By Ogova Ondego
Published February 7, 2013
Six films are lined up for screening February 11-16, 2013 during the 10th edition of Images of France festival that runs at Alliance Francaise in the Nairobi CBD and Cinemart cinema, a newly opened cinema in the Kawangware informal settlement.
The daily free screenings are set to exhibit recent and award-winning French films running the gamut of drama, comedy and animation.
The schedule of the shows at Alliance Française and Cinemart cinema (Kawangware, off Naivasha Road, next to Deliverance Church) is as follows:
Feb 11@7pm@Alliance Française & Feb 13@4pm@Cinemart: THE ARTIST by Michel Hazanavicius, 2011, 100 minutes, drama, in French with English subtitles: General Exhibition.
The story follows the relationship of Georges Valentin (Jean Dujardin), an older silent movie star, and Peppy Miller (Bérénice Béjo), a rising young actress, as silent cinema falls out of fashion and talking films take over.
Feb 12@7pm@Alliance Française & Feb 14 Feb@4pm@Cinemart: COMME UN CHEF by Daniel Cohen, 2012, 84 minutes, comedy, in French with English subtitles : General Exhibition.
Jacky Bonnot is a talented amateur chef who dreams of owning his own restaurant. Unfortunately his present financial situation makes it highly unlikely that he will ever fulfil his dream. He manages to scrape a living by doing odd jobs which he can just about hold onto, until the day his path crosses that of Alexandre Lagarde, a renowned chef…
Feb 13@7pm@Alliance Française & Feb 15@4pm@Cinemart: POLISSE by Maïwenn, 2011, 127 minutes, drama, in French with English subtitles : 16yrs and above.
A gripping police drama based on true accounts from the Parisian Child Protection Unit. The daily grind for the officers of the Child Protection Unit includes taking in offenders, making arrests, interrogations, taking statements but also the sense of solidarity between colleagues during lunch breaks. It is knowing the worst exists and trying to live with it. How do these police officers balance their private lives and the reality they are confronted with every working day?
Feb 14@7pm@Alliance Française & Feb 12@4pm@Cinemart: LOUP/The Wolf by Nicolas Vanier, 2009, 102 minutes, drama, in French with English subtitles : General Exhibition.
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Sergei is an Eveny, the nomadic reindeer herders living in the wild mountains of Eastern Siberia. At the age of 16, Sergei is put in charge of his clan’s largest herd. In the Siberian vastness, the wolves remain a perennial threat to the reindeer.
Sergei has learnt to hunt the wolves without any qualms, until the day that he encounters a female with a litter of four cubs…
Feb 15@7pm@Alliance Française & Feb 11@4pm@Cinemart: UN BONHEUR N’ARRIVE JAMAIS SEUL/Happiness never comes alone by James Huth, 2012, 110 minutes, comedy, in French with English subtitles : 16yrs and above.
Sacha loves his friends, his piano and partying. At night, he plays in a jazz club and seduces pretty girls. He lives for the moment, looking for pleasure. Charlotte has three kids, two ex-husbands and a thriving professional life. She has no room for a love story. They have nothing in common and shouldn’t be together… but they are made for one another.
Feb 16@10am@Alliance Française & @10am@Cinemart: UNE VIE DE CHAT/A Cat in Paris by Alain Gagnol, Jean-Loup Felicioli, 2010, 70 minutes, animation, in English : 6yrs and above. Dino is a cat who shares his life between two houses. During the day, he lives with Zoé, the only daughter of Jeanne, a police captain. During the night, he clambers over the roofs of Paris in the company of Nico, a very skillful thief.