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L'Équipe de secours, en route pour l'aventure !

Janis Cimermanis
2019 - Latvia - 44mn
Poteriks (Pote), Silinks (Sily) and Bembelates (Bemby), the three comrades of the rescue brigade are there to serve the service of the population. Whatever your problem, they have a solution... and often an unexpected one at that. For better, and especially for worse, their services are now being deployed throughout Europe!

Born in 1950, Jānis Cimermanis trained at the Institute of Theatre, Music and Film in Leningrad. A former director at a puppet theatre, he joined Studio AB in 1983 as an animator and director. Known for Munk, Lemmy and Company (1992) and acclaimed for his style, Jānis Cimermanis has continued his work, notably with Au Temps des moissons (2003), Les Espiègles (2006) and L'Ours arrive ! (2008).
Screenings : saturday 18 - 10:15 am - CDC - Amphi jardin

Abou Leila

Amin Sidi-Boumédiène
2020 - France / Algeria - 2h10
With Slimane Benouari, Lyes Salem, Azouz Abdelkader, Fouad Megiraga, Meryem Medjkane

Algeria, 1994. S. and Lotfi, two childhood friends, are crossing the desert in search of Abu Leila, a dangerous terrorist. Their quest seems absurd in the vastness of the Sahara. But S., whose mental health is shaky, is convinced that he will find Abu Leila there. Lotfi, on the other hand, has only one idea in mind: to keep S. away from the capital. It is by going deep into the desert that they will face up to their own violence.

Amin Sidi-Boumédiène started by studying chemistry before embarking on film studies, obtaining his diploma in directing from the Conservatoire Libre du Cinéma Français de Paris. He returned to Algeria in 2008, worked as an assistant director, then directed his first short film Demain Alger? at the end of 2010, then Al Djazira in 2012 and Serial K in 2014. In 2019, he presented his first feature film Abu Leila at Critics' Week in Cannes.
Screenings : monday 20 - 8:30 pm - Grand Théâtre - presented by Amin Sidi-Boumédiène - director and Lyes Salem - comédien

Rocks

Sarah Gavron
2019 - United Kingdom - 1h33
With Bukky Bakray, Kosar Ali, D’angelou Osei Kissiedu, Shaneigha-Monik Greyson, Ruby Stokes, Tawheda Begum, Anastasia Dymitrow, Afi Okaidja, Sarah Niles

Rocks, 15, lives in London with her mother and little brother. When their mother suddenly disappears overnight, a new life is organised with the help of her best friends. Rocks will have to do everything she can to escape from social services.

Sarah Gavron is a British director and producer. She holds a Master's degree in film studies from the Edinburgh College of Art and has directed the documentary Village at the End of the World and the feature films This Little Life, Brick Lane and Suffragette.
Screenings : tuesday 21 - 8:30 pm - Grand Théâtre - presented by Sarah Gavron - réalisatrice

Fais ton cinéma

Francine Filatriau
2019 - France - 52mn
The day he starts secondary school at the Collège Costa-Gavras, a year 7 pupil discovers that he has an hour-long cinema period in his timetable. When he gets there he finds his technology teacher, his Spanish teacher, his maths teacher or his history teacher who teach him very seriously, that until year 10 he will be able to make his own films.

Francine Filatriau is a director and cinematographer. She graduated from La Fémis, and has worked with directors such as Philippe Kaufmann, Patrice Chéreau, Bertrand Blier, Ron Howard, Claire Denis, Tim Burton… Her experience and curiosity enabled her to bring her very singular point of view to the cinema classes at the Collège Costa-Gavras in Le Mans.
Screenings : wednesday 22 - 5:00 pm - CDC - Amphi jardin - presented and followed by a debate with Francine Filatriau - la réalisatrice - les producers and les protagonistes du film

How To Be a Good Wife

Martin Provost
2019 - France / Belgium - 1h48
With Juliette Binoche, Yolande Moreau, Noémie Lvovsky, Edouard Baer, François Berléand, Pauline Briand, Lily Taïeb, Anamaria Vartolomei, Marie Zabukovec

Paulette Van Der Beck and her husband have been running the housekeeping school of Bitche in Alsace for many years. Their mission is to train teenage girls to become the perfect housewives at a time when women were expected to be subservient to their husband.

