New Caledonia Short Film Festival comes to 7 Australian cities

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Just ahead of New Caledonia Citizenship Day on the 24 September, seven Australian cities will present the New Caledonia Short Film Festival 2023. Depending on the city, up to 5 short films from New Caledonian directors will be presented. To fill you in on everything you need to know about the New Caledonia Short Film Festival, read on.

New Caledonia Short Film Festival

The New Caledonia Short Film Festival 2023 is being brought to Australia through the New Caledonia Delegation to Australia, CREIPAC and the Alliance Françaises in Australia.

 

THE CITIES

The New Caledonia Short Film Festival 2023 will be screened in Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney and Townsville.

 

THE FESTIVAL PROGRAM

The films that comprise the New Caledonia Short Film Festival 2023 are:

  • Kanak : La Naissance d’un Guerrier from Gino Pitarch
  • Pierrot Lenquette from Maï Le Flochmoën
  • Illusions from Manuella Ginestre
  • Les Enfants Oubliés from Jérôme Roumagne
  • Space Lovers from Xavier de Thoury (music video)

 

ABOUT THE NEW CALENDONIA SHORT FILM FESTIVAL FILMS

New Caledonia Short Film Festival - KanakEnglish Title: KANAK

French title: Kanak : La Naissance d’un Guerrier

 

Siwane, a young Kanak from New Caledonia, travels to France with a group of traditional dancers for a cultural exchange. Backstage in a Parisian theater, he grapples with the intrigued reactions to his culture.

 

 

New Caledonia Short Film Festival - Pierrot Lentquet

 

English Title: DETECTIVE PIERROT

French Title: Pierrot Lenquette

 

Detective Pierrot’s morning breakfast routine is disrupted when he reads a newspaper article revealing nickel in tap water. This unexpected news sets off a chain of events in this New Caledonian comedy.

 

 

New Caledonia Short Film Festival - Illusions

 

English & French Titles: ILLUSIONS

 

On an abandoned island, a mother raises her frustrated daughter Gaïa. Gaïa’s boredom disappears when a strange boy arrives, turning their paradise into a hellish ordeal in this New Caledonian drama-thriller.

 

 

New Caledonia Short Film Festival - My childhood bruises

 

English Title: MY CHILDHOOD BRUISES

French Title: Les enfants oubliés

 

Loan, a 12-year-old abused child, listens to his mother’s plan to escape their family’s misery. When their father discovers the plan, Loan’s mother urges him to follow it, setting the stage for a dramatic escape.

 

 

English & French Titles: SPACE LOVERS (Music Video) – ONLY SCREENED IN ADELAIDE, BRISBANE, CANBERRA

In this New Caledonian music video, two starship pilots, Dr. Goodfellow and the Daughter of the Dragon, engage in a deadly chase before succumbing to an irresistible amorous passion, transcending war and hatred in favour of love amidst sublime planetary landscapes.

 

KEY INFO FOR NEW CALEDONIA SHORT FILM FESTIVAL

WHAT: New Caledonia Short Film Festival

WHERE: Alliance Françaises in Adelaide, Canberra, Melbourne, Perth, and Sydney, QAGOMA in Brisbane, and Crystal Room at Mercure Townsville

WHEN:

Adelaide, Friday 22 September, 6:00pm to 8:30pm

Brisbane, Sunday 1 October 2023 – two sessions: Ages 12+: 1:30pm – 2:12pm, and 2:45pm – 3:29pm

Canberra Friday 22 September, 5:30pm – 8:00pm

Melbourne Thursday 28 September 6pm

Perth Friday 22 September 5:30pm

Sydney Wednesday 27 September 6:15pm – 8:30pm

Townsville, Friday 22 September, 7pm

HOW:

Adelaide – via this link 

Brisbane – Just show up – info on sessions here

Canberra – via this link

Melbourne – via this link

Perth – via this link

Sydney – ALREADY FULLY BOOKED (CALL THEM TO JOIN A WAITLIST)

Townsville

 

HOW MUCH:

Adelaide: $15 for AF Members, or $20 for Non-Members

Brisbane FREE

Canberra : $8.50 for AF Members, $01 fo non members

Melbourne FREE

Perth: FREE (but registration is compulsory)

Sydney: ALREADY FULLY BOOKED

Townsville: $10 for AF Members, $25 for guests also the opening night of the Townsville French Film Festival)

 

Have you seen any films from New Caledonia before? 

 

For more events with links to France and the Francophonie happening in Australia this month, check out our What’s on in September article.

