Carcassonne: Opening of the 4th International Political Film Festival!

Carcassonne: Opening of the 4th International Political Film Festival!

The 2022 edition of the Political Film Festival, which runs through Tuesday, opened on Friday 14 January at the Dôme de Carcassonne with a party unlike the others, but reflecting the general impatience to come together to watch and discuss films.

Should you declare something open? With ease of communication and enthusiasm, Szabo Breitmann, chair of the Professional Jury, officially launched Thursday evening 4e Edition of the Carcassonne International Festival of Political Cinema. The only peculiarity: The actress and director wasn’t within the confines of the Capitol…but at home, with video. For reasons dictated, of course, by this virus, which everyone was careful not to mention, the artist will lead the debates from a distance. When we know the obstacles that stood in front of the event’s organizers, we tell ourselves that it is the lesser of two evils.

Emergency cases

He himself is a member of the jury, and Zinedine Al-Sawalem admits on stage that he was being auditioned that same morning due to a (fortunately negative) connection situation: his coming to Carcassonne was confirmed in the most extreme. “We open this festival with both great emotion and affirmation.”, admitted in front of the assistant Henzo Lefevre and Etienne Garcia, respectively the director and head of the demonstration. In their defense, it must be said that the latter is somehow involved in the unexpected. “We set up the festival in 2018, for the third Saturday of the Yellow Vests; 2e The edition was released in 2019 at the time of major transportation strikes; 3e It was canceled due to the epidemic a few days before the start, when everything was ready; And this year, the festival takes place in a very special context … and a few months before the presidential election. “

Etienne Garcia and Henzo Lefevre.

Etienne Garcia and Henzo Lefevre.
The Independent – Claude Boyer

radical choice

If, like the various co-founders who have succeeded in mic, we can only admire the self-sacrifice of the duo and the entire team of volunteers, it is also impossible not to say in a certain way, the event never stopped showering at the heart of its subject: the flickering of society and those who bring it back to life. “We created this festival above all because we are passionate about cinema, but also because we have a taste for public affairs and more. Politics is the life of the city, and we want the selected works to encourage viewers to take an interest in it.”

The audience was able to discover the world premiere of the film "Yesterday's world" In the presence of its director Diasteme.

The audience was able to discover the world premiere of “Le monde d’hier” in the presence of Diasteme, his director.
The Independent – Claude Boyer

And movies watched organizers. Many. To ensure their festival returns through the front door, they not only expanded the reception and programming capabilities (with the Colosseum and Odeum arriving), but they also expanded their selection system, forming a nine-person committee on the tracks. “very different”. Thus, 127 films and documentaries were watched: today only 24 films remain, and their strength and accuracy are the driving force behind this new version. But for four days, this sumptuous menu of 7e Art is presented to “Very low prices” : “Thanks to our special partners and sponsors, we keep this very important goal in mind, which is to allow cinema to remain a popular art.”This is also a political act.

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