Film critic Lisa Nesselson speaks to Eve Jackson about the week's film news, including a look ahead at filmmaking in 2021 and a review of the new Pixar movie "Soul". She also reveals her "virtual" pick of the week: a one-minute-long film, shot with a cell phone and entitled "Women's Empowerment".
FRANCE 24's film critic Lisa Nesselson speaks to Eve Jackson about the week's film news, including her favourite French film of the year, the lesbian love story "Deux" or "Two of Us", that's been submitted to the Oscars in the International Film category. We also look at some remarkable images ahead of the 125th anniversary of the world's first public movie screening on December 28, 1895 in Paris.
Nasrin Sotoudeh is a women's rights attorney and winner of the prestigious Sakharov Prize. Over the years, she has become a voice for the voiceless, representing children, Iran's persecuted minority communities, as well as leading opponents of the death penalty. Back in 2019, the jailed 57-year-old was sentenced again, for defending women who had removed their hijabs. Last week, she was temporarily released on furlough to receive medical treatment. All that and more has been depicted in a new film, "Nasrin". We speak to Jeff Kaufman and Marcia Ross, who are behind the four-year project.
When we think of jazz dance - we may think of Broadway, the West End, Liza Minelli or West Side Story. The illuminating film “Uprooted” takes us way further back to the roots of this dance of African descent, born out of slavery and entangled with the African American experience through hip hop and beyond.
Set in Lagos, Nigeria Eyimofe (This is My Desire) follows the stories of Mofe, a factory technician, and Rosa, a hairdresser, on their quest for what they believe will be a better life on foreign shores. A passport, photos and a visa form recurring elements. The characters’ misfortunes are part of their everyday life and they are sketching out the need to leave Nigeria at the same time. At the bottom of the socio-economic ladder, status, money, gender, skin colour and family structures are inextricably connected. The longing for another life is but one thread in this complex mesh, a promise that floats above things at once near and far away. #EYIMOFE
Authorities in Paris have extended permits for cafe and restaurant owners to install terraces outside their premises in order to maintain business. But it's not good news for some city residents, who, through resident associations, complain about the noise.