• Welcome to the website of the French Institute of South Africa!

  • Bienvenue sur le site de l'Institut Français d'Afrique du Sud !

A South African film selected at the CinéMondes Festival of Lille!

“Otelo Burning”, a moving South African long feature about the troubled and often violent events that have accompanied the fall of Apartheid, has just been selected for the official competition at the prestigious CinéMondes Festival of Lille. Another work of the talented director Sara Blecher – who came into the spotlight in SA for “Surfing Soweto”, a documentary that captured the story of boys hopping from one speeding train to the next, risking their lives just for the thrill – "Otelo Burning" is pitched on the fans' blogs as "a coming of age story set against the backdrop of Nelson Mandela’s release from prison. It's an emotional story of kids in the township learning to surf. It's a story of the explosive potential for change at the time of apartheid's end - all seen through a child's eye." You can see excerpts of the film here.

A you might have read in CinéMondes' "call for application" that Intofrench published some month ago, the festival is proud to defend the right for films of every people in their diversity and differences to get attention. "The influence of world cultures is a necessary step in order to create mutual understanding among all the public reflect on the political, economic, social and cultural institutions in order to contribute to bringing people of all backgrounds", the festival states.

Intofrench wishes the best of luck to "Otelo Burning" in this wonderful adventure!

Cinema & Media - Cinema

  • 2020-MyFFF-FB

    MyFrenchFilmFestival 10th edition

    The cosiest film festival is back in South Africa from 16 January to 16 February! After 10 million streams recorded across 200 territories in 2019, MyFrenchFilmFestival, the first online French film festival will be back on 16 January for its 10th edition. Across the globe, and from the comfort of… Read more
  • Les Misrables banner

    French film Les Misérables to premiere at the European Film Festival

    The French Institute of South Africa is pleased to announce that Les Misérables, which won the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, will be opening the European Film Festival on Friday 29 November. The film won Best International Feature Film at the Durban International Film Festival in July.… Read more
  • 2018 - postermyfrenchfilmfestival2019-001

    MyFrenchFilmFestival.com - 9th edition

    MyFrenchFilmFestival 9th edition18 January – 18 February 2019 All of you French film lovers out there, the wait is finally over! MyFrenchFilmFestival, the world's first online French film festival, is back from 18 January to 18 February 2019. For a whole month, enjoy a selection of the best French… Read more


This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Audiovisual Attaché for Southern Africa

Tel. (+27) 11 403 0458 
Direct (+27) 11 727 5105