The series depicts the power of cinema in influencing change and overcoming cultural barriers
A still from The Umbrellas of Cherbourg. Courtesy of Cinema Akil
Known as Dubai's only independent cinema, Cinema Akil is set to launch a summer-long series of classics to celebrate travel and pay homage to self-discovery amidst the picturesque landscapes and streets of France. Entitled Cinema Akil Traveller: Voyage to France, the program is set to run from 7 August until 3 September 2020. Featuring award-winning directors by the likes of François Truffaut, Jacques Demy, Jean Vigo and Agnès Varda, the series is designed in collaboration with Institut Français.
“Our joint venture initiative gives to the audience an opportunity to discover or rediscover some of the iconic French films," says Zohra AIT EL JAMAR. "Voyage to France series offers a program that builds understanding and appreciation of how the power of cinema changes lives, makes you wonder and overcomes cultural differences."
A still from The Beaches of Agnes. Courtesy of Cinema Akil
The program will begin with Truffaut’s timeless 1955 The 400 Blows (Les Quatre Cents Coups), followed by Demy’s notable musical romance The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (Les Parapluies de Cherbourg) starring Catherine Deneuve. Also featured will be Beaches of Agnès (Les Plages d'Agnès) by Varda, with the program concluding with Vigo’s iconic 1933 film L’Atalante.
“We’re pleased to continue our summer cinematic journey with Cinema Akil’s longstanding partner, the Institut Francaise with whom we’ve worked to bring our audiences some of the most engaging and critical programming," says Butheina Kazim, Founder & Managing Director of Cinema Akil.