Seule à mon mariage (Alone At My Wed­ding) cho­sen in Cannes ACID se­lec­tion

The Daily News Egypt - - Film - By Mo­hamed Ab­del Megeed

Seule à mon mariage (Alone At My Wed­ding), a Bel­gian film by Marta Bergman, will be part of the ACID film­mak­ers’ pro­gramme (As­so­ci­a­tion pour le Cinéma Indépen­dant et sa Dif­fu­sion) at the Cannes In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val. Pro­duced by Frakas Pro­duc­tions, the film’s main ac­tors are the young Ro­ma­nian Alina Ser­ban and the Bel­gian Tom Ver­meir who had a lead role in Felix van Groenin­gen’s Bel­gica.

Alone At My Wed­ding is the first fea­ture-length fic­tion film by Bergman, a grad­u­ate of In­sti­tut Supérieur des Arts (INSAS), the Bel­gian film school. The Bucharest-born di­rec­tor is known for her doc­u­men­tary films, in which she has ex­plored Ro­ma­nia, and more specif­i­cally, the Roma com­mu­ni­ties.Her doc­u­men­taries have been shown at pres­ti­gious fes­ti­vals such as Vi­sions du Réel and the Leipzig Film Fes­ti­val.

The film is the story of Pamela, a young Roma who is in­so­lent, spon­ta­neous, funny, and dif­fer­ent from the other women in her com­mu­nity. She is a sin­gle mother liv­ing with her grand­mother and her lit­tle girl in a small hut where the three of them share a bed.The film ex­am­ines how she can rec­on­cile the needs of her two-year-old daugh­ter and her dream of free­dom. Pamela em­barks on a jour­ney into the un­known, break­ing away from the tra­di­tions that suf­fo­cate her. “Lapin, pizza, amour”. All she has are three words in French and the hope that mar­riage will change her and her daugh­ter’s des­tinies.

Alina Ser­ban, born into a Roma fam­ily in Ro­ma­nia, plays the role of Pamela.She is an ac­tress and di­rec­tor, and stud­ied drama in Bucharest, then at the Royal Acad­emy of Dra­matic Art (RADA) in Lon­don and the Tisch School of the Arts in NewYork. Alina Ser­ban is very com­mit­ted to the cause of the Roma com­mu­nity and made her name in the the­atre world with her one woman show, I De­clare at My Own Risk, which she both wrote and per­formed, in­clud­ing at many Euro­pean the­atres.

For 25 years, ACID has been pre­sent­ing a par­al­lel pro­gramme at the Cannes Film Fes­ti­val, com­pris­ing around 10 films, which it then sup­ports un­til af­ter their re­lease. Some 15 film­mak­ers, mem­bers of ACID, choose the pro­gramme, which in­cludes French and for­eign fea­tures, fic­tion and doc­u­men­taries, se­lected from sev­eral hun­dred sub­mis­sions from all over the world. Each year, ACID film­mak­ers ac­com­pany some 40 fea­ture films to over 400 in­de­pen­dent cine­mas and fes­ti­vals, cul­tural venues, and uni­ver­si­ties in 20 coun­tries.

The fol­low­ing films have been shown in the Cannes ACID pro­gramme: Kaouther Ben Ha­nia’s Chal­lat of Tunis, Olivier Babi­net’s Swag­ger, Serge Bo­zon’s L’Ami­tié, Alain Gomis’s L’Afrance, Ur­sula Meier’s Strong Shoul­ders, Yolande Moreau and Gilles Porte’s When the Sea Rise, and Jus­tine Triet’s Age of Panic.

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