French film Les Misérables to premiere at the European Film Festival

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The French Institute of South Africa is pleased to announce that Les Misérables, which won the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, will be opening the European Film Festival on Friday 29 November. The film won Best International Feature Film at the Durban International Film Festival in July. Inspired by the Paris riots of 2005, witnessed first-hand by director Ladj Ly, Les Misérables revolves around three members of an anti-crime brigade who are overrun while trying to make an arrest. It has been selected for the Best International Feature Film at the 92nd Academy Awards in 2020.

French actors Almamy Kanoute and Didier Ngonzin Zonga, as well as producer Toufik Ayadi will be attending the premiere in Johannesburg and a screening in Cape Town. The actors will participate in two masterclasses in Johannesburg and Cape Town to discuss the making of the film and engage with students about the filmmaking process (see programme below).

Les Misérables will also be playing in the Cinema Nouveau theatres in Johannesburg on 8 December; in Pretoria on 30 November and 7 December, and in Cape Town on 1 and 2 December.


The European Film Festival




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.

Festival director and curator Peter Rorvik points out that "a central thread within all the films is the search for a sense of self and meaning in a world where things often fall apart around us, where systems break down, where that search becomes an imperative lifeline."

France's Ambassador to South Africa, Aurélien Lechevallier, said he was proud to contribute to the European Film Festival. "This year's selection is particularly inspiring, with high quality award-winning films that showcase the diversity and creativity of the European film industry" the Ambassador said. "We are also very happy to open the Festival with Les Misérables, with two actors from the film who will be presenting it. Les Misérables is a powerful movie tackling the contemporary issues of our time, and we hope you all will enjoy it!"

The European Film Festival 2019 is a partnership project of the European Union's Delegation to South Africa and twelve European Member State cultural agencies or embassies based in the country. They are: the General Representation of the Government of Flanders, the French Institute in South Africa, the Goethe-Institut, the Italian Cultural Institute, the British Council, and the Embassies of Austria, Belgium, Ireland, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, and Sweden. The project is organised in cooperation with Ster-Kinekor Cinema Nouveau and Cineuropa and is coordinated by Creative WorkZone.


Masterclass Programme

Actors Almamy Kanoute and Didier Ngonzin Zonga of the Cannes Jury Prize winner Les Misérables will participate in two masterclasses to discuss the making of the film and engage the audience about filmmaking processes in general.

Saturday, 30 November
Time: 11.00 to 14.00
Venue: Cinema Nouveau
Rosebank Mall, 50 Bath Street, Rosebank
Contact: Vuyiswa Tshangela, Tel: 011 717 9237, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
This workshop includes a screening of the film. Attendance is free but advance registration is
essential to book your place.

Monday, 2 December
Time: 13.00 to 15.00
Venue: Cape Investor Centre
46 St. Georges Mall, Cape Sun Corner, Cape Town
Contact: Creative WorkZone, Tel: 078 5004 488, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Free and open to filmmakers and public.



> Date: From Friday 29 November to Sunday 8 December 2019
> Venue: Cinema Nouveau theatres of Johannesburg, Pretoria and Cape Town
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The French Institute of South Africa (IFAS)
Mylene Loubiere, Communications Officer
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