In front of the Zawya theaters in the city center and at the Zamalek cinema, the lines are long. A public keen on this 15th edition of the European Film Festival, from December 1 to 10. The remaining days promise the public more surprises. A retrospective is dedicated to the Franco-Swiss director and filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard, who passed away last September. Over the next four days, the public is invited to rediscover the veteran of French cinema whose films have often upset moviegoers. And this, through two axes: the young Godard and Godard Post 1968. In the first axis, it is the discovery of Godard as a filmmaker of The New Wave born in France at the end of the 1950s and which lasted ten years until the late 1960s.
La Nouvelle Vague, of which Godard is one of the creators, is the story of a group of critics who wanted to become directors. Godard and other filmmakers are from the Cahiers du cinema. At that time, cinema mirrored the times. On the program, the third feature film signed by Godard A woman is a woman (December 10, at 4 p.m., at the Zawya 2 room) and the road movie Pierrot le fou (December 9, at 4 p.m., in the Zawya 2 room).
Under the label Godard Post 1968, the panorama offers us Godard after the events of May 1968: a period during which student demonstrations took place in France, as well as general and wildcat strikes. Godard moves away from the classic cinema he has practiced so far, engages in the various political struggles of the moment and seeks new ways of making cinema. He tries with Jean-Pierre Gorin to make a political cinema and signs his films under the collective pseudonym of ” Dziga Vertov group “. Meeting with Pravda December 7, at 1 p.m., at the Zawya 2 room, December 9, at 1 p.m., at the Zawya 1 room. The group was dissolved in 1972 and Godard with his film Everything is fine returns to traditional cinema with stars in leading roles. December 7, at 4 p.m., in the Zawya 1 room.
The documentary Here and elsewhere, which will be screened this week, revolves around the Palestinian cause. It testifies to the political position of Godard, who was anxious to release this film, shot in 1971 on the basis of images from 1970. On December 10, at 1 p.m., in the Zawya 1 room and on Zawya 2 room.
In addition to this not-to-be-missed retrospective, the panorama as usual promises its audience a recent collection of European films produced in 2022 and screened or awarded at international festivals. The films are divided into 6 themes, namely Clandestine, To be seen (have), Salvatory Territories (saving territories), Underdogs (the outsiders), Performance Embodying (embodiment performances) and Intimate Chasms (intimate chasms).
From the clandestine section which often evokes dark events and thriller films, Serviam I will serve is an Austrian thriller film directed by Ruth Mader. The film was released at the Locarno Film Festival. It tells the story of a religious sister who struggles with the decline of the faith in a Catholic boarding school for young girls from the wealthy Austrian elite. December 10, at 10 p.m., in the Zawya 1 room. Human Flowers of Flesh is a Franco-German feature film directed by Helena Wittmann. It tells the story of Ida, a woman in her forties who lives with a crew of five on a sailboat. While on leave in Marseille, the French Foreign Legion catches the attention of Ida, who sets herself a new goal: to cross the Mediterranean to reach the Algerian town of Sidi Bel Abbés, the Legion’s headquarters until country’s independence in 1962. Released at the Locarno Film Festival, Human Flowers of Flesh is screened in the panorama under the label of Territoires salvateurs. A section that addresses the characters’ gazes towards unknown lands or lands of refuge. December 8, at 4 p.m., in the Zawya 1 room.
Great international prizes
Part of the underdog section that deals with the idea of difficult and socially outcast characters, The worst is an exceptional French feature film directed by Lise Akoka and Romane Gueret. It won the Un Certain Regard Prize at the Cannes Film Festival. This is a shoot that will take place in the Picasso city, in Boulogne-Sur-Mer, in the north of France. During the casting, four teenagers, Lily, Ryan, Maylis and Jessy, are chosen to play in the film. In the neighborhood, everyone is surprised: why did you only take the worst »? December 7, at 7 p.m., at the Zawya 1 theater and December 8, at 7 p.m., at the Zamalek cinema.
Vera is another Austrian film in the section Have whose films revolve around the characters who are fighting hard to have a space in the world. It is a semi-documentary film directed by Tizza Covi and Rainer Frimmel, starring Italian actress Vera Gemma, daughter of famous actor Giuliano Gemma. It was released last September as part of the Venice International Film Festival where the film won Best Director and Best Actress (Vera Gemma) awards in the Orizzonti section. December 10, at 1 p.m., in the Zawya 2 room.
Triangle of Sadness (title in French Without Filter) is classified under Embodiment performances. This section focuses on the roles that the characters are forced to represent. Fragile roles imposed by society. Triangle of Sadness is a Swedish-French-German-British-American satirical comedy film written and directed by Ruben Östlund. It is the director’s first feature film and received the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival. It’s about a couple of models and influencers who find themselves on board a luxury cruise ship. There, only money, luxury and inequality reign. At least until a storm points the tip of its nose and with it the upheaval of social relations between all the occupants of the ship. All these beautiful people will eventually have to live together, even if it means overturning dogmas and hierarchies (December 9, at 7 p.m., at the Zawya 1 room and December 10, at 7 p.m., at the Zamalek cinema).
From section Intimate chasms which evokes family relationships, kinship ties and the complex feelings of love, aftersun by director Charlotte Wells turns out to be a work of undeniable delicacy. It is the award-winning film par excellence at international festivals: Cannes Film Festival, Munich Film Festival, Sarajevo Film Festival and others. At the end of the 1990s, eleven-year-old Sophie and her father Calum spent their holidays in a club on the Turkish coast. They bathe, play billiards and enjoy each other’s friendly company. Calum becomes the best version of himself when he’s with his daughter. Sophie, meanwhile, thinks that anything is possible with him.
When the young girl is alone, she makes new friends and has new experiences. While savoring every moment spent together, a sense of melancholy and mystery sometimes pervades Calum’s demeanor. Twenty years later, Sophie’s memories take on new meaning as she tries to reconcile the father she knew with the man she didn’t know. On December 8, at 10 p.m., at the Zamalek cinema,
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