Les Misérables to open European Film Festival in South Africa

Les Misérables to open European Film Festival in South Africa

Cannes Jury Prize-winning French film, Les Miserables by celebrated director Ladj Ly, will open the 6th European Film Festival in Johannesburg, South Africa on 29 November. The festival, which is hosted at Sterkinekor Cinema Nouveau Theatres in Johannesburg, Pretoria and Cape Town until December 8, features 12 award-winning films from Europe.

Three filmmakers from Les Miserables, will be in the country, courtesy of VideoVision, to introduce their film and participate in filmmaker workshops in Johannesburg and Cape Town during the festival.

Producer Toufik Ayadi and actors Didier Zonga and Almamy Kanoute are in the country to promote their film, which was recently selected as France's entry to the Academy Awards in 2020. Ayadi, Zonga, and Kanoute will also be in attendance at its first screenings in Pretoria and Cape Town while the workshops provide an additional opportunity for in-depth discussion and exchange. Targeting young filmmakers, in particular, the workshop sessions will interrogate the making of the film and engage local filmmakers about filmmaking processes in general.

Both workshops are free but producers, actors and interested parties are advised to pre-register to book their participation. The workshop in Johannesburg takes place at the Rosebank Sterkinekor Cinema Nouveau on 30 November from 10 am to 1pm. Bookings can be made via Vuyiswa Tshangela at 011 7179237 or vuyiswa.tshangela@wits.ac.za. The Cape Town workshop takes place at the Cape Investor Centre on 2 December at 1pm to 3pm. Bookings for the Cape Town workshop can be made via 0785004488 or info@creativeworkzone.co.za.

The European Film Festival runs from 29 November to 8 December at Cinema Nouveau theatres in Johannesburg, Pretoria, and Cape Town - for more about the festival films, including trailers, visit www.eurofilmfest.co.za

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Sharlene Versfeld - sharlene@versfeld.co.za

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