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Cannes Film Festival at 2015 DIFF

For the first time in Durban, two prestigious Cannes Film Festival sections, the Critics’ Week and the Directors’ Fortnight, will be represented at the 2015 DFM.

The two sections at the Cannes Film Festival are represented at the festival together with a delegation of Reunion Island and experts from Produire au Sud- 3 Continents Festival for the third consecutive year. Alongside the French director Jean-Jacques Annaud will premiere his new film in South Africa at DIFF as part of an exceptional line-up of French films and guests present this year at the festival, including Boris Lojkine (Hope) as part of a Cannes Critics’ Week best-off. 



Semaine de la critique (Critics’ Week)

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Urucu Media, with the support of IFAS, launches a traveling programme of La Semaine de la critique (Critics’ Week) as part of 2015 DIFF.
Since its inception in 1961, the annual Cannes’ La Semaine de la Critique (Critic’s Week) is dedicated to promote the work of first and second time feature of emerging filmmakers.

The South African edition of Critics’ Week will host a dynamic selection of 5 critically acclaimed films, including 3 French long features.

The opening film screened is Hope by French director Boris Lojkine, who will be in attendance at DIFF and will present a Masterclass entitled
 "Genre Bending: From Documentary to Fiction Film" on Sunday 19 July, between 15pm and 17pm as part of Talents Durban.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Hope is a “scrupulously well-researched” recounting of a journey of desperation taken by a Nigerian woman and a Cameroonian man across the Sahara in an attempt to reach Europe. Cine Europa Online highlighted the “incredible and moving realism that emerges reveals a director whose work should be kept an eye on.”
Additional screenings will be scheduled in Johannesburg (Rosebank Cinema Nouveau) and Cape Town (Waterfront) from Friday 31 July to Sunday 2 August.

Screening schedules:

Critics’ Week at 2015 DIFF:

- Hope by Boris Lojkine (France) – Tue 21 July 20:00 Suncoast
- Salvo by Fabio Grassadonia and Antonio Piazza (Italy/France) – Wed 22 July 17:30 Suncoast
- Suzanneby Katell Quillévéré (France) – Thu 23 July 22:00 Suncoast
- The Kindergarten Teacher by Nadav Lapid (Israel) – Fri 24 July 17:30 Suncoast
- You and the Night by Yann Gonzalez (France) – Sat 25 July 17:00 Suncoast

Rosebank Nouveau (Johannesburg) / V&A Waterfront Nouveau (Cape Town)

- Hope by Boris Lojkine (France) – Fri 31 July 20:00 (opening night)
- Salvo by Fabio Grassadonia and Antonio Piazza (Italy/France) - Sat 1 August 17:30              
- Suzanne by Katell Quillévéré (France) - Sat 1 August 20:00
- The Kindergarden Teacher by Nadav Lapid (Israel) - Sun 2 August 17:30
- You and the Night by Yann Gonzalez (France) – Sun 2 August 20:00

Directors’ Fortnight: Cannes South African Film Factory

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The Cannes South African Film Factory, launched this May in Cannes, is coming to Durban where 4 South African directors will be selected and announced on Thursday 16 July. Both international and South
African directors will then take part in the Factory workshops from Thursday 23 to Saturday 25 July.

The Factory, initiated by the producer Dominique Welinski in cooperation with Directors’ Fortnight, aims to support emerging new talents on the international scene, allowing young international directors to meet and create together. 
This year, the Cannes SA Film Factory will provide an opportunity for 4 South African directors and 4 international directors to collectively produce 4 short films that will be showcased next year in Cannes.

Partners of the Cannes SA Film Factory are: French Production Company DW, South African Production company Zidaka, the KwaZulu Natal Film Commission (KZNFC), the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), the Directors’ FortnightAFDA Film School, Media Film Service, Durban Film Festival (DIFF), Cote Ouest AudiovisualSound Surfers and the French Institute of South Africa (IFAS).


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