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SINK OR SWIM (LE GRAND BAIN)

Director: Gilles Lellouche / 2018

Dates/Time: Opening event Sunday March 3rd at 6.30pm + Monday March 4th at 4.15pm + Tuesday March 5th at 6.45pm / 118 minutes / subtitled / colour

Synopsis:
One of this year’s box-office hit in France, Sink or Swim is a warm and humorous account of the adventures of an all male synchronised swimming team in existential crisis. Bertrand (Mathieu Amalric) an unemployed family man in midlife crisis, enrolls at the local pool with a team of male amateur synchronized swimmers. Bertrand is not the only man in crisis, and a bond forms among them.
Following by the Opening Gala Party at St Peters.
Further information on the page "Special Events".
 

AWARDS & FESTIVALS: Official Selection (Out of Competition) Cannes Film Festival 2018 and 10 nominations for the 2019 Césars.

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CYRANO DE BERGERAC

Director : Jean-Paul Rappeneau / 1990

Dates/time: Sunday March 10th at 8.00pm (Closing event) / 137 minutes / subtitled / colour

Synopsis:
Cyrano (Gérard Depardieu), a popular officer and romantic poet, loves his beautiful cousin Roxane (Anne Brochet) since childhood but has never dared tell her. Cursed by an impossibly large nose, Cyrano despairs of any hope of winning Roxane’s heart. A wonderful newly issued print of this timeless classic on the big screen. We are delighted to present the 4K restored version of Cyrano de Bergerac, with the support of Lagardère Studios Distribution. Special thanks to Agnès Kieft and Emmanuel Bornet.

AWARDS & FESTIVALS: The film went on to win 10 Césars, and Depardieu’s magical performance, both subtle and larger-than-life, earned him an Oscar nomination and won Best Actor César award and Best Actor at the Cannes Film festival.

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MEMOIR OF WAR (LA DOULEUR)

Director: Emmanuel Finkiel / 2018

Dates/Time: Thursday March 7th at 4.15pm + Sunday March 10th at 4pm (Special Event) / 126 minutes / subtitled / colour

Synopsis:
Set in Nazi-occupied France in 1944, Marguerite (Mélanie Thierry) is an active Resistance member alongside husband writer Robert Antelme. When Antelme is deported to Dachau by the Gestapo, Marguerite befriends French collaborator Rabier (Benoît Magimel) to gain information on her husbands whereabouts. Marguerite waits in vain for Antelme’s return until finally as others return and he does not, she must confront the unimaginable – what Finkiel describes as ‘the presence of absence... withdrawing into oneself, an interior voyage’.

We warmly welcome director Emmanuel Finkiel as our special guest to introduce his film, and host a Q & A post-screenin, Sunday 10th at 4.30pm.
Further information on the page "Special Events".


AWARDS & FESTIVALS: 8 nominations for the 2019 Césars

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THE QUEST OF ALAIN DUCASSE (LA QUÊTE DE ALAIN DUCASSE)

Director: Gilles de Maistre / 2018

Dates/Times: Food Special Event - Wednesday March 6th at 6.30pm / 85 minutes / subtitled / colour

Synopsis:
Director Gilles de Maistre embarks on a journey to discover the world of 18 Michelin star Alain Ducasse, a chef with an incomparable talent for taste; and a businessman with 23 restaurants across the globe, now busy preparing new restaurant ‘Ore’ in the Château de Versailles, where he will recreate the luxurious of meals served to the court in the 17th century. De Maistre follows him everywhere over a two year period, allowing us to experience, with privileged access, his incessant travelling schedule, his endless food-sampling and his tireless quest for perfection.
Screening with wine and savoury canapés on arrival - € 22.
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AWARDS & FESTIVALS:
 Culinary Cinema Section, Berlin International Film Festival 2018. .

