"Francophonie 2016" : 11th Cinema Festival [el] [fr]

The Institut français de Chypre and the Association "Friends of Cinema", in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and Culture of the Republic of Cyprus and the Embassies of Switzerland, Bulgaria, Canada and Romania, present the 11th Films Festival.

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The Friends of Cinema Society is a cinema club. According to the terms and conditions for its operation and screening of films, NO admission is allowed to anyone under the age of 18.
Fees: 8€ - Retirees: 6€ - Members of the Association and students under 26 years old on presentation of ID : 4€ - soldiers : 2€
All films start at 9:00 PM, except on Sunday: 8:00 PM.

Venue: Cine-Studio, University of Nicosia

Chic!

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(France, 2015, 103 min, o.v. French with Greek subtitles)
Director: Jérôme Cornuau
Stars: Fanny Ardant, Marina Hands and Eric Elmosnino

Summary: Alicia, a designer for a haute couture fashion house, lacks inspiration to create a new collection after a bitter breakup. To save the show, her bitter director quickly comes up with a solution to restore Alicia’s creative powers.
Dates: Tuesday, March 1st at 9:00pm (cocktail offered by the Institut français de chypre at 8:00pm) and Thursday, March 10th at 9:00pm

Life of Riley

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(France, 2015, 1h24 ’, o.v. French with Greek subtitles)
Director: Alain Resnais
Stars: Sabine Azéma, Hippolyte Girardot and Caroline Silhol

Summary: In the midst of rehearsals for a new play, amateur dramatics proponents Colin and Kathryn receive the shattering news that their friend George is fatally ill and only has a few months to live.
Dates: Thursday, March 3rd at 9:00pm and Friday, March 11th at 9:00pm

One wild moment

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(France, 2015, 1h45 ’, o.v. French with Greek subtitles)
Director: Jean-François Richet
Stars: Vincent Cassel, François Cluzet and Lola Le Lann

Summary: Pierre, 44, contentedly divorced, takes his teen daughter to the Côte d’Azur along with his friend Jacques and Jacques’ own teen daughter, Françoise. On the topless beaches of Saint-Tropez, Jacques and Pierre discuss marriage and being parents. Then, in a wild moment at a nighttime party, Françoise starts playing with Pierre, and one thing leads to another: they become lovers. After a couple of trysts, Pierre wants out, but Françoise declares her love for him and wants to tell her father about it.
Dates: Friday, March 4th at 9:00pm and Tuesday, March 8th at 9:00pm

The last hammer blow

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(France, 2015, 83 min, o.v. French with Greek subtitles)
Director: Alix Delaporte
Stars: Romain Paul, Clotilde Hesme and Grégory Gadebois

Summary: A 13-year old boy who lives with his single sick mom in a trailer near the beach, comes in contact with the father he never knew when the man performs as a conductor at the local music theater.
Dates : Sunday, March 6th at 8:00pm and Thursday, March 17th at 9:00pm

California dreamin’

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(Romania, 2008, 155 min, o.v. Romanian with English subtitles)
Director: Christian Nemescu
Stars: Armand Assante, Jamie Elman and Razvan Vasilescu

Summary: In 1999, during the Kosovo War,a train carrying NATO equipment, escorted by American Marines with Captain Doug Jones in command, is held back in Capalnita, a Romanian godforsaken village, by Doiaru, the station master, who blocks the train over a paperwork technicality. For five days the villagers try to take advantage of the Americans’ unexpected presence. The mayor, for instance, organizes a celebration in their honor. On the other hand, sergeant David McLaren, Jones’s second in command, falls in love with Monica, the crafty’s station master’s daughter, who dreams of a better world... And what about the Marines’ initial mission?
Date: Monday, March 7th at 9:00pm
Entrance free

The Island

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(Switzerland/ France/Austria, 2005, 195 min , o.v. French with English subtitles)
Director: Kamen Kalev
Stars: Thure Lindhardt, Laetitia Casta and Mihail Mutafov

