In Chisinau was opened the French film festival, which takes place in the framework of international Days of Francophonie, which is celebrated annually in late March by the member countries of the Francophonie. The program of the festival includes 11 films that were awarded at prestigious international competitions.
Speaking at the opening of the festival, the French Ambassador to Moldova Pascal Le Danff stressed the popularity of this event.
Pascal Le Danff: “French film Festival — part of the extensive program, which takes place in March on the territory of Moldova. In these days we are celebrating Francophonie, diversity and multilingualism. Every year this festival is becoming more popular, it is very popular in Chisinau. Almost everyone I talk, tell me about this festival. This year we have a very rich selection of cinema, there is even a movie of Franco-Russian production. Part of the film will be shown outside of Chisinau, in the Moldovan regions and, starting this week, Tiraspol”.
In Transnistria on March 29 will take place the premiere of the film “Pauline” and “the boys”. Among the films included in the festival program, the film “Custody”, “Ecstasy”, “Passion and loyalty”, “the Ghosts of Ishmael” and the cartoon “the Picture”. Deputy Director of the French Alliance in Moldova Adrian Cibotaru told RFI that the Moldovan viewers have never seen them on the big screen.
Adrian Cibotaru: “All 11 films of the festival this year had never appeared in Moldova, on TV they also almost never showed. Most of the films are new, 2017-2018, they participated either in Berlin, Cannes festivals, or in the Venice film festival”.
Entrance to all screenings of the festival is free. The gathered audience was told why the week of French cinema special for them.
Larissa: “French film Festival — it is a wide open window in France, in Europe, is a window into quality cinema. Don’t always have time, but I’m glad I came.”
Jan: “I like the state that convey French films. I don’t speak French, spent my life studying English, but I really like the sound of this language. For the second year I attend the French film festival and this year I plan to watch all the films in the festival.”
The festival opened with the film-drama “goodbye up there”, filmed on the novel by Pierre Lemaitre, who received the Goncourt prize 2013. This is the story of Edouard Perico, son of the billionaire who in the last days of the First world war is seriously wounded. His face is disfigured, he refuses to return to the father. Edouard is an artist, hiding his face under the mask, he begins to paint pictures about the war.
Viewing of the film ended with applause. After painting a young student at Carolina with RFI shared their experiences.
Carolina: “I’m impressed, watching the Days of the Francophonie for several years. It is also a chance to hear the original French. When I taught him in school, he sounded different. French cinema for me is something special. If it’s a drama, there is a clear drama. If we’re talking about Comedy, then the humor is off the charts. The room was difficult to find empty seats, so this festival is popular in Moldova.”
Another viewer, Alexander, said he plans to see as many pictures of the festival and have taken time on it.
Alexander: “In principle, despite the fact that now access to movies everyone has, nevertheless, when it is organized with such a wide scope, nice to be in this atmosphere. It’s one thing when you’re at home watching a movie, quite another to be around people with the same interest, setting charges”.
Moldova is an annual celebration of the Days of Francophonie since 1997, when the country became part of the International organization of La Francophonie, which unites 58 countries of the world and 26 countries-observers.
Coincidentally, in the period of the Francophonie Days in Chisinau Champions world soccer — France squad to play 22 March, the Moldovan national team in the qualifying match of Euro 2020.
The national team of Moldova lost the French team with the score 1:4. The only goal of the French team in the 89th minute of the match scored by striker Moldovan national team Vladimir ambroz.
The day before the match his 28th birthday in Chisinau said France striker Antoine Griezmann. A small celebration was held at the hotel where he was staying, the French national team. The birthday boy gave a white cake with the logo of the French team.