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THE TIME OF FORESTS (LE TEMPS DES FORÊTS)

Director: François-Xavier Drouet / 2018

Dates/Time: Special Event - Thursday March 7th at 6.45pm / 103 minutes / subtitled / colour

Synopsis:
Dedicated to the ‘foresters who resist’, François-Xavier Drouet’s insightful documentary looks at how France’s once diversified, complex forestry has been whittled down to only a few tree species as forestry undergoes an unprecedented phase of industrialization resultant of excessive consumer demand. The consequences of over forestry and the destruction of the forest soil by the heavy mechanization, monocultures, fertilizers and pesticides, the disappearance of transmission of knowledge, of forest management, all at hugely accelerated pace.
The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with Cork Environmental Forum.
Further information on the page "Special Events". 

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A FAITHFUL MAN (L'HOMME FIDÈLE)

Director: Louis Garrel / 2018

Dates/Time: Thursday March 7th at 9.30pm / 75 minutes / subtitled / colour

Synopsis:
Putting himself front and centre, actor-director Louis Garrel directs, co-writes with Jean-Claude Carrière, and stars in this alluring tale of a love triangle, mixed with a twist of murder mystery and coming-of-age story! Abel (Louis Garrel) has been living with Marianne (Laetitia Casta, Garrel’s real life wife) in her apartment. All seems to be well until Marianne announces that she is pregnant.
AWARDS & FESTIVALS: 1 nomination for the 2019 Césars, 1 Award for the Best scénario at the Internation Movie Festival of Saint-Sébastien 2018, Toronto International Film Festival. 

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AMIN

Director: Philippe Faucon / 2018

Dates/Time: Monday March 4th at 2.00pm + Saturday March 9th at 5.45pm / 91 minutes / subtitled / colour

Synopsis:
Amin (Moustapha Mbengue) has been living in Paris for nine years working on construction sites. He lives in a hostel far from his wife Aïsha (Marème N’Diaye) and their three children, only getting to visit them in homeland Senegal once or twice a year. While doing work at the house of French divorcée Gabrielle (Emmanuelle Devos), Amin begins a loving relationship with her. Philippe Faucon (Fatima, 2015) exactingly revolves the story around Amin, depicting the life of a migrant in France, his traumatic uprooting for economic reasons and the loneliness he faces as a result.
AWARDS & FESTIVALS: Director's Fortnight, Cannes Film Festival 2018. 

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AT WAR (EN GUERRE)

Director: Stéphane Brizé / 2018

Dates/Time: Tuesday March 5th at 1.45pm + Wednesday March 6th at 9.15pm + Friday March 8th at 4.00pm / 113 minutes / subtitled / colour

Synopsis:
When Perrin Industries decide to shut down an automotive parts manufacturing plant in southwest France, their 1100 workers refuse to roll over. Having already made financial sacrifices for the promise of job security, and despite the company’s continuing profitability, the workers, led by spokesman and union representative Laurent Amédéo, an exceptional Vincent Lindon, fight back loudly against this brutal decision.
AWARDS & FESTIVALS: Official Selection Cannes Film Festival 2018. 

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AN IMPOSSIBLE LOVE (UN AMOUR IMPOSSIBLE)

Director: Catherine Corsini / 2018

Dates/Time: Thursday March 7th at 1.30pm + Friday March 8th at 6.30pm / 135 minutes / subtitled / colour

Synopsis:
Catherine Corsini’s subtle yet gripping, heart-wrenching chronicle set in late 1950s rural France masterfully recounts the story of Rachel, a provincial working class woman from Châteauroux (played by a wonderful Virginie Efira) over the course of forty years. Meeting Philippe (Niels Schneider) who is from a privileged background, at a ballroom dance, they soon see each other every day, as an intense but short- lived and ill-fated love story develops.
AWARDS & FESTIVALS: Rotterdam International Film Festival 2019, BFI London Film Festival 2018. 

