6 short films for the creatively inclined at the Alliance Francaise this evening. Remember to take your movie critic hat along!
The Alliance Francaise of Hyderabad, in association with Short Cuts and the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, is presenting Voyages En Courts, a journey into short films, at the Prasad Labs Preview Theatre, on 6th, 7th and 8th July. As part of its policy of promoting French cinema around the world, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has regularly proposed programs of short films, and Voyages En Courts is one of the initiative.
A selection of 40 short French films will be screened during the 3-day screenings, divided into five segments: Films From The South: World Shorts, Young Audiences: Playground Shorts, The Feminine: The Elles, a selection from the 2006 Clermont Ferrand Festival, and The Weird And The Fantastic: The Strange Shorts.
Today, the inaugural day, 6 short films, namely Pretul Inocentei, Misadventure Of A Day, Goretti, After Shave, Lucky, and Pillow Talk, will be screened under the category of Films From The South: World Shorts.
Not every child is born to be free - some have to fight to gain freedom. Pretul Inocentei (The Price Of Innocence) is a short film directed by Geanina Grigoras, Romania, and lasts 17 minutes. It is about a young girl turned into merchandise by her own dehumanized parents who hope to escape poverty by selling their children.
Misadventure Of A Day, directed by Adriana Meirelles, Brasil, is an animation film of 10 minutes' duration. It talks about the routine in a crowded city - the pressure of work, boring co-workers, an obsessive boss, disillusion, and a kiss at the end.
This animated film takes a satirical look at the ups and downs of everyday life as, in the main character’s imagination, people turn into representations of their behaviour. The boss becomes an over-the-top Bush when he gets too bossy; and Luiza, the main character, turns into a dragon when he gets angry. The use of animation reveals the masks we all put on, and the film sways to a Brazilian rhythm and beat.
Goretti is the story of a 16-year-old girl, the head of the family. When her parents die of AIDS, she has to leave school to take care of her five younger brothers by herself. The film is directed by Diane Igirimbabazi, and is from Rwanda, with a duration of 13 min.
After Shave (27 minutes) by Hany Tamba, France, is about Abou Milad, an old barber who lost his hairdressing salon during the Lebanese civil war. Nowadays, he earns his crust by cutting hair in the working class cafés of Beirut. One day, he is summoned by a recluse who lives in a grand bourgeois house.
Lucky by Avie Luthrais, a South Africa - United Kingdom production lasting 20 minutes, is about a South African AIDS orphan who learns about life through an unlikely bond with a racist Indian woman.
Pillow Talk is directed by Araya Suriharn, Thailand. A 14-minute fictional film, it is about how a woman who is left with boredom and a repetitive daily routine, spices up her existence when she meets a telephone repairman.
The entry to all the films is free. Please contact the Alliance Francaise at 2770-0734/2770-0736 for further details.