Summary: Sophie and Daneel,both in their early thirties, are a close and passionate couple living in Paris. Sophie initiates a surprise journey to Bulgaria. Daneel explicitly refuses to go, but Sophie insists and finally convinces him to leave. When they arrive, Sophie discovers that Daneel was born there...
After a few hours spent on the crowded beaches,Daneel leads Sophie to an almost abandoned island lost in the Black Sea. Once there, Daneel discovers pregnancy tests in Sophie’s luggage.The heat and the strange few inhabitants soon alter their own behaviors, and the island slowly reveals hidden fears that question their love. To get through it all, they have to jump into the unknown....

Date: Tuesday, March 15th at 9:00pm
Entrance free

Henry Dunant – Red on the Cross

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(Switzerland/ France/Austria, 2005, 95 min , o.v. French with English subtitles)
Director: Dominique Othenin-Girard
Stars: Thomas Jouannet, Emilie Dequenne and Vincent Winterhalter

Summary: An idealist, a romantic, humanist and visionary, Swiss-born Henry Dunant led a great battle convincing states to allow a relief society to take care of soldiers wounded on the battlefield, regardless of their nationality. The fierce will of this man, who dared the impossible, thereby earning the first Nobel Peace Prize, was the spark that led to the founding of the Red Cross Society. This film, an epic loosely based on the life of Henry Dunant, is carried by the spirit and the passion that drove this resolutely modern hero of the 19th century.
Date: Friday, March 18th at 9:00pm - followed by cocktail offered by the Embassy of Switzerland
Entrance free

Dheepan

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(France, 2015, 1h55’, o.v. French with Greek subtitles)
Director: Jacques Audiard
Stars: Anthonythasan Jesuthasa, Kalieanswari Srinivasan and Claudine Vinasithamby

Summary: Dheepan is a Tamil freedom fighter, a Tiger. In Sri Lanka, the Civil War is reaching its end, and defeat is near. Dheepan decides to flee, taking with him two strangers - a woman and a little girl - hoping that they will make it easier for him to claim asylum in Europe. Arriving in Paris, the ’family’ moves from one temporary home to another until Dheepan finds work as the caretaker of a run-down housing block in the suburbs. He works to build a new life and a real home for his ’wife’ and his ’daughter’, but the daily violence he confronts quickly reopens his war wounds, and Dheepan is forced to reconnect with his warrior’s instincts to protect the people he hopes will become his true family.
Dates: Sunday, March 20th at 8:00pm and Friday, March 25th at 9:00pm

Mommy is at the hairdresser’s

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(Canada, 2008, 98 min, o.v. French with English subtitles)
Director: Léa Pool
Stars: Marianne Fortier, Élie Dupuis et Hugo St-Onge-Paquin

Summary: The film takes place in the summer of 1966. A young girl named Élise is enjoying summer vacation, until her mother suddenly abandons her family. It’s then that Élise becomes more aware of the dreams, sorrows, and lies of the people closest to her. Her brother Coco stubbornly seeks refuge in constructing a supercar, and the youngest, Benoît, plummets deep into his own internal world, retreating ever-further in the furnace room of their house. Élise’s father is simply overwhelmed by the situation. And so Élise decides to take the helm of her drifting family in an attempt to save their future. With support from the silent comfort her mentor Monsieur Mouche offers, and the wonders of nature around her, Élise is on the verge of experiencing a summer unlike any other.
Date: Monday, March 21st at 9:00pm
Entrance free

Nobody from nowhere

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(France, 2014, 118 min, o.v. French with Greek subtitles)
Director: Matthieu Delaporte
Stars: Mathieu Kassovitz, Marie-Josée Croze et Eric Caravaca

Summary: Sébastien Nicolas, realtor, leads a dull existence and gets used to disguising himself to take on the appearance of the characters he meets.
Dates: Tuesday, March 22nd at 9:00pm and Sunday, March 27th at 8:00pm
Entrance free

