DiverCiné coming to Vancouver in March

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La Francophonie’s DiverCiné will be returning to The Cinematheque late March. DiverCiné is a “world cinema” series of acclaimed and award-winning French-language features from Africa, Asia, Europe, and Canada.”

DiverCiné is an “annual cooperation” between Canada’s Embassy of France and the Canadian Heritage/Patrimoine canadien. The festival will celebrate the international French-speaking world’s cultures, identities, and imaginings through cinema.

The DiverCiné film festival will run March 28 to 31, and again on April 2, at The Cinematheque (1131 Howe Street).

DiverCiné Film Descriptions

Longwave (2013)

“Two mismatched Swiss radio reporters chance upon Portugal’s 1974 revolution in this charming, cinema-savvy screwball comedy from director Lionel Baier.”

Longwave‘s screening will be on Friday, March 28 at 6:30 p.m.

Rock the Casbah (2013)

“A grieving upper-class Tangiers family is thrown into turmoil when the death of the family patriarch (Omar Sharif) prompts the surprise return of a wayward, rebellious daughter. Moroccan director Laïla Marrakchi’s engaging drama explores the role of women in a culture torn between Muslim tradition and Western influences.”

Rock the Casbah‘s screening will be on Friday, March 28 at 8:15 p.m.

9 Month Stretch (2013)

“An uptight French judge finds herself pregnant – but doesn’t even remember having sex – in comedian-actor-director Albert Dupontel’s highly-stylized farce starring Sandrine Kiberlain, with cameos from Terry Gilliam and Jean Dujardin.”

9 Month Stretch‘s screening will be on Saturday, March 29 at 6:30 p.m.

Domestic (2013)

“The lives of children, adults, and animals come together with chaotic and humorous results in this surreal series of tragicomic vignettes from Romanian director Adrian Sitaru.”

Domestic‘s screening will be on Saturday, March 29 at 8:15 p.m.

The Fairy (2011)

“This all-ages good-hearted comic tale is set in gloomy Le Havre, where a hotel night clerk becomes smitten with the beautiful fairy who offers to make his three wishes come true. When she disappears after granting only two, he sets out to find her. Rated PG.”

The Fairy‘s screening will be on Sunday, March 30 at 6 p.m. *This film is rated PG – all ages are welcome.

Three Kids (2012)

“Three 12-year-old boys, residents of a Port-au-Prince orphanage, dream of freedom. When the 2010 Haiti earthquake devastates the city, their wish is granted, but they must cope with surviving in the aftermath of a terrible catastrophe. African-Belgian filmmaker Jonas d’Adesky was inspired to make his debut feature while volunteering in Haiti. Rated 14A.”

Three Kids‘ screening will be on Sunday, March 30 at 7:50 p.m. *Though this film is rated 14A, all ages are welcome.

The Missing Picture (2013)

Rithy Panh’s Oscar-nominated documentary uses clay figurines and rare archival footage to create the missing pictures of what does not exist in photograph or film – the period when the Khmer Rouge ruled over Cambodia between 1975 and 1979.”

The Missing Picture‘s screening will be on Monday, March 31 at 7:50 p.m; and again on Wednesday, April 2 at 8:40 p.m.

The Auction (2013)

“Sébastien Pilote’s honest portrait of a family in the midst of change in economically depressed rural Quebec stars Gabriel Arcand as a stoic sheep farmer who is faced sacrificing his farm to help his eldest daughter.”

The Auction‘s screening will be on Monday, March 31 at 8:15 p.m; and again on Wednesday, April 2 at 6:30 p.m.

***All films except The Fairy and the Three Kids are restricted to persons 18+.

Film rates are:

  • $11 for adults;
  • $9 for seniors and students;
  • $14 for an adult double bill; and,
  • $12 for a senior/student double bill

***A $3 annual membership is required.

For more information, visit DiverCiné’s website, or contact the 24-hour film info line at 604-688-3456 (FILM).

Feature image credit: DiverCiné’s website

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