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Ifas - 13/11/2019

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European Film Festival

29 November – 8 December 2019 | Johannesburg, Pretoria, Cape Town

The European Film Festival celebrates its 6th edition in South Africa. The festival runs from 29 November until 8 December and will be held simultaneously at Cinema Nouveau theatres in Johannesburg, Pretoria and Cape Town. The carefully curated festival is packed with Oscar-nominated and multi-award-winning films from twelve countries including Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom. The festival will open with the French film Les Misérables, winner of the 2019 Cannes Jury Award.
Hosted by Ster-Kinekor, and organised in partnership with the European Union and European cultural agencies or embassies in South Africa.

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Reality Check Exhibition - Accused #2: Walter Sisulu 

23 November 2019 – 31 March 2020 | Apartheid Museum | Johannesburg

The French Institute of South Africa is pleased to announce its participation in the Reality Check Exhibition on Walter Sisulu at the Apartheid Museum. Gathering for the very first time public and private sources of documentation, the exhibition presents the life and achievements of Walter Sisulu, putting this exceptional and insufficiently known figure into light and giving a view on a life that intersects the great history of the 20th century. The virtual reality documentary "Accused #2: Walter Sisulu" by Nicolas Champeaux and Gilles Porte, based on the audio recordings of the Rivonia trial, is the centrepiece of this exhibition. Through VR headsets, the viewers will be totally immersed in the events thanks to the recordings of the trial which have been converted into spatialized sound by NARSSA and the National Audiovisual Institute of France (INA). The brilliant cartoons of the artist Oerd Van Cuijlenborg will take the viewer right into the epicentre of the hearings.
In partnership with the Apartheid Museum, the General de Production, and the French Institute in Paris. 

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Performing Arts

Diagonale Ascendante by Retouramont @ Infecting the City 

22 & 23 November 2019 | Cape Town

Infecting the City is a public arts event that transforms Cape Town’s communal spaces into spectacular entertainment venues, reimagining transport and shopping hubs, squares, gardens & public walkways as stages showcasing an array of art forms. The French Institute of South Africa has invited Retouramont dance company to present their performance, Diagonale Ascendante, at the festival. A pioneer in vertical dance, Retouramont is recognised by the profession as a reference in the art. The dancers will move into a chase game that goes from the wall to the void, from the elastic to the rope, in a three-dimensional space. They will be performing at the corner of Long and Dorp Streets on Friday 22 November at 12pm and on Saturday 23 November at 11am.

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> About Retouramont dance company

Digital exhibition

Reading in Digital

New interactive literary experiences
1 – 30 November | Dibuka Multimedia Library | Johannesburg

The Reading in Digital exhibition has started its second focus dedicated to digital creation for the youth, with the aim of showing to parents and children the creative use of digital devices. The exhibition showcases various children application, such as Oh!, a fun drawing app, Léon, an urban interactive tale inspired by gamebooks, and Nutcracker, a hands-on musical experience at the heart of works by Tchaikovsky and Alexandre Dumas.
The Reading in Digital exhibition displays new forms of literary creations through apps on tablets, computers, and illustrated books. After travelling around the world to various countries including Germany, China, Korea and Guinea, this exhibition of French apps illustrating new reading experiences is now in Johannesburg, at the Francophone Multimedia Library Dibuka, until 30 November.

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Visual Art

Last days of The Art of Comics 

19 September - 18 November 2019 | Johannesburg Art Gallery | Johannesburg

Don’t miss the chance to see The Art of Comics exhibition – a showcase of the best South African and Francophone comics – on show at the Johannesburg Art Gallery until 17 November. The exhibition is superbly curated and has been pulling in audiences since it opened six weeks ago. It looks at the fine detail, subtle nuance and rich tapestry that can be found in South African and French-speaking comics today. A collaboration between the Johannesburg Art Gallery (JAG), the Embassy of France in South Africa and the French Institute of South Africa, The Art of Comics has been curated by comics artist Ray Whitcher and JAG curator Tara Weber, as well as by French bande dessinée researcher and theorist Thierry Groensteen.
A last walkabout with the curators will be organised this Sunday, 17 November, at 11am, followed by a workshop by comics artist Mogorosi Motshumi from 12pm to 2pm, before the closing of the exhibition. 
A movie adapted from comics is being screened every Sunday at 2pm at the Bioscope, until 17 November.

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> The Bioscope


Novembre Numérique 

1 - 30 November 2019 | Tshimologong Digital Precinct | Johannesburg

Novembre Numérique is an international festival of digital cultures, organized by the Institut français and the French cultural network abroad, on all five continents. This year, the French Institute is partnering with Tshimologong Digital Precinct to create a "French Lab for Creative Industries". A series of hackathons, meetings, masterclasses and workshops aimed at a semi-professional / professional public will be organised, that will reflect on the progress of tomorrow and create bridges between different industries around a common theme: “Telling a different (Hi)story / Raconter l’histoire autrement”.

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Digital Story Time

16 November 2019 | 10.30
Dibuka @ AF Johanneburg

As part of the Reading in Digital exhibition, our story teller Lucile Novat will focus her story telling on augmented reality books. She will be reading Rain at Noon (La Pluie à Midi) by Julie Stephen Chheng, and That's My Hat! (Oh! Mon Chapeau) by Anouck Boisrobert and Louis Rigaud.  Augmented Reality is a technology enriching the real world with digital media such as animation, allowing interaction between digital device and traditional paper book. 
Open to children 3-7 y/o;  story time in both French and English
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High Life

20 November 2019 | 19.00

Dibuka Cinema Loft @ AF Johannesburg

Film by Claire Denis (2018, 1h53 min, Drama, Sci-Fi) 
Deep space outside the solar system. Monte and his daughter Willow live together aboard a spacecraft, in complete isolation. They were members of a crew of prisoners - death row inmates. Guinea pigs sent on a mission. Now only Monte and Willow remain. Through his daughter, he experiences the birth of an all-powerful love. Together, father and daughter approach their destination - the black hole in which time and space cease to exist.
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