SUN. 29 NOV. - IST. FRANCESE
3:00 pm - ACID Selection for the 56th Festival dei Popoli
NOUS, PRINCESSES DE CLÈVES
by Régis Sauder
France, 2010, 69’
La Princesse de Clèves, the first modern novel of French literature, is the protago- nist of a sudden and overwhelming love but also the leading character of this film. The pupils of the Marseille Lycée Diderot give life to the literary work with their voices and faces. Through reading this classic, they project their own experiences as seventeen-year-olds who open to love for the first time with all the doubts and uncertainties typical of this life age, also made of tormented choices and sacrifices.
4:30 pm - ACID Selection for the 56th Festival dei Popoli
by Kaveh Bakhtiari
France, Switzerland, 2013, 100’
In a narrow apartment in Athens, Amir and his comrades are waiting for the fake documents that will open the doors to Europe for them. They share games and despair, they confront each other, and remember their beloved ones: these are not only details of daily life but necessary, unique companions in the exhausting wait for an unknown, possibly cruel future. Greece, land of uncertainty amplifying the sense of precariousness, cannot stop the dreams and expectations of those who are forced to “stop over” there.
6:30 pm - ACID Selection for the 56th Festival dei Popoli
LA VIERGE, LES COPTES ET MOI
The Virgin, The Copts and Me
by Namir Abdel Messeeh
Francia, Qatar, Egitto, 2012, 85’
Namir is a French filmmaker of Egyptian origin. One day he watches a videotape of the Virgin Mary’s apparition in Egypt with his mother who, like millions of other Copts, sees the Virgin on the screen while he sees nothing. Skeptical, Namir travels back to Egypt to make a film about the bizarre occurrence of these apparitions.
8:00 pm - ACID Selection for the 56th Festival dei Popoli
by Mehran Tamadon
France, Switzerland 2014, 105’
Iranian filmmaker Mehran Tamadon, an atheist, manages to convince four mullahs – the supporters of the Islamic Republic of Iran – to come live and talk with him for two days, welcoming them in his house. Their discussions mix with everyday life and a question resurfaces incessantly: how to live together when the view of the world and of the other are colliding? Freedom, religion, the place of women in society are divid- ing issues. Every time they come up, the attempts at living in harmony fall through.