believe in the existence of other monkey civilisations. With Tom’s help, the Prince discovers a society he knows nothing about, while Tom’s parents decide to use him to prove that their theory was indeed correct…

Practical information :
Cinema Akil Dubai, Friday, 6 March 5:00 pm For reservation click here

THE BURIAL OF KOJO

PG

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Directed by Samuel Bazawule (Ghana, United States, 2018) Drama

Cast: Cynthia Dankwa, Ama K. Abebrese, Joseph Otsiman, Kobina Amissah-Sam, Mamley Djangmah, Henry Adofo, Joyce Anima Misa Amdah
Running time: 81′

Synopsis: Through a magical realist lens, THE BURIAL OF KOJO follows the story of Esi, as she recounts her childhood and the tumultuous relationship between her father, Kojo and her uncle, Kwabena. the film chronicles the tale of two brothers through the gifted eyes of a young girl who transports the audience to the beautiful lands of Ghana and other worlds that exist between life and death.

Practical information :
Cinema Akil Dubai, Wednesday, 4 March 7:00 pm For reservation click here

A SON

PG -13

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Directed by Mehdi M. Barsaoui (France, Tunisia, Lebanon, Qatar, 2019) Drama
Cast: Sami Bouajila, Najla Ben Abdallah, Youssef Khemiri

Running time: 96′

Synopsis: Tunisia summer 2011. The holiday to the South of the country ends in disaster for Fares, Meriem and their 10-years-old son Aziz, when he is accidentally shot in an ambush. His injury will change their lives.

Practical information :
Cinéma Akil Dubai, Monday, 2 March 7:00 pm and Tuesday, 3 March 9:00 pm and Saturday 7 March 5:00 pm For reservation click here

SAWAH

PG

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Directed by Adolf El Assal (Luxembourg, Belgium, Egypt, 2019) Dramatic comedy

Cast: Karim Kassem, Eric Kabongo, Nilton Martins
Running time: 105′

Synopsis: Skaarab, a DJ from Cairo is invited to set his sounds in Brussels on the occasion of an international DJ competition. During his journey, he gets stuck in a country he has never heard of: the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. He decides to find his way to his goal in time when a revolution breaks out in his country. A crazy 48-hour epic ensues.

Practical information :
Cinema Akil Dubai, Saturday, 29 February 9:30 pm and Monday, 2 March 9:00 pm For reservation click here
Edition Hotel, Tuesday, 3 March 8:00 pm contact: Annex.auh@editionhotels.com

AFRICAN MIRROR

PG

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Directed by Mischa Hedinger (Switzerland, 2019) Documentary

Running time: 84′

Synopsis: For decades, Swiss traveller René Gardi explained the African continent and its inhabitants to us. The film AFRICAN MIRROR tells the story of our colonialist image of Africa using materials from Gardi’s archive and shows how we have refused to take an unflinching look into this mirror to this very day.

Practical information :
Cinema Akil Dubai, Saturday, 29 February 7:00 pm and Tuesday, 3 March 7:00 pm For reservation click here
Edition Hotel Abu Dhabi, Sunday, 1 March 8:00 pm Edition Hotel Abu Dhabi, Saturday, 29 February 8:00 pm contact: Annex.auh@editionhotels.com contact: Annex.auh@editionhotels.com

THE MERCY OF THE JUNGLE

PG 15+

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Directed by Joël Karekezi (Belgium, France, Rwanda, Germany, 2019) Drama, War

Cast: Marc Zinga, Stéphane Bak, Ibrahim Ahmed dit Pino
Running Time: 91′

Synopsis: 1998 as the second Congo war breaks out, Sergeant Xavier and a young soldier find themselves lost in the most hostile jungle in the country.

Practical information :
Cinema Akil Dubai, Sunday, 1 March 7:00pm For reservation click here
Edition Hotel Abu Dhabi, Saturday, 29 February 8:00 pm contact: Annex.auh@editionhotels.com

WAR WITCH

PG-13

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Directed by Kim Nguyen (Canada, 2012) Drama, War

Cast: Rachel Mwanza, Alain Lino Mic Eli Bastien, Serge Kanyinda
Running time: 90′

Synopsis: War Witch, “Rebelle” is a brutal yet poetic snapshot of life as one of Africa’s child soldiers, following a young girl who is kidnapped from her village by a group of rebel fighters. Forced to gun down members of her family and enemy soldiers, she takes solace in fellow soldier Magician, a young albino with whom she escapes and starts a new life.

Practical information :
Cinema Akil Dubai, Friday, 28 February 9:30 pm and Thursday, 5 March 9:00 pm For reservation click here
Edition Hotel Abu Dhabi, Wednesday, 4 March 8:00 pm contact: Annex.auh@editionhotels.com

publié le 23/02/2020

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