French An­i­ma­tion Film Fes­ti­val opens at UWI

Fifth stag­ing in Ja­maica, 15th in­ter­na­tion­ally

Jamaica Gleaner - - 24.7 TWIST - Mel Cooke Gleaner Writer

FRENCH AND English were cheek and jowl in the Mul­ti­func­tional Room at the Univer­sity of the West Indies (UWI), Mona Cam­pus, on Wed­nes­day evening at the 2016 French An­i­ma­tion Fes­ti­val’s open­ing. This was the case not only for the au­di­ence mem­bers, but the Al­liance Française’s Ste­fane Daley who al­ter­nated the lan­guages in wel­com­ing all to the fes­ti­val’s first day.

And while the open­ing short film, Res­tau­rant Fuss, was in a lan­guage all Ja­maicans should un­der­stand, the high-qual­ity French fea­ture film, Adama, was sub­ti­tled in English.

Daley noted that it was the fifth stag­ing of the French French Am­bas­sador to Ja­maica Jean-Michel Des­pax (right), and his wife, Madame Line Des­pax, at the open­ing of the 2016 French An­i­ma­tion Film Fe­ti­val at the UWI, Mona’s Mul­ti­func­tional Room on Wed­nes­day evening.

An­i­ma­tion Film Fes­ti­val in Ja­maica and the 15th in­ter­na­tion­ally. Af­ter Wed­nes­day’s open­ing, there were more films yes­ter­day and the fes­ti­val con­tin­ues on Novem­ber 4 and 5, again at the Mul­ti­func­tional Room. Films start at 7 p.m. and ad­mis­sion is free.

There were chuck­les when Daley said that trav­el­ling to France from Ja­maica is not cheap, so the fes­ti­val was a good, low-cost way of en­joy­ing French cul­ture.

When the lights were turned off and the screen came to life, be­fore the French of Adama came the Ja­maican of Res­tau­rant Fuss, where the

ap­pli­ances spoke and there was a clash of words be­tween the stove and fire ex­tin­guisher, with the re­frig­er­a­tor a ref­eree and me­di­a­tor. When the go­ing got hot – lit­er­ally, as the stove burst into flames.

SHEER GOOD LUCK

When the chef came in, fran­ti­cally look­ing for the ex­tin­guisher which had just been pro­claim­ing its im­por­tance to the kitchen’s safety, the fire safety de­vice had made a hole in the wall and was yelling for help out­side.

There were also flames and smoke in parts of an en­gross­ing Adama, the ti­tle char­ac­ter be­ing Ste­fane Daley of Al­liance Française wel­comes au­di­ence mem­bers to the 2016 French An­i­ma­tion Film Fes­ti­val in the Mul­ti­func­tional Room at UWI Mona on Wed­nes­day evening.

a boy who fol­lowed his older brother Simba, from an African coun­try to France, af­ter the elder sib­ling joined the French army. Through dogged de­ter­mi­na­tion, sheer good luck and the pro­tec­tion of a beg­gar turned spir­i­tual guide, Adama trav­els to the front in Ver­dun, where he finds his brother as a hard­boiled sol­dier who has lost all sense of pri­or­i­ties.

Be­fore a war­plane’s straf­ing of the bat­tle­field, bomb­ing and gassing is over, Simba’s ini­ti­a­tion into man­hood which had been in­ter­rupted by an omen be­fore he left home to be­come a sol­dier, is com­pleted. He comes back to his senses and the brother’s re­turn home at harvest time.

All the films which will be show at the French An­i­ma­tion Film Fes­ti­val 2016 have English sub­ti­tles. Mem­bers of the Bare Essentials Band in per­for­mance.

Her­itage Fest 2016 - Our Her­itage, Your Fes­ti­val, starts at 10 a.m. 10 - 16 East Street. Fea­tur­ing Ja­maican cui­sine, an ar­ray of local herbs and spices, jew­ellery, crafts, and down­town bus tour at af­ford­able prices. There will also be a farm­ers’ mar­ket as well as fun ac­tiv­i­ties for chil­dren. Con­cert fea­tur­ing Bare Essentials Band. Adm: free.

RJR and The Gleaner Com­pany’s net­ball team presents Male and Fe­male Auc­tion at the RJR Sports Club, 32 Lyn­d­hurst Rd, Kgn 5. Starts 7 p.m. Win a date with your pick. Adm: free.

PHO­TOS BY MEL COOKE

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