BONJOUR CINEMA - FILM FESTIVAL OF THE FRENCH SPEAKING COUNTRIES
BONJOUR CINEMA! is a joint cultural event organized by the Consulate of Belgium, the High Commission of Canada, the Embassy of France, the Embassy of Romania, the Embassy of Switzerland, in association with the Sri Lanka Tourist Board and media sponsors MTV-MBC Networks and in partnership with the BMICH and TransAsia.
The aim of this annual event is to offer to the Sri Lankan public a collection of films that represent the richness and the diversity of the cinema industries of the French speaking countries represented in Sri Lanka. This festival is also aiming to create a platform to exchange knowledge and a place for dialogue on cinematographic topics between professionals and movie-goers in Sri Lanka.
Nine films with English subtitles will be screened daily:
Les Invasions Barbares - Denys Arcand - 2003 (Canada),
Bon Cop Bad Cop - Eric Canuel - 2006 (Canada),
The paper will be blue - Radu Muntean (Romania),
4 mois, 3 semaines & 2 jours - Cristian Mungiu - 2007 (Romania)
Ultranova - Bouli Lanners - 2005 (Belgium),
Mon frère se marie - Jean Stephane Bron - 2006 (Suisse)
Le jour se lève - Marcel Carné - 1939 (France)
La cérémonie - Claude Chabrol -1994 (France)
Se souvenir des belles choses - Zabou Breitman. -2001 (France)
Film Critic - 4 days
With the aim of introducing new techniques in film criticism and to create a platform to have a dialogue among participants, Jean Philippe Tessé a French critic from Cahiers du Cinema will conduct a workshop on film criticism on 10th, 11th, 12th and 13th of March. This workshop will give the opportunity to the srilankan journalists, specialized in cinema, and to the students to widen their knowledge and to exchange about some movies that will be screened during the festival Bonjour Cinema!
Cahiers du cinéma is an influential French film magazine founded in 1951 by André Bazin, Jacques Doniol-Valcroze and Joseph-Marie Lo Duca. It developed from the earlier magazine Revue du Cinéma (Rieview of the Cinema) involving members of two Paris film clubs : Objectif 49 (Objective 49) and Ciné Club du Quartier Latin (Cinéma Club of the Latin Quartier). Initially edited by Eric Rohmer, it included amongst Jacques Rivette, Jean-Luc Godard, Claude Chabrol and François Truffaut.
Documentary film making - 2 days
Last year the special focus of the Bonjour Cinema festival was short films, this year we propose to the sri lankan film makers to work on another cinematographic genre : a 2 days workshop on documentary film making. A specialized French documentary film maker, Isabelle Marina will lead this workshop on the 14th and 15th March at the BMICH.