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This season, the cultural service of the Consulate General of France in Toronto presents a series of films of the French-speaking world at the Alliance française.

Come travel through the French-speaking world through five feature films. From Algeria to Morocco, from Rwanda to Haïti, five filmmakers share their view of the world that surrounds them. More than just an invitation to travel, this series is an ode to the plurality of cinema and the diversity of the world.

Little Lion by Samuel Collardey, 2013 - France

Thursday, May 25th - 7:30PM


Little Lion / Comme un lion (2013) - Trailer par Myfrenchfilmfestival

Mitri is fifteen and lives in a Senegalese village. Like all boys his age, he plays football and dreams of Barça and of Chelsea. When a recruiting agent picks him up out, Mitri believes his chance has come. But to get seen by the great European football clubs, one has to pay.
His family chips in and puts itself into debt to help him. Once in Paris, everything collapses: Mitri finds himself abandoned, without a dime in his pocket, and unable to imagine dealing with the shame should he return to his village. An odyssey which will require all his resourcefulness hence begins. But his football dream will soon catch up with him...

Public Prize - MyFrenchFilmFestival 2014

 

Mapantsula by Oliver Schmitz, 1987 - South Africa

Thursday, December 8th - 7:30PM

The movie tells the story and the transformation of Johannes «Panic», a talented thief, in South Africa in the 1980s. He first considers contemptuously the difficult conditions under which Black people live in Soweto Township. Yet, he converts himself to violent political action after having been treated brutally by the white police.

Grey Matter by Kivu Ruhorahoza, 2011 - Rwanda

Thursday, January 26th - 7:30PM

The film tells three stories which are separate and at times connected. In the first one, the young filmmaker Balthazar is looking for money in Kigali to produce his debut film, Le cycle du cafard, but the government refuses to finance a film based on the aftermath of the genocide in Rwanda. In the second, Balthazar’s film takes shape and portrays a man, locked up in an asylum, who was an assassin during the war. In the third story, Yvan and Justine, brother and sister, are two young survivors who are trying to rebuild their lives.

Goodbye Morocco by Nadir Modkèche, 2012 - Morocco

Wednesday, March 15th - 7:30PM

Tanger, beginning of autumn. Dounia Abdallah, Moroccan, and Dimitri Barbarossa, Franco-Serbian, are lovers. They work together at the construction of a luxurious villa for a Gibraltar based company. The excavation works reveal Christian graves from the 4th century, adorned by frescos. For Dounia and Dimitri, this discovery is a unique occasion to change their life course. But one of the construction workers disappears…

The Man by the Shore by Raoul Peck, 1993 - Haïti

Thursday, April 6th - 7:30PM


Port-à-Piment, a small provincal town in Haiti under the Duvalier regime. A bloody period. Whole families are decimated, the arbitrary becomes institutional. Sarah is 8. Her parents have had to flee the country under a cloud of scandal. Her father, François Jansson, a discredited officer, leaves Sarah and her two sisters in the care of her grandmother Camille Desrouillere. For the young girls, this is a start of a period of dramatic, amusing and absurd experiences...

For more information, please visit the website of Alliance française de Toronto.

Alliance française de Toronto 24 Spadina Rd, Toronto, ON M5R 2S7, Canada

TORONTO - Films of the French-speaking world

When
05/25/2017
Where
Alliance française de Toronto
24 Spadina Rd, Toronto, ON M5R 2S7, Canada

This season, the cultural service of the Consulate General of France in Toronto presents a series of films of the French-speaking world at the Alliance française.

Come travel through the French-speaking world through five feature films. From Algeria to Morocco, from Rwanda to Haïti, five filmmakers share their view of the world that surrounds them. More than just an invitation to travel, this series is an ode to the plurality of cinema and the diversity of the world.

Little Lion by Samuel Collardey, 2013 - France

Thursday, May 25th - 7:30PM


Little Lion / Comme un lion (2013) - Trailer par Myfrenchfilmfestival

Mitri is fifteen and lives in a Senegalese village. Like all boys his age, he plays football and dreams of Barça and of Chelsea. When a recruiting agent picks him up out, Mitri believes his chance has come. But to get seen by the great European football clubs, one has to pay.
His family chips in and puts itself into debt to help him. Once in Paris, everything collapses: Mitri finds himself abandoned, without a dime in his pocket, and unable to imagine dealing with the shame should he return to his village. An odyssey which will require all his resourcefulness hence begins. But his football dream will soon catch up with him...

Public Prize - MyFrenchFilmFestival 2014

 

Mapantsula by Oliver Schmitz, 1987 - South Africa

Thursday, December 8th - 7:30PM

The movie tells the story and the transformation of Johannes «Panic», a talented thief, in South Africa in the 1980s. He first considers contemptuously the difficult conditions under which Black people live in Soweto Township. Yet, he converts himself to violent political action after having been treated brutally by the white police.

Grey Matter by Kivu Ruhorahoza, 2011 - Rwanda

Thursday, January 26th - 7:30PM

The film tells three stories which are separate and at times connected. In the first one, the young filmmaker Balthazar is looking for money in Kigali to produce his debut film, Le cycle du cafard, but the government refuses to finance a film based on the aftermath of the genocide in Rwanda. In the second, Balthazar’s film takes shape and portrays a man, locked up in an asylum, who was an assassin during the war. In the third story, Yvan and Justine, brother and sister, are two young survivors who are trying to rebuild their lives.

Goodbye Morocco by Nadir Modkèche, 2012 - Morocco

Wednesday, March 15th - 7:30PM

Tanger, beginning of autumn. Dounia Abdallah, Moroccan, and Dimitri Barbarossa, Franco-Serbian, are lovers. They work together at the construction of a luxurious villa for a Gibraltar based company. The excavation works reveal Christian graves from the 4th century, adorned by frescos. For Dounia and Dimitri, this discovery is a unique occasion to change their life course. But one of the construction workers disappears…

The Man by the Shore by Raoul Peck, 1993 - Haïti

Thursday, April 6th - 7:30PM


Port-à-Piment, a small provincal town in Haiti under the Duvalier regime. A bloody period. Whole families are decimated, the arbitrary becomes institutional. Sarah is 8. Her parents have had to flee the country under a cloud of scandal. Her father, François Jansson, a discredited officer, leaves Sarah and her two sisters in the care of her grandmother Camille Desrouillere. For the young girls, this is a start of a period of dramatic, amusing and absurd experiences...

For more information, please visit the website of Alliance française de Toronto.