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Kourtrajmé gets its close-up: Grassroots cinema from the Paris suburbs
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.
French culture: An 'exception' to be protected?
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.
Cinema & feminism: 'We need equality behind and in front of the camera'
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
Viewers speak on Eyimofe (This Is MyDesire)
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.
Nigerian film Eyimofe premieres at the Berlinale
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.
Elia Suleiman: 'The world today has become a global Palestine'
Elia Suleiman, a famed figure in Palestinian cinema, joins us in the studio as his new film "It Must Be Heaven" hits French cinemas and Paris's Cinémathèque hosts a retrospective of his work. He speaks to Eve Jackson about why Palestinian directors can be funny, how he thinks the press overanalyse his work and why he shows the world as if it were a microcosm of Palestine in his new film.
Football scandal girl film screens in Paris
A film starring a former underage escort at the heart of a scandal that shook the French football team is coming to the French cinemas after having won one of the top prizes at the Cannes film festival last May.
Berlin Film Festival: A stellar year for women and French cinema
Berlin Film Festival: A stellar year for women and French cinema.