French cinéma at Durban Film Festival

The 34th edition of the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) will showcase the best of South African and international cinema, with over 160 films screened in 11 venues across the city from 18 to 28 July. One of the highlights will be The Past (Le Passé), a French production from Iranian director Asghar Farhadi, with French actress Béatrice Béjo, who won the best actress award at Cannes 2013 for her role in the film. Another French film featured in the DIFF program is Rust and Bone, with Marion Cotillard. The film will be premiered during the festival ahead of its nationwide release on 6 September. The short film section features Listen to your weeping heart (Ecoute s'il pleut) from French director Clary Demangeon.


Another French presence at DIFF will be a special screening of African short films sponsored by CFI -Canal France International- as part of the "Haraka!" project launched in Durban last year. Haraka ("quick" in Swahili language) is a platform for developing young African talents. 11 projects were granted 10, 000 euros each and 5 of the produced films will be screened on 22 July at DIFF. 3 of the directors will be present, from Burkina Faso, Mauritius and Tanzania.

 Also, for the second year, French broadcaster ARTE returns to award a cash prize to the best fiction project as part of the Durban Film Mart.

As part of EUNIC -European Union National Institutes for Culture-, IFAS is one of the sponsors of the European films selection at DIFF, "Contemporary Europe", together with the EU delegation in South Africa.