After secondary school, Martin Provost moved to Paris to become an actor. He acted on stage and appeared on screen in Nea (A Young Emmanuelle) by Nelly Kaplan, and La Zizanie (The Discord) by Claude Zidi among others. In the 1980s, he directed one of his plays, Le Voyage immobile, before joining the Comédie-Française. In 1997, he moved on to directing with Tortilla y cinema (Tortilla and Cinema). In 2002, he wrote and directed Le Ventre de Juliette and, five years later, Séraphine, which won seven Césars. After Où va la nuit (The Long Falling) in 2011, he returned to the big screen with Violette, a biopic on the writer Violette Leduc.
Screenings : wednesday 22 - 9:45 pm - Centre de congrèsrium - presented by Martin Provost - director and Juliandte Binoche

Petit pays

Éric Barbier
2019 - France - 1h50
With Jean-Paul Rouve, Djibril Vancoppenolle, Dayla De Medina

In 1992, ten-year-old Gabriel is living in Burundi with his French businessman father, his Rwandan mother and his little sister, Ana, in a comfortable expatriate neighbourhood. Gabriel spends most of his time messing around with his happy group of friends. A peaceful daily life, a gentle childhood that will dissolve at the same time as this “little country” of Africa brutally torn apart by History. Gabriel watches with concern as his parents separate, as civil war looms, followed by the drama in Rwanda. The whole neighbourhood is shaken up. Waves of violence run through it, seeping in everywhere, and everything is turned upside down. Gabriel thought he was just a child, but he will discover he is half-Tutsi, half-French…

A graduate of IDHEC, Éric Barbier's first feature film, Le Brasier, won the Jean-Vigo Award. He then directed Toreros, Le Serpent (The Serpent) with Yvan Attal and Pierre Richard, Le Dernier Diamant (The Last Diamond) with Bérénice Bejo, and La Promesse de l'aube (Promise at Dawn) with Charlotte Gainsbourg and Pierre Niney.
Screenings : thursday 23 - 8:30 pm - Grand Théâtre - presented and followed by a debate with Éric Barbier - director

Litigante

Franco Lolli
2019 - France / Colombia - 1h35
With Carolina Sanín, Leticia Gómez et Antonio Martínez

Between raising her young son, taking care of her ill-tempered, cancer-battling mother, navigating her career as a top-level lawyer dealing with a major corruption scandal, Silvia could very well be on the verge of a nervous breakdown. And what if the answer to all this was simply... love?

Colombian director, screenwriter and producer, Franco Lolli graduated from the prestigious cinema school of La Fémis. He directed short films like Como todo el mundo, Grand Jury Prize at Premiers Plans and Rodri, also selected at Angers. His first feature, Gente de bien, was presented in Critics' Week in 2014. The script was read at Angers in 2013 and selected in competition the following year. His second feature film Litigante opened this year's edition of the Critics' Week.
Screenings : friday 24 - 5:00 pm - Grand Théâtre - presented by Franco Lolli - director

Autonomes

François Bégaudeau
2020 - France - 1h52
Here and there, under the radar of general representation, people, sometimes alone, sometimes together, cultivate lifestyles, production, thought, belief, care, in a relative break with conventionally accepted ways. Autonomous stands stands alongside these, in and around Mayenne.
“In a world where the discourse of those who govern society no longer create an illusion in the face of reality, it is good to hug each other. Reclaim your body, recover your time. Care about meaning. Consider the stepping to one side. Without moralising or preaching, Autonomous helps us in this dream, offers an opportunity to think about our reality so as to reintegrate back into reality.” (Olivier Bénazet, November 2019)


Born in Vendée in 1971, François Begaudeau is a writer, playwright, and film and book critic.
Screenings : friday 24 - 8:30 pm - Grand Théâtre - presented by François Bégaudeau - director // Pour aller plus loin - une rencontre suivie d'une séance de signature avec François Bégaudeau est proposée le lendemain à 9h30 au Centre de Congrès