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8 Jul
It’s been more than two years in the making: the Cannes Film Festival has opened after a pandemic-prompted hiatus in 2020.
3 Jul
Critic Lisa Nesselson joins us to discuss the importance of France's annual "Fête du Cinéma". We also talk about "Charlatan", the latest feature from Polish director Agnieszka Holland. In her fact-inspired drama, a Czech man who has devoted his life to diagnosing and healing people with plants faces the wrath of the Czech government.
22 May
Londoners braved the chill on Thursday for an outdoor cinema screening with a touch of Hollywood sparkle: a red carpet for the screening of "Wonder Woman 1984". An action spectacle starring Gal Gadot, "Wonder Woman 1984" had originally been scheduled to reach cinemas in June 2020.
12 Apr
The friendship between Temi Ami-Williams and Cynthia Ebijie is reminiscent of their on-screen characters, the sister's Rosa Temi Ami-Williams and Grace Cynthia Ebijie in the film Eyimofe.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Two sisters struggling to survive the harsh realities of Nigeria, all they have is themselves and their hope for a better future by seeking greener pastures. The characters of Rosa and Grace as sisters have obviously transcended beyond the screens to reality.⁣⁣
9 Oct 2020
Set in Lagos, Nigeria Eyimofe (This is My Desire) follows the stories of Mofe, a factory technician, and Rosa, a hairdresser, on their quest for what they believe will be a better life on foreign shores. A passport, photos and a visa form recurring elements. The characters’ misfortunes are part of their everyday life and they are sketching out the need to leave Nigeria at the same time. At the bottom of the socio-economic ladder, status, money, gender, skin colour and family structures are inextricably connected. The longing for another life is but one thread in this complex mesh, a promise that floats above things at once near and far away. #EYIMOFE
16 Sep 2020
Here are a few reasons to pick up a copy of The Guardian on Thursday. Find these stories and much more when you grab a copy of The Guardian on Thursday.⁣⁣
12 Sep 2020
In 1995 "La Haine" rocked French cinema to its core, and the shockwaves were felt across society, from artistic circles to the underprivileged suburbs it depicted. One bittersweet phrase from the film's script sums up its dark sense of humour: "jusqu'ici tout va bien" (or "so far, so good"). That catchphrase is now the title of an exhibition in Paris which is showcasing the achievements of the Kourtrajmé collective which started in the suburbs at that time.
29 Jul 2020
Dozens of people attend a drive-in cinema that began operating at the racetrack that usually hosts the Mexican Formula 1 Grand Prix, suspended this year because of the pandemic.
26 Apr 2020
France is known around the world for its culture. Some go so far as to say it’s exceptional! Literature, cinema, music and art are seen as precious things that must be protected and promoted. The state therefore invests a lot of money in the country’s cultural output. This costly policy - known as the "cultural exception" - has a good return on investment in terms of economic growth, but isn't without controversy. Genie Godula and Florence Villeminot take a closer look in this episode of French Connections Plus.
8 Mar 2020
The controversy over Roman Polanski winning Best Director at the César awards – the French equivalent of the Oscars – has divided French opinion and reignited the #MeToo debate. Several actresses, including Adèle Haenel, walked out of the Paris awards ceremony in disgust. Iris Brey is a French-American film and TV critic and university lecturer, specialising in feminism and gender. She joined us for Perspective to talk about the César awards, Polanski and why France is lagging behind the US when it comes
3 Mar 2020
Eyimofe (This Is My Desire) had its global premiere last Monday at a sold-out CinemaxX at the just-concluded Berlin International Film Festival. Directed by the Esiri brothers, Arie and Ochuko, the GDN Studios-presented film also had three equally sold-out subsequent screenings over the course of the Berlinale.⁣ Here is a cross-section of views from those who were lucky enough to purchase a ticket to view the highly-rated Nigerian film.⁣
26 Feb 2020
Directors say Eyimofe will make you feel like you were actually in Lagos⁣⁣ Eyimofe (This Is My Desire) is enjoying a good run at the Berlin International Film Festival, with tickets sold out for the first two nights of screening.⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ Deutsche Welle’s Eddy Micah Jr had the directors of the highly-rated Nigerian film, twin brothers Arie and Chuko Esiri, on News Africa where the siblings, amongst other things, talked about how Eyimofe will make audiences feel like they actually travelled to Lagos and experienced the day-to-day life of residents of Africa’s most populous city.⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣

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