In line with Ster-Kinekor Theatres’ quest to bring audiences the very best in quality entertainment, Ster-Kinekor Cinema Nouveau Theatres will host the French Film Festival in August 2012, providing audiences with the romance and artistic precision of French cinema.
Ster-Kinekor Cinema Nouveau holds the prestige of being one of the world’s only dedicated ‘art cinema’ chains, screening independent, ‘art’ and alternative cinema content from cultures all over the world. CEO for Ster-Kinekor Theatres Fiaz Mahomed says, “We are delighted to bring the French Film Festival to local audiences, exhibited at our Cinema Nouveau theatres. We are confident that the beauty of French film will be well received and is another example of how we work tirelessly to provide quality entertainment.” As a division of Ster-Kinekor Theatres, South Africa’s largest cinema exhibitor, Cinema Nouveau operates across the country in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Cape Town and Durban. For several years, France has been engaged in a series of reciprocal Seasons with its key international partners such as China, Japan, India, Turkey, Russia and Brazil. Mahomed says, “South Africa is the first sub-Saharan country to partner with France for the Seasons. The French Seasons include several art exhibitions including performance art and visual arts. Ster-Kinekor Theatres are thrilled to be able to contribute to this valuable and cultural partnership by hosting the French Film Festival.”
Following the success of the first French Film Festival in South Africa, Ster-Kinekor Cinema Nouveau Theatres along with the French Institute of South Africa and Alliances Françaises are working to bring world-class French cinema to South Africans. French films have broken box-office records in France and overseas over the last few years, earning themselves five Oscars along with a host of other film awards. Their success has also made French film makers like Lucas Belvaux and Benoit Jacquot household names.
The French Film Festival, hosted by Ster-Kinekor Cinema Nouveau as part of the France-South Africa Seasons 2012 & 2013, provides an opportunity to reinforce a wide range of existing collaborations and to build a lasting legacy for both South Africa and France. The French Film Festival will take place from 1 August to 26 August.
Films to be featured during the French Film Festival 2012 are:
Les Adieux à la Reine – Farewell My Queen –Benoit Jacquot
Angèle et Tony – Angel & Tony – Alix Delaporte
Poulet aux Prunes – Chicken with Plums – Marjane Satrapi & Vincent Paronnaud
Les Bien-Aimés – Beloved – Christophe Honoré
La Guerre est Déclarée – Declaration of War – Valérie Donzelli
Americano – Mathieu Demy
L’amour dure trois ans – Love lasts three years – Frédéric Beigbeder
35 Rhums – 35 Shots of Rum – Claire Denis
L’intrus – The Intruder – Claire Denis
Beau Travail – Claire Denis
Zulu Love Letter – Ramadan Suleman
For booking enquiries visit www.cinemanouveau.co.za or call our Ticketline on 082 16789. You can also go to sterkinekor.mobi or follow us on Twitter @sktheatres or Facebook at Ster-Kinekor Theatres. Download the Ster-Kinekor app onto your Nokia or Android phone.
For information on the French Season please visit www.fff.org.za.