Beginning today, Budapest’s 7th-annual Francophone Film Days and Festival welcomes everyone for a monthlong celebration of Gallic greatness, featuring movie screenings, concerts, children’s activities, and many other “magnifique” programs for fans of French culture.
Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Saturday, April 1, 2017
With the arrival of Budapest’s 7th Francophone Film Days and Festival spanning March 1st to April 1st, we can enjoy a mélange of France-related programs at more than 20 venues citywide. The event awaits visitors interested in French culture with fresh films from seven countries, concerts with musical styles ranging from Renaissance-era songs through chansons to modern experimental music, historical and sociological lectures, public readings, a Francophone song contest, children’s activities, and educational programs. During the movie screenings taking place during March 1-10, French, Belgian, Canadian, Hungarian, Moroccan, Swiss, and Romanian films will be screened at the Uránia National Film Theatre, at Art+ Cinema, and at the French Institute. This year, the organizers prepared for the events with films that will be shown only during this event along with pre-premiere screenings, as well as Canadian and Moroccan evenings.
The program, consisting of 29 feature films and two short-film selections, revolves around three main themes, which draw attention to everyday problems. The first block bears the name Standoff, and deals with socio-economic constraints. In the section called Search for Truth, social injustice, corruption, and family secrets surface. The third theme is Crisis Management, in which more delicate questions arise: whether generations can come together, whether habit systems can be broken, and whether faith can provide enough support. But the festival isn’t only about films – another highlight of this year’s program is music: more than 20 concerts will await audiences at 12 venues.
The French Institute presents a Francophone musical program consisting of six concerts. Within the GetCloser jazz concerts, world-famous musicians will take the stage, such as the Italian-born French accordion artist Richard Galliano and Swiss-born French trumpet prodigy Erik Truffaz. There’ll be drama performances, as well: three theater programs of different genres will focus on French-speaking culture. The program of Szkéné Theater will feature French-written dramas by contemporary authors, while French conceptual choreographer Jérôme Bel will present his latest piece at Trafó.