ASFF welcome a selection of talented international filmmakers from the heart of France. Joining us from the milieu of the Auvergne region is a unique showing of five exquisite films from the Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival, the second largest film festival in France after Cannes in terms of audience and professional attendance. Spanning across a variety of genres, from drama to experimental, this exclusive screening will feature: M’échapper de son regard (2010) by Chen Chen, an entertaining animation of a man who meets eye-to-eye with a rooster, Avant que de tout perdre (2012) by Xavier Legrand, a tense drama following the chance-meeting of runaway children Julien and Joséphine, and modern comedy Paris Shanghai (2010) by Thomas Cailley, which sees the odd encounter of two juxtaposing characters: Manu, who likes travelling and meeting new people, and Victor, who does not. L’Accordeur (2010) by Olivier Treiner and animation Vie et mort de l’illustre Grigori Efimovitch Raspoutine (2012) by Céline Devaux conclude this exciting and diverse line-up.
Clermond-Ferrand will host their 37th Short Film Festival in January 2015. The annual Festival and accompanying Market are coordinated by Sauve qui peut le court métrage (translated as Short Film: SOS) – a collective team of 17 staff based at La Jetée Resource Centre, working to support the thriving filmmaking community in and around the Auvergne. Throughout the year, the organisation co-ordinates many projects related to film and audio-visual activities, including education, training, and of course, contributing to the regional, national and international circulation of short films.
Screened in French with English subtitles, this Guest Country selection will be showing at Friargate Theatre, Saturday 8 November, 1.45pm.
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