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IFAS News & Events 31/07/2019

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Les Misérables by Ladj Ly won awards
at the Durban International Film Festival


Les Misérables, directed by Ladj Ly, has won Best Feature Film and Best Screenplay Awards at the 40th Durban International Film Festival. Described by the jury as "a searing portrait of modern France which takes on issues of police brutality, racial tension, and of generations who keep repeating the same mistakes", according to Variety, the film also received the Jury Prize in Cannes earlier this year.
Les Misérables is the debut feature film from director Ladj Ly. Commenting on winning the Best Feature Film prize, he said, “It is a very special award for us as it is the first award for Les Misérables to come from Africa. I would like to thank my producers Toufik Ayadi, Christophe Barall; our incredible actors and our entire team for their commitment to Les Misérables and for contributing to the creation of a film that highlights the challenges faced by immigrants and marginalized communities."

The film will be showing in South African cinemas soon.


Call For Application for the Cité Internationale des Arts

Until 23 August 2019 | Cité Internationale des Arts | Paris, France

The Institut Français, in collaboration with the French Institute of South Africa (IFAS) is launching the 2020 call for applications for the residency programme at the Cité Internationale des arts in Paris. This programme is intended for artists living and working in South Africa, wishing to develop a research and creation project in Paris, as well as their network, for a period of three or six months. 
The Cité encourages cross-cultural dialogue and provides a place where artists can meet with their public and other professionals. The Cité welcomes more than 300 artists from a wide range of disciplines for residencies every month, in partnership with 135 French and international organisation.  

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Performing Arts

Lumière ! So Jazz, by Carré Blanc Cie

22 August 2019 | Baxter Theatre | Cradle of Creativity | Cape Town

Carré Blanc Dance Compagnie is bringing the performance Lumière ! So jazz, an exciting dance piece created specifically for toddlers and very young audiences, to the Cradle of Creativity. With the intertwining of dance, music, singing and body percussions, this performance is a new approach to jazz for young audiences, engaging all the senses in a fun and original way.
The Cradle of Creativity is a feast of Theatre for Young Audiences, organised by ASSITEJ South Africa, showcasing over 30 performances of theatre, music, dance, and puppetry from all over the world. It also provide stimulating and exciting experiences to engage with the arts for artists, teachers, researchers and most importantly, children and young people of all ages.
Also don't miss the return of the beautiful dance piece Chiffonnade, brought by Carré Blanc company and performed by the talented Lulu Mlangeni.

Carré Blanc Cie
Cradle of Creativity


#MOI, choreographed by Gaby Saranouffi

1 August 2019 | Artscape Theatre | Dance Umbrella Africa Fringe Cape Town


After the success of #MOI at Dance Umbrella Africa at the State Theatre, and at MyBodyMySpace Festival, Gaby Saranouffi will perform this powerful piece at Dance Umbrella Africa Fringe Cape Town. #MOI was created to fight against violence towards women and children, and the choreography was inspired by an ancient ancestral system from Madagascar that reveals the questions of morals and values.
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Story Time

3 August 2019 | 10.30
Dibuka @ AF Johanneburg

Don't miss our free story time at Dibuka! With the theme "Life as a musical", our new story teller Lucile Novat will be reading Arthur's Dream Boat (Le Bateau de mes Rêves), by Polly Dunbar, and The Bremen Town Musicians (Les Musiciens de Brême), by the Brothers Grimm, adapted by Fanny Dreyer.
Open to children 3-7 y/o;  story time in both French and English
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Grand Central

7 August 2019 | 19.00

Dibuka Cinema Loft @ AF Johannesburg

by Rebecca Zlotowski (2013, 1h34 min, Drama, Romance)
Gary, an unskilled young man, lands a job as a decontamination sub-contractor at a nuclear power plant in the lower valley of the Rhône. Inducted into the workforce by supervisor Gilles and veteran Toni, Gary discovers that radiation contamination is not just a risk factor but an everyday hazard. At the same time, he begins an illicit affair with Karole, the fiancée of Toni.
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