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This year’s sixth Champs-Elysees Film Festival (June 15-22) will screen 80 films, including 12 feature films and 20 shorts in competition. The main novelties include a new competitive section for French films and a separate jury for shorts.
The fest has further reinforced its industry activities in the context of the fourth edition of Paris Coproduction Village (June 20-22) and the U.S. in Progress pix-in-post sidebar, a bi-annual film event organized jointly by the Champs-Elysees fest and the New Horizons Assn. since 2011.
“It’s been a wonderful journey to date,” says fest director Sophie Dulac. “The event has been embraced in Paris, by both audiences and industry professionals. It exudes the glamour of an event like Cannes, against the backdrop of one of the world’s most iconic boulevards.”
The festival showcases independent films from America and France in some of Paris’ finest theaters, including the Ugc George V and Gaumont Ambassade. »
- Martin Dale
The Champs-Élysées Film Festival, created by producer, distributor and exhibitor Sophie Dulac, is a commitment to Parisian audiences for a cinematic trip between France and the USA showcasing the best of French and American independent cinema and highlighting New Orleans.
Six American indies and six French indies will judged for two separate awards and will also receive audience awards. The 2017 Jury consist of talents coming from all kinds of backgrounds and having a strong involvement in French independent cinema : — Lolita Chammah, actress, — Lola Créton, actress, — Vincent Dedienne, actor, humorist and author, — Jérémie Elkaïm, actor, screenwriter and director, — Camélia Jordana, singer and actress, — Gustave Kervern, director and actor — Karidja Touré, actress.
Classic Claude Brasseur back when…
The classic French actor Claude Brasseur will be the Guest of Honor along with the American director Alex Ross Perry and director Jerry Schatzberg. Other guests include directors Arnaud and Jean-Marie Larrieu, the French actress Aïssa Maïga. »
- Sydney Levine
Blind Sun, 2015
Written and directed by Joyce A. Nashawati
Greece. Sometime in the near future. A seaside resort struck by a heavy heat wave. Water is rare and violence is mounting. Ashraf, a solitary immigrant, is looking after a villa while its owners are away. On a dusty road crushed by the sun, he is stopped by a police officer for an identity check.
Blind Sun is, in the truest sense of the term, a slow burn. The film is – supposedly – set within in a near-future where water is scarce and a heatwave is setting in, and immigrant Ashraf Idriss (Zaid Bakri) is looking after a luxurious villa while its owners escape the sun. But strange things are a foot and he is seemingly being followed. Or is it all just a figment of »
- Luke Owen
Stars: Ziad Bakri, Mimi Denissi, Louis-Do de Lencquesaing, Yannis Stankoglou, Laurène Brun, Gwendoline Hamon, Yiorgos Gallos, Theodoros Kandiliotis, Andreas Marianos, Sarah Krebs | Written and Directed by Joyce A. Nashawati
In the sun-scorched Greece of the near future, immigrant Ashraf house-sits a fancy villa (plus cat) while its rich owners are away. After a testy greeting from his employers and a rough start with a border cop, the stage is almost certainly set for a showdown of some variety. Well, excessive heat always makes me extra grumpy too.
While there’s no sign of any immediate danger to Ashraf – nor any traditional horror or thriller movie cinematography or audio cues to suggest it might be on the way either – the atmosphere is there from the outset; oppressive, dusty and unforgiving, like a slightly pre-apocalyptic Greek Mad Max. The constant chirruping of desert wildlife is a fine stand in for a horror movie score, »
- Joel Harley
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