Daddy or mommy

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(France, 2015, 85 min o.v. French with Greek subtitles)
Director: Martin Bourboulon
Stars: Marina Foïs, Laurent Lafitte et Alexandre Desrousseaux

Summary: Florence and Vincent Leroy are successful in business, marriage and children. Today, it’s their divorce they want to succeed in. But when they both receive the promotion they’ve always dreamed of, their life together turns into a nightmare.
Dates: Thursday, March 24th at 9:00pm and Tuesday, March 29th at 9:00pm

Impressions of a drowned man

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(Cyprus, 2015, 95 min, o.v. Greek with French subtitles)
Director: Kyros Papavassiliou
Stars: Theodoris Pentidis, Marisha Triantafyllidou et Christodoulos Martas

Summary: A man who doesn’t know who he is meets his former love. She tells him he is a famous poet, Kostas Karyotakis, who killed himself in 1928. Every year he returns on the anniversary of his death. A day that has taken place many, many times before plays out again. Will Kostas again make the same decisions?
Do we take responsibility for who we are? How free do we dare to be in creating our identity, and to what extent do we take heed of what people expect of us?
Date: Monday, March 28th at 9:00pm
Entrance free

Playtime

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(France, 1967,2h04’, o.v. French with Greek subtitles)
Director: Jacques Tati
Stars: Jacques Tati, Barbara Dennek et Jacqueline Lecome

Summary: Playtime is a gloriously funny movie about a Paris so modern it does not yet exist, a Paris composed entirely of streets like our Avenue of the Americas, hemmed in by efficiently beautiful glass-and-steel towers in which, if we are quick about it, we may see momentary reflections of Sacre Coeur, the Arch of Triumph, or the Eiffel Tower.
Date: Thursday, March 31st at 9:00pm

Movies shown in Larnaca

9 month Stretch

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(France, 2012, 82 min, o.v. French with Greek subtitles)
Director: Albert Dupontel
Stars: Sandrine Kiberlain, Albert Dupontel et Nicolas Marié

Summary: Ariane Felder is an uptight, ambitious, defiantly single court judge, who unwillingly gets dragged into a New Year party. Six months later Ariane is pregnant with no idea about how it happened or who’s responsible. Suspecting her leering colleague Godfrey, Ariane takes a lump out of his head with a golf club so as to test his DNA, the first of a series of gags involving heavy objects and the hapless Godfrey.
Date: Monday, March 1st at 8:00pm - "Polychoros Apothikes", 81-83 St. Lazare Str.- In collaboration with the Theodoulou Foundation and the Larnaca Municipality
Entrance free

The Island

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(Bulgaria/Sweden, 2011, 95 min, v.o. Bulgarian with English subtitles)
Director: Kamen Kalev
Stars: Thure Lindhardt, Laetitia Casta and Mihail Mutafov

Summary: Sophie and Daneel,both in their early thirties, are a close and passionate couple living in Paris. Sophie initiates a surprise journey to Bulgaria. Daneel explicitly refuses to go, but Sophie insists and finally convinces him to leave. When they arrive, Sophie discovers that Daneel was born there...
After a few hours spent on the crowded beaches,Daneel leads Sophie to an almost abandoned island lost in the Black Sea. Once there, Daneel discovers pregnancy tests in Sophie’s luggage.The heat and the strange few inhabitants soon alter their own behaviors, and the island slowly reveals hidden fears that question their love. To get through it all, they have to jump into the unknown....
Date: Tuesday, March 8th at 8:30pm - "Polychoros Apothikes", 81-83 St. Lazare Str.- In collaboration with the Theodoulou Foundation and the Larnaca Municipality
Entrance free

Lulu femme nue

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(France, 2013, 90 min, o.v. French with English subtitles)
Director: Solveig Anspach
Stars: Karin Viard, Bouli Lanners et Claude Gensac