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IN SAFE HANDS (PUPILLE)

Director: Jeanne Herry / 2018

Dates/Time: Friday March 8th at 9.15pm + Sunday March 10th at 2.00pm / 107 minutes / subtitled / colour

Synopsis:
Born on 26 September, baby Théo has been abandoned at birth, and his uncertain future lies in the hands of Child Welfare Services. Foster carer Jean (Gilles Lelouche) is charged with looking after Theo while the adoption agency endeavour to find him a permanent home. Meanwhile Alice (Elodie Bouchez), unable to have children of her own, has never given up hope of being a mother. After facing many setbacks, Alice is finally ready to consider adoption.
AWARDS & FESTIVALS: 7 nominations for the 2019 Césars.

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KEEP GOING (CONTINUER)

Director: Joachim Lafosse / 2018

Dates/Time: Saturday March 9th at 3.45pm / 85 minutes / subtitled / colour

Synopsis:
Virginie Efira (An Impossible Love; Sink or Swim) and Kacey Mottet-Klein star in this mother-son relationship based on Laurent Mauvignier’s novel ‘Continuer’. Award- winning director Joachim Lafosse (Our Children; After Love) challenges once again the topic of dysfunctional family relationships, as he takes us on a journey across the wild remote mountains of Kyrgyzstan, a western landscape, with estranged mother Sybille (Virginie Efira), and her angry teenage son Samuel (Kacey Mottet-Klein) trekking on horseback.
AWARDS & FESTIVALS: Venice Days Official Selection, Venice International Film Festival 2018.

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LOLA AND HER BROTHERS (LOLA ET SES FRÈRES)

Director: Jean-Paul Rouve / 2018

Dates/Time: Tuesday March 5th at 9.15pm + Friday March 8th at 1.45pm / 105 minutes / subtitled / colour 

Synopsis:
Set in Angoulême, this is a delicate, and infectious comedy of a French provincial upper-middle class siblings. Lola (Ludivine Sagnier), a lawyer in her thirties, feeling stifled by life, has just met Zoher (Ramzy Bedia). Benoît (Jean-Paul Rouve), an optician in his forties and with a compulsive temper, is just about to marry for the third time and with it, is about to become a father, something he’s not quite ready for. While Pierre, an engineer in his fifties, and with a son, is going through problems at work and a failing personal relationship. The only moment when the trio meet up is their monthly visit to their parents' grave. 

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MEKTOUB, MY LOVE

Director: Abdellatif Kechiche / 2018

Dates/Time: Saturday March 9th at 8.00pm

Synopsis:
Awarded Best French Film of 2018 by the French Union of Critics, Abdellatif Kechiche’s (Blue is the Warmest Colour; Couscous) new epic is a loose adaptation of François Bégaudeau’s novel La Blessure, la vraie. Amin (Shaïn Boumedine), on leaving medical school in Paris, returns for the summer to his family home and the Franco-Tunisian community of Sète on France’s southern coast, where he immerses himself in photography. He plans to write a screenplay and to spend time with best friend Ophélie (Ophélie Bau), his cousin Tony (Salim Kechiouche) and new friends Charlotte (Alexia Chardard) and Céline (Lou Luttiau). Together they drift from beach to restaurant to bar, to night club.
AWARDS & FESTIVALS: 1 nomination for the 2019 Césars, 1 Award at the Movie Festival of Carbourg 2018, Istanbul international Film Festival 2018.

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MIA AND THE WHITE LION (MIA ET LE LION BLANC)

Director: Gilles de Maistre / 2017

Dates/Time: Saturday March 09th at 11.30am + Sunday March 10th at 11.30am / 97 minutes / English / colour
Note : This film will be screened in English.

