Category: CINEMA

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IVORY COAST / North Africa wins 3 awards at Trophées Francophones

On December 5th the Palace of Culture in Abidjan hosted the 3rd Francophone Film Award ceremony, rewarding the best films from the 80 member countries of the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie. North African countries took three awards, including Best Drama Film for Abderrahmane Sissako‘s Franco-Mauritanian production “Timbuktu”. Tunisian Kaouther Ben Hania won the Best …

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ROMANIA / An earthquake building law threatens cinemas

Several Romanian cinemas are threatened with closure after a new earthquake construction law was passed by Klaus Iohannis’ government on November 17th. Under this law, public meetings are forbidden in buildings which were not built to withstand earthquakes. Several cultural establishments are concerned, including cinemas in the heart of Bucharest – for example Cinema Pro, …

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SPAIN / Investigation into subsidy fraud

According to El País, the government has opened an investigation after discovering that several production and distribution companies have falsified ticket sales for certain films to obtain subsidies. Spanish-made films which sell 60,000 tickets (or foreign language films attracting at least 30,000 spectators) are eligible for a grant from the Ministry of Culture – up …

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ITALY / Michele Placido’s 7 minutes and 11 women

On December 1st Italian director Michele Placido (“Romanzo criminale”, “Angel of Evil”) began shooting his twelfth film, “7 minuti”. The story is about 11 textile workers who have the difficult task of representing 200 colleagues at a crucial union meeting. They are only allowed to talk for 7 minutes to defend all the workers, threatened …

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ITALY / The life of Pope Francis adapted by Daniele Lucchetti

Produced by Taodue and Mediaset Premium, “Chiamatemi Francesco” (Call me Francis) looks at the path followed by Jorge Mario Bergoglio, particularly his life as a young Jesuit in Argentina during the dictatorship and Dirty War there before he became the Pope of the Catholic Church, called Francis, in 2013. The Argentinian actor Rodrigo de la …

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ITALY / A documentary about Neapolitans who convert to Islam

Ernesto Pagano‘s new documentary, “Napolislam”, was released in Italian cinemas on December 2nd. Originally scheduled for November 25th, the film’s release was changed by the distributors Uci Cinemas after the attacks in Paris. The director follows the daily life of ten Neapolitans who have converted to Islam – an unemployed person, a young girl in …

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FRANCE / Thierry de Peretti returns to Corsica for his 2nd film

His first film, “The Apaches”, was shown during the Directors’ Fortnight at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, now Thierry de Peretti is back in Corsica for his next film. Inspired by a true story, “A Violent Life” is about a man in exile in Paris who returns to Corsica for the funeral of a murdered …

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