The 25th film festival begins this Wednesday evening in Sospel

Until Sunday August 21, the village will (almost) look like Cannes. No red carpet or Palais des Festivals but film screenings in the former Chapel of the Red Penitents and on the Place du Chanoine Toesca.

From this Thursday, Sospel hosts its traditional film festival. Spectators will be able to discover six French films and one Anglo-American, including a documentary. Cinematographic works, very recent, carefully chosen by the organization of the Friends of the cinema of Sospel.

“Movies That Make Sense”

The opportunity to make the 7th art more accessible by offering sessions at unbeatable prices. Comedy, adventure, drama or animation, the registers will be diverse. “Our goal is to show films that make sense, explains Georges Eberhardt, treasurer of the Friends of Cinema association in Sospel. We first make a first selection with the seven other volunteers, we go see them, we look at the reviews and then we vote. It’s always collective. We try to vary so that the program pleases everyone. Every Friday of the year, the town already benefits from the traveling cinema set up by the department. So, during these five days, the association endeavors to offer films that have not been broadcast by the system.

An olive tree palm awarded

Above all, Georges Eberhardt knows the tastes of his regulars. Because in addition to enjoying a screening, viewers have the daunting task of assigning a rating to each film. An appreciation between 1 and 5. And it is not the Palme d’Or – the first Prize at Cannes – but the Palme de l’Olivier which will then be awarded to the favorite film of the spectators.

At the same time, a competition is also organized with cinema tickets to be won according to their feelings about the films. “It allows us to know what people like for years to come, that’s how we get their opinions. Then it’s a friendly atmosphere, people meet, talk to each other, unlike Nice when we go to a cinema, people make the mouth”comments the treasurer.

Partnership with the Mercantour

Tomorrow evening, the cinema festival will open at 8:30 p.m. on the screening of the film Passengers of the night by Mikhaël Hers in the former Chapel of the Red Penitents. At the same time Thursday evening, Sospelois as visitors will be able to watch Cunning by Ben Macintyre and Michelle Ashford – the only Anglo-American film of the week. Friday at 5 p.m., The Summit of the Gods by Patrick Imbert will in turn be screened.

At 9 p.m., the broadcast will take place this time in the open air in Chanoine Toesca square with the presentation of the dramatic comedy In Body by Cedric Klapisch. The municipality will also inaugurate its new screen.

The association wanted to get involved by screening the documentary on Saturday afternoon Animal by Cyril Dion. The goal: trigger “climate awareness” among the spectators.

On this occasion, a speaker from the Mercantour National Park will be present to provide additional information. This week of cinema will close with French comedy Three times nothing by Nadège Loiseau on Saturday evening then the film Almost by Bernard Campan and Alexandre Jollien on Sunday.

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The 25th film festival begins this Wednesday evening in Sospel