Synopsis:
Ten year-old Mia has her life turned upside down when her family decides to leave their home in London to manage a lion farm in South Africa. When a beautiful white lion, Charlie, is born, Mia find happiness again as she develops a close attachment to the wild cub. After three years, Mia’s life is rocked once again when she uncovers an upsetting secret kept hidden by her father. Distraught by the thought that Charlie could be in harm, Mia decides to run away leaving the farm and her family behind. The two set off on an epic adventure across the wild African savanna in search for another land where Charlie can live out his life safe and free.
AWARDS & FESTIVALS: Main competition Venice Film Festival 2017

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ORCHESTRA CLASS (LA MÉLODIE)

Director: Rachid Hami / 2017

Dates/Time: Saturday March 9th at 1.30pm / 102 minutes / subtitled / colour


Synopsis: Simon, approaching fifty, is a distinguished violinist, but he’s at a low point in his life and career. He winds up teaching a 6th-grade orchestra class at a Parisian middle school, under the direction of the kindly Mr. Farid. He gets off to a rocky start and his strict teaching style doesn’t help him connect with the more difficult students. One of these students is Arnold, a painfully shy but gifted boy who is passionate about the violin. Inspired by Arnold’s raw talent and the warm enthusiasm of the rest of the class, Simon regains his zest for life and rediscovers the joys of music. But will he be able to overcome the obstacles and keep his promise to take the class to perform at the Paris Philharmonic?
AWARDS & FESTIVALS: Out of competitition Venice international Film Festival 2017.

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THE BIG BAD FOX (LE GRAND MÉCHANT RENARD)

Director: Benjamin Renner & Patrick Imbert / 2017

Dates/Time: Saturday March 9th at 11.30am + Sunday 10th at 11.30 am / 80 minutes / subtitled / colour

Synopsis: Whoever thinks that the countryside is calm and peaceful is mistaken. In it we find especially agitated animals, a Fox that thinks it's a chicken, a Rabbit that acts like a stork, and a Duck who wants to replace Father Christmas. If you want to take a vacation, keep driving past this place.
AWARDS & FESTIVALS: 1 Award for the Best Animation Movie at the 2018 Césars and 1 Award for the Best Animation Movie at the Prix Lumières 2018.

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THE HOUSE BY THE SEA (LA VILLA)

Director: Robert Guédiguian / 2017

Dates/Time: Monday March 4th at 6.45pm + Tuesday March 5th at 4.15pm / 107 minutes / subtitled / colour

Synopsis: By a little bay near Marseille lies a picturesque villa owned by an old man. His three children have gathered by his side for his last days. It’s time for them to weigh up what they have inherited of their father’s ideals and the community spirit he created in this magical place. The arrival, at a nearby cove, of a group of boat people will throw these moments of reflection into turmoil.
AWARDS & FESTIVALS: Main competitition Venice Film Festival 2017

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THE TROUBLE WITH YOU (EN LIBERTÉ !)

Director: Pierre Salvadori / 2018

Dates/Time: Monday March 4th at 9.15pm + Wednesday March 6th at 2.00pm / 107 minutes / subtitled / colour 

Synopsis: In a town on the French Riviera, detective Yvonne is the young widow of police chief Santi, a local hero. When she realizes her husband was not exactly the model of virtue so idolized by their young son, and that an innocent young man, Antoine, has spent 8 years in prison as Santi’s scapegoat, she is thrown into turmoil. Yvonne wants to do everything she can to help this very charming Antoine get back to his life and his wife. Everything that is, except telling the truth. But Antoine is having trouble adjusting to life on the other side, to say the least, and soon blows a fuse leading to a spectacular sequence of events.
AWARDS & FESTIVALS
: Winner SACD Award Director's Fortnight, Cannes Film Festival 2018, 9 nominations for the 2019 Césars.

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Special events

SINK OR SWIM (LE GRAND BAIN)

Date/time: Sunday March 3rd at 6.30pm

Special event: OPENING GALA PARTY Post-screening of Opening Night film ‘Sink Or Swim’. Let’s celebrate the opening night of the 30th Cork French Film Festival in style, with guest French DJ and delicious bites from local producers; served with the best of French wine and Irish cider! 

Join DJ Jean du Voyage - beatmaker, producer, turntablist and passionate musician who has been traveling the world with his turntables and vinyls since 1998. This eclectic sound explorer inspired by multiculturalism composed with captivating sounds and cinematic ambiance brings us into a poetic universe. 
Come discover the music of this traveller – an invitation to voyage and discuss around a Glass of wine and petits fours at St Peter’s! 

