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A monthly cinema feature with a special French focus.

A monthly cinema feature with a special French focus.
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RFI France


A monthly cinema feature with a special French focus.




Young men make tough, clear choices in 'Shéhérazade' and 'Sauvage'

In this month's Cinefile, RFI's Rosslyn Hyams meets artists from two French feature films. Both stories about the rougher or tougher side of life: Shéhérazade and Sauvage. Shéhérazade In the sunny port of Marseille, director Jean-Bernard Marlin sets a true-story based on the experiences of teenagers who roam the streets in less salubrious areas and hang out with local, and barely older gang-leaders in housing estates near the city limits. Marlin cast Dylan Robert who'd just been released...


Spike Lee's BlacKkKlansman opens in European cinemas

US director Spike Lee's latest film opens in cinemas around Europe this week, as welll as in Argentina. BlacKkKlansman is the true story of a black police officer who infiltrated the white supremacist group, the Ku Klux Klan in the 1970s. In May the film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in southern France where it won the Grand Prix. BlacKkKlansman opened in cinemas in the US on 19 August and has earned over 20 million euros at the box office so far. RFI's Isabelle Chenu was among a...


Martel's colonial, absurd and splendid 'Zama' and Silver's rare Franco-US coprod 'Thirst Street'

In this month's Cinefile, RFI's Rosslyn Hyams tells curious film-watchers about two arresting June and July releases in France, Argentinian film Zama and US-French Thirst Street.


Lav Diaz's dark Season of the Devil, Samuel Collardey's luminous A Polar Year

In this month's Cinefile Rosslyn Hyams meets French director Samuel Pollardey who filmed a year in Greenland for Une Année Polaire (A Polar Year), and Lav Diaz, Filipino director of Season of the Devil, a four-hour film entirely sung, shot in black and white, which is more 'scuro' than 'chiaro'.


Cannes Film Festival awards and The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir

Cinefile with RFI's Rosslyn Hyams takes a look back at some of the main features of the Cannes Film Festival this month, a bumper edition in many ways. Also a feelgood pic pools India and French production talent in just released The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir directed by Ken Scott. The 2018 Cannes International Film Festival jury headed by actress and women's rights activist Cate Blanchett gave the Golden Palm to Japanese director Kore-eda Hirokazu's 13th feature, Shoplifters. The...


Is Gemma Arterton a happy woman; Walid Mattar follows the Northern Wind

In this month's Cinefile, RFI's Rosslyn Hyams meets British actress and producer Gemma Arterton for her new film The Escape, directed by Dominic Savage, and Walid Mattar for his Franco-Tunisian film Vent du Nord (Northern Wind). THE ESCAPE -UNE FEMME HEUREUSE The Escape (Une Femme Heureuse) reads like a short story with train-ride views instead of an illustrated page inserted before each chapter. Editing speeds up the family routine and disrupts the monotony. What is happiness and how do...


The Prayer; The International Paris documentary film festival

In this month's Cinefile, RFI's Rosslyn Hyams talks to the director of the award-winning French film, La Prière, The Prayer, Cédric Kahn. And she also speaks to Jeroen Eisinga, Dutch art documentary-film maker at the international Paris documentary film festival, Cinéma du Réel which was started 40 years ago by Jean Rouch.


Two wrongs don't make a right in the tense movie, The Insult

In this month's Cinefile, RFI's Rosslyn Hyams meets Lebanese director Ziad Doueri to talk about his tense movie, The Insult which released on 31 January in France. Miran-sha Na-yik joins in by phone from India to talk about his first feature called Juze (The Child from Goa). Ridley Scott's thriller All the Money in the World caught RFI's Tony Cross' attention this month.


Beauty and the Dogs tells not so pretty Tunisian rape tale

In this month’s Cinefile, Rosslyn Hyams' guests have both made films about feisty women characters. Tunisian director Kaouther Ben Hania's feature film Beauty and the Dogs, is about a rape case that became a national scandal in Tunisia. Meanwhile, the documentary Laetitia, by French director Julie Talon, follows a Women's Thai-Boxing champion. REVIEW The bright colour scheme in Kaouther Ben Hania's feature cloaks a dark story, but one that in real-life had a happy ending. "The former...


A unique look at war in Philippe van Leeuw's In Syria and Raoul Peck's lesser-bearded The Young Karl Marx

RFI's Rosslyn Hyams presents Cinefile. This month her special guest is director Raoul Peck whose latest film after the documentary on James Baldwin called I am not your negro is a militant feature film, The Young Karl Marx. Cinefile's September Film of the Month is Philippe van Leeuw's, war-thriller called In Syria (Une famille syrienne). REVIEW In Syria, also known as Insyriated and In Syria, is economical film shot in an apartment with only a few cautious peeks into a staircase and onto...


A meeting with 120 BPM's Robin Campillo

In this week's Cinefile, Rosslyn Hyams speaks to the star of the film 120 Battements par Minute, 120 BPM, Nahuel Perez Biscayat. French filmmaker Robin Campillo directed him, along with Arnaud Valois, in his award-winner at Cannes this year. 120 BPM is a reminder about the NGO struggle for political action to raise awareness and to speed up drug licences when the AIDS epidemic was at its peak thirty years ago. We also take a look at RFI English service's film pick of the month The Nile...


Egypt in the foreground and background In the Last Days of the City

In the Last Days of the City is an award-winning film directed by Tamer El-Said from Egypt. The movie captures the atmosphere, or as he says, “the soul” of Cairo in the period leading up to Egypt’s Arab Spring experience of 2011. RFI's Rosslyn Hyams talks to El-Said about the two-year-long shoot, recent history and colour. Laura Angela Bagnetto tells us why she loved Liza Azuelos' Dalida. REVIEW Peopled with characters and stories personally connected to Tamer el Said the director of In...


Nothingwood - a French filmmaker's take on an Afghan film star

In her documentary Nothingwood French journalist Sonia Krunland shares her fascination with Salim Shaheen, Afghanistan's very own self-made filmmaker and actor. Plus promise Before the Summer Ends and Cinefile's pick of the month. REVIEW Nothingwood entertains and informs, when it takes a look atAfghan filmy hero Salim Shaheen and his country Afghanistan has largely fallen off the headline news slot since the US pulled out most of its combat forces in 2015. Sonia Krunland's documentary...


Cannes Film Festival makes space for Andrew Steggall's Departure along with Abel Ferrara's Alive in France

In this month's Cinefile, Rosslyn Hyams talks to director Andrew Steggall about his poetic coming-of-age film Departure, and to Dounia Sichov about her dual role in the rock-music documentary Alive in France directed by Abel Ferrara films, as well as her directorial debut project. Maria-Carolina Pina from RFI's Spanish-language service reveals what appeals in a Latin American feature directed by two women from Argentina and Chile.


Welcome to Cinefile RFI English's new monthly feature

Cinefile is our new monthly cinema rendezvous, where we talk about recent releases in France and elsewhere with directors, actors, editors and our RFI film-buffs. In Cinefile in April are an African satire, a Franco-African family film and a French post-world war I drama with a tribute to African soldiers. Welcome to Gondwana (Bienvenue au Gondwana), is set in Africa today and directed by comedian Mamane, who has a regular slot on RFI in French. It's full of fun and serious jabs at African...