FRANCE / 11th Rencontres Films Femmes Méditerranée

On October 6th the association Films Femmes Méditerranée (Films Women Mediterranean) kicked off its 11th festival dedicated to women film-makers from both sides of the Mediterranean.


This year’s programming of Rencontres Films Femmes Méditerranée includes 40 films (feature-length and short, drama and documentary) filmed in 16 countries, including 11 being shown for the first time.

Several of the films selected trace stories woven into our collective history, for example Iciar Bollain’s L’Olivier – a young woman goes as far as Germany in her search for a thousand-year-old olive tree torn from the earth in Spain – or Catarina Mourão’s  A toca de lobo (The Wolf’s Lair) – a young Portuguese woman tries to shed light on her grandfather, an opponent of the Salazar dictatorship – or Jasmila Žbanić’s Les Femmes de Višegrad – an Australian tourist in Bosnia discovers and breaks the silence surrounding the wartime memories of the women raped and killed there in 1992. Most of the directors will be present to answer questions from the public.

The 11th Rencontres will also feature a masterclass with two Balkan film-makers, Andrea Staka and Jasmila Žbanić; plus an evening of short films, 13 en Courts; a discussion about web-creation; on October 9th and 16th at MuCEM a tribute to actress and director Juliet Berto; a round table at the Villa Méditerranée on the situation of refugee children and a concert by the Nouvelles Antigones.

The festival can be seen in 8 venues in Marseille from October 6th to the 18th, and from October 14th to 23rd it is also travelling around the region (Cucuron, Hyères, La Ciotat, Martigues and Port-de-Bouc).

Click here to discover the Rencontres’ complete programme.

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