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 initiatives.
A selection of 40 short French films will be screened during the 3-day screenings, divided into five segments: namely 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 second day, 9 short films - Les Crayons, Le Manie-Tout, Poteline, Fond de Teint, Marottes, Imago, Clik Clak, Bouts en Train and 00 h 17 - under the category of Playground Shorts, and 8 films, namely Gratte-Papier, La Conductrice, Jeanne, à Petits Pas..., La Pelote de Laine, Le Bon Numéro, Marcel!, Rosa and French Kiss, under the category of The Feminine: The Elles, will be screened.
Les Crayons (The Pencils), by Didier Barcelo
France - Animation – 3 minutes
A pretty little girl is in love with a little boy, but is she as charming and sweet with everybody else?
Le Manie-Tout (The Do-It-All), by Georges Le Piouffle
France - Fiction - 16 minutes
10-year-old Martin must take an alley he doesn’t know to get to his new school. Mysterious Manitout signals to him from behind a dusty window. The old man can make Martin’s satchel come to life. And what if everything left in the old man’s hands could start to work? Thus a world somewhere between the imaginary and wishful comes to life for Martin.
Poteline, by Chloé Miller
France - Animation – 4 minutes
Fed-up of waiting, a princess takes over the situation.
Fond de Teint (Make up), by Marie-Louise Mendy
France - Fiction - 10 minutes
Safi is a young woman from Africa, who goes to get her son from school. He looks at her face and hands closely as though he was seeing her for the first time. With him strangely distant and depressed since this day, she slowly discovers the reason for his trouble: the difference of their skin colors.
Marottes, by Benoît Razy
France - Animation - 14 minutes
Céline’s parents leave for a few days. The 10-year-old girl remains behind with her two brothers, watched over by Rosalie. During her parents’ absence, an unusual number of meetings take place between Céline and Valentin, a young, unstable boy given to violent spells who lives in the same village. Their games and vastly different backgrounds create a mixture of mutual curiosity and fear between them.
Imago, by Cédric Babouche
France - Animation, 3D - 12 minutes
Antoine, 8 years old, has lost his father in a plane crash. Unable to accept his death, he finally starts living again and accepts his loss through a metaphorical dream. And thus, he's able to grieve.
Clik Clak, by Thomas Wagner, Victor-Emmanuel Moulin and Aurélie Fréchinos
France - Animation – 6 minutes
Logic event in robots party language teapot and splat atmosphere.
Bouts en Train (Bits of trains), by Emilie Sengelin
France - Animation 2D - 4 minutes
In a train, everyone is deep in his own thoughts. During an incident, their eyes meet, and their tongues are loosened in song.
00 h 17, by Xavier de Choudens
France - Fiction - 10 minutes
A group of boys, aged 12 to 23, are at a station waiting for the last train. One of them, Sacha, contemplates the heavens and speculates about how the planets move within the universe.
Gratte-Papier (Scratch-Paper), by Guillaume Martinez
France - Fiction - 8 minutes
A day like any other in the Parisian metro - or maybe not? A young man sits quietly reading his book. A young woman is seated next to him. They have nothing in common, nor do they know each other in the slightest. In spite of this, something quiet unexpected occurs between them. In full view of all the other passengers. And yet, none of the other travellers seems to notice.
La Conductrice (The Lady Driver), by Carl Lionnet
France - Fiction - 10 minutes
A young woman tells us about her job as a driver, so little known...
Jeanne, à Petits Pas... (Jeanne, Step By Step...), by Négar Djavadi
France - Fiction - 15 minutes
Summer slowly draws to an end. Jeanne, in her 60s, stands abandoned by the roadside with her suitcase. As she has no place to go, she wanders through the countryside that holidaymakers are leaving behind, until she arrives at a deserted camping ground. A white caravan stands in the middle of it. The caravan belongs to Émile and Louis, two brothers in their 70s, who have begun to feel boredom setting in. Two men, a woman, and the autumn slowly creeping closer...
La Pelote de Laine (The Ball Of Wool), by Fatma Zohra Zamoum
France - Fiction - 14 minutes
In the early 1970s, Mohamed brings over Fatiha and their two children to live with him in a French suburb. Mohamed continues to work and keeps to his routine closing the door with his key. His wife and two children find themselves prisoners in their own house. Fatiha invents original ways to communicate with the outside world.
Le Bon Numéro (The Right Number), by Aurélie Charbonnier
France - Animation - 4 minutes
A young lonely woman is looking for her soul match in a public garden. Her mobile in her hand, she receives a strange text message.
Marcel!, by Jean Achache
France - Fiction - 9 minutes
While looking at Marcel Duchamp's readymades at the Georges Pompidou Center in Paris, Zack and Seb realize that the bottle-holder gathering dust in their parents' cellar is a spitting image of a piece by the great artist. They then try to sell the object to a gallery, learning a lesson about art and stirring up a bit of a ruckus in the process.
Rosa, by Blandine Lenoir
France - 2005 - 23 minutes
"Rosa, darling, it's not your fault. But you can see for yourself, neither of us has much work. So, we're going to find a wonderful lady to look after you. Everything will be fine, you'll see."
French Kiss, by Antonin Peretjatko
France - Fiction - 19 minutes
Deep shit: listen, in life chance only comes once, unless you're lucky: then it can come twice. But for you it will only come once. So, you must chat to Kate the American, where is she?
The entry to all the films is free. Please contact the Alliance Francaise at 2770-0734/2770-0736 for further details.