 

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MIFF Play 2022 – 8 films in French to stream online anywhere in Australia

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You don’t have to be in Melbourne to enjoy the Melbourne International Film Festival because there’s MIFF Play 2022 where a number of films are made available to stream (for a fee) online during the festival.

MIFF Play 2022

 

FREE TO RENT: SHORT FILM: Goodbye Jérôme! Au Revoir Jérôme!

Directors: Adam Sillard, Chloé Farr, Gabrielle Selnet

Origin: France (2021)

MIFF Shorts | Short

Language: French with English subtitles

Genre: Animation

In this funny, funky and surreal hand-drawn animation, Jérôme arrives in heaven in search of his late wife. Taking inspiration from their own romantic breakups, French co-directors Gabrielle Selnet, Adam Sillard and Chloé Farr craft a surreal and bittersweetly funny hand-drawn tale about a man who arrives in the afterlife, where he re-meets his dearly departed wife. But things are not how they were. Goodbye Jérôme won the International Jury Award for Best Short Film in the Berlinale’s Generation 14Plus section.

 

Jane by Charlotte Jane par Charlotte

Director: Charlotte Gainsbourg

Origin: France (2021)

Documentaries, Music on Film | Feature

Language: French with English subtitles

Genre: Documentary, Music

Charlotte Gainsbourg makes her directorial debut with this quietly revelatory portrait of her mother, Jane Birkin, offering tender insights into their relationship.

 

Gainsbourg (Jacky in the Kingdom of Women, MIFF 2014; Melancholia, MIFF 2011) remains a darling of the contemporary arthouse circuit, while Birkin – a celebrated singer, actor and fashion icon – has herself directed a documentary about her husband Serge Gainsbourg (Souvenirs of Serge, MIFF 2012) and been the subject of a film, Agnès Varda’s Jane B. par Agnès V. (1988). Now, the younger Gainsbourg follows in Birkin’s footsteps, trailing her mother on tour from Japan to New York, and from her Brittany coastal retreat to the Paris apartment they once shared with Serge, which has lain untouched since his death in 1991.

 

Lingui, the Sacred Bonds

Director: Mahamat-Saleh Haroun

Origin: Chad (2021)

Africa & Middle East, International | Feature

Language: French with English subtitles

Genre: Drama , Social Justice

Viewer Advice: Contains high-impact violence and high-impact sexual themes.

In Chad, where religion rules with an iron fist, a teenage girl seeks to end her pregnancy.

 

Amina, a single mother in a conservative village, lives a hand-to-mouth existence with her daughter, Maria. When the 15-year-old reveals that she is pregnant and wants to have an abortion, Amina is initially caught between her Muslim faith and her desire to spare her child from enduring the experiences she herself suffered as a socially ostracised teenage mother. But if the latter is to be achieved, the funds must be raised – and Amina will have to call on the aid of a secret network of women.

 

Nelly & Nadine

Director: Magnus Gertten

Origin: Sweden (2022)

Documentaries | Feature

Language: English, French, Spanish, Swedish with English subtitles

Genre: Documentary , LGBTQIA+

Winner of the Berlinale’s Teddy Jury Award, this is the astonishing true story of two women who survived the horrors of WWII and smashed social taboos to pursue their love.

 

Nelly Mousset-Vos met Nadine Hwang on Christmas Eve 1944 in the most horrifying of places: the Nazi concentration camp for women, Ravensbrück. Instantly enamoured, the pair were later separated; after the war, they reunited and spent the rest of their lives together in Venezuela, their relationship hidden in plain sight. The truth is unearthed when Nelly’s granddaughter Sylvie finally opens a box in the attic – a treasure trove of history and a compelling personal record of bravery and romance.

 

Neptune Frost

Directors: Anisia Uzeyman, Saul Williams

Origin: Rwanda, USA (2021)

Bright Horizons | Feature

Language: English, French, Kinyarwanda, Swahili with English subtitles

Genre: Sci-Fi

A wildly ambitious, radically experimental Afrofuturist musical that transcends space, time and gender from visionary poet and musician Saul Williams.

 

Ten years in the making, this dazzlingly original, genre-defying debut from Williams and actor and playwright Anisia Uzeyman builds on the musician’s lyrical world-building and exploration of Black resistance while following in the Afrofuturist tradition of Sun Ra’s Space Is the Place and Ngozi Onwurah’s Welcome II the Terrordome. In a past, present and future Rwanda that unfolds like a dream, a young coltan miner encounters Neptune Frost, an intersex hacker who leads us down a trans-dimensional rabbit hole of post-colonial possible realities.

