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Général (déconseillé aux jeunes enfants)
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Papicha (STA)
Recommended age: 14 and +

Algeria, the 1990s civil war, violent fundamentalists limit women’s freedom. Nedjma (charismatic Lyna Khoudri), in year 3 of French studies in college, is obsessed with fashion designing. Everyday life soon becomes more restrictive and even life-threatening, yet Nedjma and her best friend still find ways to sneak-out of their locked dormitory at night and sell handmade dresses in discotheque washrooms. Many of Nedjma’s contemporaries have emigrated, but Nedjma refuses to leave her beloved Algeria. Why not assert female pride and independence by organizing a fashion show, outfoxing the radicals?

Inspired by real events, first-time director-co-screenwriter Mounia Meddour spins a harrowing tale bursting with energy.
Mounia Meddour
Special event
Post-screening discussion
31 January 2020  19:15
Original multilingual version subtitled in English and French
En attente de classement
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De la musique pour le cerveau (STF-STA)
The healing powers of music on the brain deserve to be recognized and above all heard. Tuning the Brain with Music allows us to discover cutting-edge research in musical neuroscience through the stories of people for whom music has succeeded where other therapies have not. The film alternates between neuroscientific research, music therapists in session and true stories retold by those who have been transformed by music.
Isabelle Raynauld
 
Nin E Tepueian - Mon cri (STF)
Preceded by the short film MA FIERTÉ (3 min 54) by Kassandra Vollant, as part of Plein(s) Écran(s) en salle

NIN E TEPUEIAN - MY CRY tracks the journey of Innu poet, actress and activist, Natasha Kanapé Fontaine, at a pivotal time in her career as a committed artist.
Santiago Bertolino's camera follows a young Innu poet over the course of a year. A voice rises, inspiration builds; another star finds its place amongst the constellation of contemporary Indigenous literature. A voice of prominent magnitude illuminates the road towards healing and renewal: Natasha Kanapé Fontaine.
Santiago Bertolino
 
The Swallows of Kabul (STA)
14 years old and up

Late 1990s. The 1000 year-old city of Kabul, capital of Afghanistan, lies in smoking ruins, occupied by the Taliban. Fear grips the residents as armed zealots roam – the University is destroyed, women are violated in the street, public executions precede soccer matches in the stadium and atrocities rule. In the midst of this daily violence and misery where joy and laughter are suspect, Mohsen and Zunaira, married and in love, dream of freedom. But their life is about to change forever... First-time co-directors Zabou Breitman and Eléa Gobbé-Mévellec succeed in adapting Yasmina Khadra’s excellent best-selling novel into a dazzling and prize-winning animation feature film.
Zabou Breitman, Eléa Gobbé-Mévellec
 
Original multilingual version subtitled in French
13 ans + (érotisme)
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Synonymes (STF)
Winner of the Golden Bear at Berlinale, the latest from Nadav Lapid (The Kindergarten Teacher) features a dynamic lead performance from newcomer Tom Mercier, whose feral intensity practically bursts out of the frame. Mercier plays Yoav, a disaffected young Israeli who flees Tel Aviv for Paris to start a new life. Desperate to erase his origins, Yoav sees becoming French as his only hope for salvation. Step one is to replace his language. From now on, he will not utter a single word of Hebrew and his dictionary becomes his constant companion. His work at the Israeli embassy is a burden, but studying for his naturalization test also has its pitfalls. And the young French couple he befriends has some rather strange ideas about how to help him. Based on writer-director Nadav Lapid's own experiences, Synonyms explores the challenges of putting down roots in a new place. Yoav's attempts to find himself awaken past demons and open up an existential abyss in this tragicomic puzzle that wisely knows how to keep its secrets.
Nadav Lapid
 
Original multilingual version subtitled in English
13 ans + (érotisme)
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Synonyms (STA)
Winner of the Golden Bear at Berlinale, the latest from Nadav Lapid (The Kindergarten Teacher) features a dynamic lead performance from newcomer Tom Mercier, whose feral intensity practically bursts out of the frame. Mercier plays Yoav, a disaffected young Israeli who flees Tel Aviv for Paris to start a new life. Desperate to erase his origins, Yoav sees becoming French as his only hope for salvation. Step one is to replace his language. From now on, he will not utter a single word of Hebrew and his dictionary becomes his constant companion. His work at the Israeli embassy is a burden, but studying for his naturalization test also has its pitfalls. And the young French couple he befriends has some rather strange ideas about how to help him. Based on writer-director Nadav Lapid's own experiences, Synonyms explores the challenges of putting down roots in a new place. Yoav's attempts to find himself awaken past demons and open up an existential abyss in this tragicomic puzzle that wisely knows how to keep its secrets.
Nadav Lapid
 
La vie invisible d\'Euridice Gusmao (STF)
Rio de Janeiro in the 1950s. Eurídice and Guida have been raised in a conservative household. One night after a clandestine outing with her lover, Guida fails to return, leaving behind only a letter. With their destinies now at odds, the sisters do everything in their power to find each other. Adapting Martha Batalha’s eponymous novel with great sensitivity and impressive narrative force, Karim Aïnouz (Madame Satã) scooped the Un Certain Regard prize at this year’s Cannes. A wrenching epic about two women, elevated by stunning performances from its two leads, Carol Duarte and Julia Stockler, and borne by the power of an unbreakable bond.
Karim Aïnouz
 
The Invisible Life of Euridice Gusmao (STA)
Rio de Janeiro in the 1950s. Eurídice and Guida have been raised in a conservative household. One night after a clandestine outing with her lover, Guida fails to return, leaving behind only a letter. With their destinies now at odds, the sisters do everything in their power to find each other. Adapting Martha Batalha’s eponymous novel with great sensitivity and impressive narrative force, Karim Aïnouz (Madame Satã) scooped the Un Certain Regard prize at this year’s Cannes. A wrenching epic about two women, elevated by stunning performances from its two leads, Carol Duarte and Julia Stockler, and borne by the power of an unbreakable bond.
Karim Aïnouz

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