Wine by Irish Distillers (Pernod-Ricard) / Cider by Stonewell Cider / Catering: Frank Hederman, Ballymaloe, On the Pig’s Back, The Parlour Cafe. 

Ticket information:  €18 for screening and party (note:limited alcool-2drinks)

Synopsis: One of this year’s box-office hits in France, Sink or Swim is a warm and humorous account of the adventures of an all male synchronised swimming team in existential crisis.
AWARDS & FESTIVALS: Official Selection, Out of Competition, Cannes Film Festival 2018 and 10 nominations for the 2019 Césars.

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THE QUEST OF ALAIN DUCASSE ( LA QUÊTE D'ALAIN DUCASSE)

Date/time: Wednesday March 6th at 6.30pm

Special event: Join us for this splendid food film evening and enjoy a glass of wine and delightful savoury canapés on arrival - Bon Appétit!

Ticket information: 22€ (The Quest of Alain Ducasse screening + canapés & wine).

Synopsis:
 Director Gilles de Maistre embarks on a journey to discover the world of 18 Michelin star Alain Ducasse, a chef with an incomparable talent for taste; and a businessman with 23 restaurants across the globe, now busy preparing new restaurant ‘Ore’ in the Château de Versailles, where he will recreate the luxurious of meals served to the court in the 17th century. De Maistre follows him everywhere over a two year period, allowing us to experience, with privileged access, his incessant travelling schedule, his endless food-sampling and his tireless quest for perfection. 
AWARDS & FESTIVALS: Culinary Cinema Section, Berlin International Film Festival 2018.

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THE TIME OF FORESTS (LE TEMPS DE FORÊTS)

Date/Time: Thursday March 7th at 6.45pm    

Special event: Following the screening, a Panel discussion presented by Bernadette Conolly, in partnership with the Cork Environmental Forum and UCC + Charity after party at the Friary Bar from 8.30pm till late.  

Panel Discussion: A panel of professionals and academics will discuss today’s environmental issues and how our society addresses those issues. 
Panel : Ted Cook, Heritage Specialist, Clare Heardman, National Parks & Wildlife Service , John O’Halloran, Deputy President and Registar UCC.

Friary Bar Party: So you’ve seen this great documentary, you possibly picked up one of the native trees after the screening of The Time of the Forests. For each drink bought, 50 cent will be donated to the Woodland League. It’s the perfect occasion to do a good deed while enjoying a drink or two. 

Ticket information: €10/€9 only for the screening and panel discussion. The Friary Bar party is a puclic open event.

Synopsis: Dedicated to the ‘foresters who resist’, François-Xavier Drouet’s insightful documentary looks at how France’s once diversified, complex forestry has been whittled down to only a few tree species as forestry undergoes an unprecedented phase of industrialization resultant of excessive consumer demand. The consequences of over forestry and the destruction of the forest soil by the heavy mechanization, monocultures, fertilizers and pesticides, the disappearance of transmission of knowledge, of forest management, all at hugely accelerated pace. 

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MEMOIR OF WAR ( LA DOULEUR)

Date/Time: Sunday March 10th at 4.30pm

Special event: Film screening + Q&A with the director Emmanuel Finkiel

It’s an immense privilege to welcome César Award Winner director Emmanuel Finkiel as our special guest for the 30th Cork French Film Festival. 
Join us for a post-screening Q&A in partnership with UCC Department of French, hosted by Dr Mary Noonan. 
Director of Voyages (Directors’ Fortnight 1999, César 2000 for Best Debut Film), Nowhere Promised Land (Jean Vigo Prize 2008) and A Decent Man (César nomination and Lumières Award for Best Actor).

Ticket Information: €10/€9 for the screening and the Q&A.  

