july, 2021

14jul(jul 14)5:00 pm18(jul 18)11:59 pmHIFF TALK STORY: DIVERSITY & INCLUSION IN FRENCH CINEMAVirtual PanelEvent Type:Panel,Pre-recorded Q&AFestival, Season, or Series:HIFF SHOWCASE SERIES,VIVE LE CINÉMA

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Premiering Wednesday, July 14 at 12:00 PM (HST)

Presenting the rising talents from France, this year’s VIVE LE CINÉMA! virtual showcase is presenting the diversity and eclecticism of new French cinema. From a strong representation of women directors and a mix of genres from comedy, drama and animation, HIFF has saved the best for last with a virtual showcase populated with award winning films straight from Cannes.

For this special pre-recorded discussion, HIFF Artistic Director, Anderson Le will chat with two directors from this year’s showcase – Farid Bentoumi (RED SOIL) and Nora Martirosyan (SHOULD THE WIND DROP) – As they discuss the suppressed diversity of French cinema via its colonial past and the drive for inclusion and different voices in the future of French cinema and where it goes from here. 

Nora Martirosyan was born in Armenia into a family of scientists. Both parents are physicists 2 . She wants to become an artist. She graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Yerevan . In 1997, at the age of 23, she left Armenia to travel to Europe. She continued her studies at the Amsterdam School of Fine Arts , the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Amsterdam and the Fresnoy School . Since 2015, she has been teaching cinema and video at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts de Bordeaux 3 . Since 2003, she has been making short and medium-length films.

After having been an actor, Farid Bentoumi turned to documentary and then fiction. Between 2011 and 2015, he wrote and then directed GOOD LUCK ALGERIA, which was inspired by the participation of his brother Noureddine Maurice Bentoumi in the Turin 2006 Olympics and more generally by the history of his family. With this film, his desire is to use a partly fictional sports story to talk about themes such as integration, nationality or transmission between generations.

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