 

The Passengers of the Night Les passagers de la nuit

Director: Mikhäel Hers

Origin: France (2022)

Europe, International | Feature

Language: French with English subtitles

Genre: Drama

Charlotte Gainsbourg is the essence of Gallic cool in this moody, insouciant film from French dramatist Mikhaël Hers (Amanda).

 

In 1981, even as Paris explodes with optimism at the election of socialist candidate François Mitterand as president, Elisabeth (Gainsbourg, Jacky in the Kingdom of Women, MIFF 2014; Melancholia, MIFF 2011) is on the back foot: a cash-strapped, recently divorced cancer survivor who needs to provide for her two adolescent offspring. Beginning from this point of considerable conflict, Hers instead unfurls a nostalgic and quietly uplifting narrative that – following the entry of a wayward teen into the family’s lives – traces Elisabeth’s years-long journey of self-rediscovery.

 

Rewind & Play

Director: Alain Gomis

Origin: France, Germany (2022)

Documentaries, MIFF Play, Music on Film | Feature

Language: English, French with English subtitles

Genre: Documentary , Experimental , Music

Thelonious Monk broke the jazz mould. Here’s what happened when a French TV show tried to stuff him back into it.

 

On 15 December 1969, at the tail end of his European tour, legendary pianist Thelonious Monk spent two-and-a-half hours sweating on a Parisian studio stage under intense lights, filming a 30-minute episode of the French TV series Jazz Portrait. Miraculously, all the footage has survived – and now, French-Senegalese director Alain Gomis has intelligently assembled it into an uneasy, impressionistic collage that hums with postcolonial subtext.

 

Director Alain Gomis reveals Monk as a gentle man being provoked to his limits of politeness as dominating host Henri Renaud talks over and around his guest, sometimes resorting to unkind stereotype. Only when Monk is free to roam the keys does he elude the camera’s pitiless gaze and show why his talent was so special.

 

BONUS FILM: From France but not in French 

SHORT FILM: Tsutsué

Director: Amartei Armar

Origin: France, Ghana (2022)

International Shorts 1, MIFF Shorts | Short

Language: Ga with English subtitles

Genre: Drama

A moving story of two Ghanaian boys haunted by the loss of their older brother.

 

This compelling, Cannes-premiering short film from Ghanaian-American filmmaker Amartei Armar is set in a small Ghanaian town at the edge of a landfill site that spills into the ocean. A fisherman’s two sons, Sowah and Okai, are struggling to cope with the disappearance of their older brother following a boating expedition. Tsutsué is an affecting, powerful work propelled by amazing performances from its young leads.

 

We, Students! Nous, étudiants!

Director: Rafiki Fariala

Origin: Congo, France (2022)

Documentaries | Feature

Language: Sango, and French with English subtitles

Genre: Documentary

Viewer Advice: Contains depictions of violence towards animals and themes of sexual violence.

An extremely rare look at university life in the Central African Republic as four students are thrown personal and emotional curveballs on their path to a better future.

 

Nestor, Aaron and Benjamin and Rafiki (the film’s director) are friends and students at the CAR’s University of Bangui. They’re trying their hardest to survive in a society that is seemingly tearing itself apart at the seams: around every corner lurk danger, corruption and sexual harassment, which they must navigate along with overcrowded classrooms, romantic entanglements, and worries about money and employment. But through it all shines their hope that, one day, they can set things right.

 

We, Students! is the first film from the Central African Republic to screen at the Berlinale, and only the second ever piece of cinema produced in the landlocked country. Amid unrest and economic turmoil across the nation – where cameras are unfamiliar sights (Rafiki was arrested three times during production) – it’s a miracle that this film exists at all.

 

KEY INFO FOR MIFF PLAY 2022

WHAT: MIFF Play 2022

WHERE: Wherever you are

WHEN: Films on MIFF Play 2022 are available to rent and stream from Friday 12 August, 2022 at 9:00 AM through to Sunday 28 August 2022 at 11:59PM AEST. As soon as you press play on the majority of films, you will have thirty-six (36) hours to complete your viewing. Please note: some films have limited and specific viewing windows, please check the film’s program page for more info.

HOW: Purchase your rental access via the film links above.

HOW MUCH: Feature films cost $15 to rent on MIFF Play 2022.

 

Which films are you going to watch on MIFF Play 2022? 

 

OTHER MIFF CONTENT

No dogs or Italians allowed is showing at MIFF 2022

MIFF 2022 – 18 multilingual films to see

Melbourne International Film Festival 2022: 25 Films in French

 

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