Thursday, 22 March 2012

Who's Into French Shorts?

Cinéfranco kicks off tonight with a Franco-Ontarian comedy,  La Sacrée by Dominic Desjardins and a Québecois drama, Trash/Décharge directed by Benoit Pilon; however, if you're just dipping your toes into foreign language films, and think a feature-length film might be too much for your first time out, why not give some short films a try. Several shorts will be screened before some feature films, but Cinéfranco has two short film programmes for you to check out. Film are screened with English subtitles.

Short Films 1/Courts Métrages 1 The selection vary from the futuristic Canadian (A Persona) in which viewers control who gets cast in a movie, another Canadian film (Patsy), a choreographed piece about life truths, a Moroccan fable (Mokhtar) about a rebellious goatherd, a Malian focus (Tinye So) on displeased ancestors watching the goings on in present-day Bamako, and a look at post-colonial relations (A Ton Vieux Cul De Negre!/Up Your Black Arse!) as seen through exchanges between two retirees (one Congolese, one Belgian).

Following the screening, there will be a FREE round table discussion by several of the filmmakers about "The Challenges of Making A Short Film".   

WHEN: Saturday, March 24, 11:00 am 
WHERE: TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 king Street (corner of King and John) 
TICKETS: $12/ Seniors and Students with ID $10

Short Films 1/Courts Métrages 2 There are 4 Canadian shorts represented in this 5 film section: Bip Bip/Beep Beep is the sound of love being disturbed by technology; Mandala Mon Amour/Mandala My Love is a beautiful animated piece about a Russian immigrant that  blends art with science; Mauser is an inter-generational drama about a World War 11 vet and a young gamer; and Skeket deals with a young girl's imaginings of her family's past in Tunisia. Also included in this programme is Jean-Jacques (Cameroon) about a young woman dreaming of a better life Europe, dreams which are fed by a Parisian connection made via the Internet. 

WHEN: Sunday, March 25, 11:00 am 
WHERE: TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 king Street (corner of King and John) 
TICKETS: $12/ Seniors and Students with ID $10

March 23 - April 1
All Films Are Subtitled in English

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