Summary: Following a botched job interview, Lulu decides not to return home, leaving her husband and their three children in the lurch. She premeditated nothing; it all happened quite simply. She steals a few days of freedom for herself, alone, on the coast with no other purpose in mind than to take full advantage of the moment, without feeling guilty about it.
Date: Monday, March 14th at 8:30pm - Skala Theatre- In collaboration with Larnaka Film Society.
Entrance: 3 euros

Impressions of a drowned man

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(Cyprus, 2015, 82 min, o.v. Greek with French subtitles)
Director: Kyros Papavassiliou
Stars: Thodoris Pentidis, Marisha Triantafyllidou and Christodoulos Martas

Summary: A man who doesn’t know who he is meets his former love. She tells him he is a famous poet, Kostas Karyotakis, who killed himself in 1928. Every year he returns on the anniversary of his death. A day that has taken place many, many times before plays out again. Will Kostas again make the same decisions? Do we take responsibility for who we are? How free do we dare to be in creating our identity, and to what extent do we take heed of what people expect of us?
Date: Tuesday, March 15th at 8:00pm - "Polychoros Apothikes", 81-83 St. Lazare Str. - In collaboration with the Theodoulou Foundation and the Larnaca Municipality
Entrance free

Dunant – Red on the Cross

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(Switzerland/ France/Austria, 2005, 95 min , o.v. French with English subtitles)
Director: Dominique Othenin-Girard
Stars: Thomas Jouannet, Emilie Dequenne et Vincent Winterhalter

Summary: An idealist, a romantic, humanist and visionary, Swiss-born Henry Dunant led a great battle convincing states to allow a relief society to take care of soldiers wounded on the battlefield, regardless of their nationality. The fierce will of this man, who dared the impossible, thereby earning the first Nobel Peace Prize, was the spark that led to the founding of the Red Cross Society. This film, an epic loosely based on the life of Henry Dunant, is carried by the spirit and the passion that drove this resolutely modern hero of the 19th century.
Date: Monday, March 21st at 8:30pm - Skala Theatre- In collaboration with Larnaka Film Society.
Entrance free

Movies shown in Limassol

Les Conquérants

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(France/2013,96 min, o.v. French with English subtitles)
Director: Rose Bosch
Stars: Jean Reno, Anna Galiena and Chloé Jouannet

Summary: Half-brothers Noah and Gilead attend their archeologist father’s funeral and, after recounting and comparing each other’s misfortunes, become convinced that their misery is caused by a curse upon their father and his descendants resulting from the father’s theft of the Holy Grail. Their solution is to embark on a quest for the Grail and return it to the location from which it was disturbed and removed by their father
Date: Monday, March 7th at 8:30pm - Cocktail offered at 7:30pm by the Alliance française - Cyprus University of Technology, Tassos Papadopoulos Building, Amphitheatre 2
Entrance free

Henry Dunant – Red on the Cross

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(Switzerland/ France/Austria, 2005, 195 min , o.v. French with English subtitles)
Director: Dominique Othenin-Girard
Stars: Thomas Jouannet, Emilie Dequenne and Vincent Winterhalter

Summary: An idealist, a romantic, humanist and visionary, Swiss-born Henry Dunant led a great battle convincing states to allow a relief society to take care of soldiers wounded on the battlefield, regardless of their nationality. The fierce will of this man, who dared the impossible, thereby earning the first Nobel Peace Prize, was the spark that led to the founding of the Red Cross Society. This film, an epic loosely based on the life of Henry Dunant, is carried by the spirit and the passion that drove this resolutely modern hero of the 19th century.
Date: Tuesday, 8 March at 8.30pm – Cyprus University of Technology, Tassos Papadopoulos Building, Amphitheatre 2
Entrance free

Mommy is at the hairdresser’s

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(Canada, 2008, 98 min, o.v. French with English subtitles)
Director: Léa Pool
Stars: Marianne Fortier, Élie Dupuis and Hugo St-Onge-Paquin

