The 32nd edition of the International Film Festival Vues d’Afrique starts on Sunday at the Cinémathèque québécoise, where all the event’s activities will hold. What works should we see and what events should you attend during this eight-day festival, during which will be screened films from 33 countries? The Press is hereby offering its suggestions here.
A Nollywood shutter
Nollywood, you know? This is the Nigerian film industry, the second largest in the world after Bollywood and before Hollywood …. The Festival offers an immersion in this wacky and theatrical film, broadcast en masse on Nigerian TV, with three works: Thy Will Be Done, Flower Girl and Gone Too Far. Presented with the NollywoodWeek Paris.
From the Algerian cinema, we are offered Madame Courage by Merzak Allouache in the international selection of fiction films. Consumer Film interested in social issues, Madam Courage makes a reference to a psychotropic very appreciated by young Algerians. This was the case of Omar, a pickpocket who, one morning like any other, will cross paths with Selma, his next victim.
Choucha unfathomable indifference
The question, very topical, about refugees and African immigration is addressed in Choucha, unfathomable indifference, a film by Sophie Bachelier and Djibril Diallo. This medium-length documentary tells the daily average of some 700 survivors of the Libyan conflict that must survive the closing of the Choucha camp in Tunisia on 30 June 2013.
The boundaries of the sky
The opening film of the 32nd Vues d’Afrique has been shown in several festivals in Africa and Europe since its release in November 2015. Directed by the Tunisian Fares Naanaa, the work tells the story of a couple of thirty-year-olds, happy and uneventful, suddenly confronted with an unspeakable tragedy. A strong work on human strength and will to live, we are assured.
Homage to Martine Chartrand
Martine Chartrand of Montreal has really made known her short film MacPherson, inspired by a song by Félix Leclerc, since its release at the FFM in 2014. Views of Africa will honor Ms. Chartrand April 23 to 16 h. On this occasion, the filmmaker will demonstrate her technique of painting on glass used for creating MacPherson.
The Narrow Frame of Midnight
This film by Tala Hadid, featuring Marie-Josée Croze, was screened at TIFF two years ago. Through the eyes of some protagonists whose paths intersect, this film takes us on a road trip because of tensions and violence, but also poetry, from Morocco to the plains of Kurdistan, via Istanbul.
by André Duchesne (La Presse), Madame Courage, Photo provided by Vues D’Afrique