francOfilm 2016 | 4 to 6 March | francophone film festival

francOfilm festival 2016

6th edition of the francophone film festival in Dubai & Abu Dhabi

For the 6th year in a row, French Embassy in the UAE and Alliance Française Dubai with the support of Dubai International Film Festival hold 'francOfilm festival' at VOX Cinemas in Dubai Mall of Emirates and Abu Dhabi Marina Mall.

This festival of films from francophone countries celebrates French language international day and offers a selection of great films from France, Canada, Luxembourg, Mauritania, Belgium and Switzerland as part of 'March is Francophone' organized by Institut Français and the French Embassy in the United Arab Emirates.

The 6th edition of the “francOfilm festival” will showcase selected short films by Emirati filmmakers selected previously at DIFF 2015 and will take part in the campaign and the creative France campaign.

The festival will close with academy award winning actor Omar Sy in recently released in France ”Chocolat”, a biopic movie that follows the life of the first black clown in the circus world in France.

Ticket price : AED 30 available on from February 23rd.


Friday, March 4th 3pm - Birds of passage / Les Oiseaux de passage (84min) - Belgique

Friday, March 4th 5pm - The passion of Augustine /La passion d’augustine (103min) - Canada

Friday, March 4th 7pm - Timbuktu (97 min) - Mauritania

Saturday, March 5th 3pm - Aunt Hilda/ Tante Hilda (89min) - Luxembourg

Saturday, March 5th 5pm : Sister/ L’enfant d’en haut (97 min) - Suisse

Saturday, March 5th 7pm :  Chocolat (110 min) - France

Sunday, March 6th, 9.30am  school screenings only  THE LITTLE PRINCE (108 min) - France

All movies with English subtitles. 'Chocolat' has Arabic subtitles too.

Synopsis of the long feature films



Directed by Lea Pool

With Valérie Blais, Céline Bonnier

 Taking place in rural Québec, The Passion of Augustine is an unpredictable film about a nun with a passion for teaching music. It’s the 1960s and rebellion smolders and change is in the air. This is the “Quiet Revolution,” a period of socio-political and cultural change characterized by the act of secularizing education away from the Roman Catholic Church. Mother Augustine is the principle of a small convent music school that is known for producing prize-winning musicians, yet they must undergo radical change to get with the times or risk losing everything. Marked by the arrival of Mother Augustine’s hip young niece, Alice Champagne, the nuns and girls band together to change it up, play music, and save their convent. Boasting hilarious moments that could only come from when plucky old nuns meet the psychedelic punch of ’60s counterculture, and a truly heartwarming core, The Passion of Augustine is a lovely comedy that will leave you singing.


TANTE HILDA ! / AUNT HILDA ! (89 min) – 2014 – G - ANIMATION

Directed by JR Girerd, Benoit Chieux

With Sabine Azéma, Josiane Balasko, François Morel, Bruno Lochet, Gilles Détroit, Christian Taponard, Bernard Bouillon, Jean-Pierre Yvars, Line Wiblé

In her plant museum, Tante Hilda, a great nature lover, conserves thousands of plants from around the world, many of which are nearly extinct.

Meanwhile, Attilem, a new cereal developed by industrialists, which can be cultivated with little water and no fertilizers, and produces huge yields, seems like the miracle solution to stamping out famine, following in the footsteps of petrol, whose reserves are rapidly diminishing. But disaster isn't far off...


CHOCOLAT (110 min) – 2016 – 15+  ARAB PREMIERE !

Directed by Roschdy Zem

With Omar Sy, James Thiérrée, Noémie Lvovsky

From the circus to the music hall, from anonymity to glory, this is the incredible story of Monsieur Chocolat, the first black artist of the French stage. The duo he formed with Footit met with huge and popular success in Belle Epoque Paris, before fame, easy money, gambling, and discrimination wore out their friendship and Monsieur Chocolat's career.

The film retraces the true story of this remarkable artist.


L’ENFANT D’EN HAUT/ SISTER (97 min) – 2012 – 15+

Directed by Ursula Meier

With Léa Seydoux and Kacey Mottey-Klein

A luxury ski resort in Switzerland.12-year-old Simon lives in the industrial valley below, with his jobless sister, Louise. Every day, he takes the ski-lift to the opulent ski world above, stealing equipment from the rich tourists to resell to the local kids back down below. Louise benefits from Simon's petty crimes, which begin to take on bigger proportions, and she becomes increasingly dependent on him.



Directed by Olivier Ringer

With Clarisse Djuroski, Léa Warny, Alain Eloy et Myriam Akkhediou

For Cathy, it is not always easy to be born on February 29th, especially when for her birthday, her father gives her an egg to hatch. But it is probably less difficult than to be suffering from myopathy as her best friend Margaux...



Directed by Abderrahmane Sissako

With Abel Jafri, Hicham Yacoubi, Kettli Noel

Not far from Timbuktu, now ruled by religious fundamentalists, Kidane lives peacefully in the dunes with his wife Satima, his daughter Toya, and Issan, their twelve-year-old shepherd. In town, the inhabitants suffer, powerless, from the regime of terror imposed by the Jihadists determined to control their faith. Women have become shadows but resist with dignity. Every day, the new improvised courts issue tragic sentences. Kidane and his family seem to be spared the chaos that prevails in Timbuktu. But their destiny changes when Kidane accidentally kills Amadou, the fisherman who slaughtered "GPS," his beloved cow.



LE PETIT PRINCE (108 min) – 2014 – PG - ANIMATION

Directed by Mark Osborne
With André Dussolier, Florence Foresti, Vincent Cassel, et Marion Cotillard

It's the story of a story. It's the story of a little girl, intrepid and curious, who lives in an adult world. It's the story of an aviator, eccentric and facetious, who never really grew up.

It's the story of the Little Prince who will bring them together in an extraordinary adventure.

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