Synopsis: 
Set in Nazi-occupied France in 1944, Marguerite(Mélanie Thierry) is an active Resistancemember alongside husband writer Robert Antelme. When Antelme is deported to Dachau by the Gestapo, Marguerite befriends Frenchcollaborator Rabier (Benoît Magimel) to gaininformation on her husbands whereabouts. Marguerite waits in vain for Antelme’s returnuntil finally as others return and he does not,she must confront the unimaginable – what Finkiel describes as ‘the presence of absence... withdrawing into oneself, an interior voyage’.Narrated by Mélanie Thierry, through fragmentary images and blurriness, Finkiel brilliantly articulates the grief and pain, micro-emotions fraught with complexity and contradiction, offering a haunting and meditative adaptation of Marguerite Duras’s semi-autobiographical novel, La Douleur (TheWar: A Memoir, published 1985).
AWARDS & FESTIVALS: 8 nominations for the Césars 2019.

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French Party Night !

Date/Time: Saturday March 9th from 8.30 till late

Special event: French Party Night !

We welcome you at the Friary for a night of Frenchness and fun where you will be able to taste the best French food delicacies such as the iconic “Jambon-Beurre”. We will listen to the very best of French artists from legendary Serge Gainsbourg to Christine And The Queens“. Let’s revive decades of French music. Our festival is not only about “la crème de la crème” of French Cinema but also about French society as a whole and this naturally includes music. 

So French, So Chic! In addition: Enter our “Best Dressed French” competition - It’s time to bring out your most beautiful Marinière and Béret and try to win special prizes! 

Ticket information: public open event.

Address of the Friary Bar: 
62 Shandon St, Sunday's Well, Cork




Family screenings

THE BIG BAD FOX (LE GRAND MÉCHANT RENARD)E BIG BAD FOX (LE GRAND MÉCHANT RENARD)

Director: Benjamin Renner / 2017 / Cert. general

Dates/Time:Saturday March 9th at 11.30am + Sunday March 10th at 11.30am / 83 minutes / subtitled / colour 

Synopsis: The countryside isn’t always as calm and peaceful as it’s made out to be in this latest good-humoured animation based on the comic book by Benjamin Renner and co-directed by Renner and Patrick Imbert (Ernest and Célestine). Some of the animals on this farm are particularly agitated: a fox that raises a family of chicks (three small fluffy balls of personality); a rabbit who plays the stork, and a duck who wants to be Santa Claus! Filled with comic situations, vivacious and lively dialogue and action, it is a delight for young audiences as we join in the small midsaventures of the sometimes grouchy, sometimes easy-going, but always lovable farm animals. 
AWARDS & FESTIVALS : Award for the Best Animation Movie at 2018 Césars and 1 award for the Best Animation Movie at the Prix Lumières.



 

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MIA AND THE WHITE LION (MIA ET LE LION BLANC)

Director: Gilles de Maistre / 2017 / 12+

Dates/Time: Sunday March 10th at 11.30am / 97 minutes / English / colour
Note: This film will be screened in English.

Synopsis:
Filmed against the breathtaking backdrop of South Africa and based on true events, this is a film about how humans and animals can live in harmony. Eleven-year old Mia’s with her mother, father John and brother Mick, have left London for South Africa where they run a lion-breeding farm. When beautiful white lion cub Charlie is born, Mia develops an intimate and extraordinary relationship, fostering love and a deep bond with the animal. Her parents witness this incredible friendship and begin to worry about what will happen when the cub becomes adult.  When Mia discovers the upsetting plans for Charlie she runs away with the lion cub, embarking on an incredible journey through the wilderness in search of a safe home and a future for Charlie. Incredibly, this was shot over a three year period, as Mia, and Charlie the lion grew up together, living side by side to develop and maintain this privileged relationship. Seeing Mia and Charlie together is quite magical. With no special effects, the film captures authentic moments as they happen, offering something truly rare and unique.
AWARDS & FESTIVALS:
Main Competition, Venice Film Festival 2017.  

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