Summary: The film takes place in the summer of 1966. A young girl named Élise is enjoying summer vacation, until her mother suddenly abandons her family. It’s then that Élise becomes more aware of the dreams, sorrows, and lies of the people closest to her. Her brother Coco stubbornly seeks refuge in constructing a supercar, and the youngest, Benoît, plummets deep into his own internal world, retreating ever-further in the furnace room of their house. Élise’s father is simply overwhelmed by the situation. And so Élise decides to take the helm of her drifting family in an attempt to save their future. With support from the silent comfort her mentor Monsieur Mouche offers, and the wonders of nature around her, Élise is on the verge of experiencing a summer unlike any other.
Date: Wednesday, March 9th at 8:30pm - Tepak University.
Entrance free


Impressions of a drowned man

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(Cyprus, 2015, 82 min, o.v. Greek with French subtitles)
Director: Kyros Papavassiliou
Stars: Thodoris Pentidis, Marisha Triantafyllidou and Christodoulos Martas

Summary: A man who doesn’t know who he is meets his former love. She tells him he is a famous poet, Kostas Karyotakis, who killed himself in 1928. Every year he returns on the anniversary of his death. A day that has taken place many, many times before plays out again. Will Kostas again make the same decisions?
Do we take responsibility for who we are? How free do we dare to be in creating our identity, and to what extent do we take heed of what people expect of us?
Date: Thursday, March 10th at 830pm - Tepak University.
Entrance free

Movies shown in Paphos

Henry Dunant – Red on the Cross

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(Switzerland/ France/Austria, 2005, 195 min , o.v. French with English subtitles)
Director: Dominique Othenin-Girard
Stars: Thomas Jouannet, Emilie Dequenne and Vincent Winterhalter

Summary: An idealist, a romantic, humanist and visionary, Swiss-born Henry Dunant led a great battle convincing states to allow a relief society to take care of soldiers wounded on the battlefield, regardless of their nationality. The fierce will of this man, who dared the impossible, thereby earning the first Nobel Peace Prize, was the spark that led to the founding of the Red Cross Society. This film, an epic loosely based on the life of Henry Dunant, is carried by the spirit and the passion that drove this resolutely modern hero of the 19th century.
Date: Thursday, March 10th at 6:30pm - Neapolis University.
Entrance free


Our Summer in Provence

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(France, 2014,105 min, o.v. French with English subtitles)
Director: Rose Bosch
Stars: Jean Reno, Anna Galiena and Chloé Jouannet

Summary: Lea, Adrian, and their little brother Theo, born deaf, go on holiday in Provence with their grandfather, Paul "Oliveron" they never met because of a family quarrel. Unfortunately, it is not the holidays they dreamed, especially after their father announced that he was leaving the house. In less than 24 hours, it is the clash of generations between the teens and their grandfather.
Date: Thursady, March 17th at 6:30pm - Neapolis University.
Entrance free

Mommy is at the hairdresser’s

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(Canada, 2008, 98 min, o.v. French with English subtitles)
Director: Léa Pool
Stars: Marianne Fortier, Élie Dupuis and Hugo St-Onge-Paquin

Summary: The film takes place in the summer of 1966. A young girl named Élise is enjoying summer vacation, until her mother suddenly abandons her family. It’s then that Élise becomes more aware of the dreams, sorrows, and lies of the people closest to her. Her brother Coco stubbornly seeks refuge in constructing a supercar, and the youngest, Benoît, plummets deep into his own internal world, retreating ever-further in the furnace room of their house. Élise’s father is simply overwhelmed by the situation. And so Élise decides to take the helm of her drifting family in an attempt to save their future. With support from the silent comfort her mentor Monsieur Mouche offers, and the wonders of nature around her, Élise is on the verge of experiencing a summer unlike any other
Date: Friday, March 25th at 6:30pm - Neapolis University.
Entrance free

publié le 22/02/2016

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