♦ Burning Days***
Turkish film, 2 h 09
In a remote region of Turkey, a young prosecutor is dispatched to sign the expert’s report on local water shortages, but he will soon fall into the unhealthy trap of a conservative and corrupt mayor, ready to do anything for his re-election. . In this thriller with an atmosphere as suffocating as the arid zone in which it takes place, the Turkish director gives us a terrifying and openly political fable, through which he brilliantly denounces the authoritarian and populist drift of his country.
READ THE REVIEW: “Burning Days”, Turkey on the brink
♦ When you are older **
by Andréa Bescond and Eric Métayer
French film, 1 h 39
While waiting for the reopening of the school canteen, the children will have to take their meals at the town’s retirement home. Initially a source of tension, this situation will give rise to touching encounters between two worlds that everything opposes and yet face loneliness, between a child abandoned by her parents and grandparents abandoned by their children. At the crossroads between comedy, social chronicle and tragedy, the film struggles to find its tone, but includes real moments of grace and a humanist message.
» READ THE REVIEW: « When you grow up », the cohabitation of the extreme ages of life
♦ The young Imam**
de Kim Chapiron
French film, 1 h 38
Turbulent, the young Ali is sent to Mali by his mother to escape the bad influences of the city and learn the tradition and the faith. When he returns, 12 years later, he is determined to win back his mother’s affection by becoming the new imam of the neighborhood, even if it means doubting his original intentions and transforming his activity into a business at the limit of legality. Co-written with the director of Les Misérables, Ladj Ly, this beautiful film strives, despite some clichés, to give a peaceful image of the Muslim religion with its family mosques and its 2.0 imams.
» READ THE REVIEW: “The young imam” by Kim Chapiron: Islam, scams and filial love
de Hajime Hashimoto
Japanese film, 1h30
It is to him that we owe the famous prints of the Great Wave or the courtesans of the red light district of Edo (now Tokyo). Hokusai (1760-1849) paints what he sees, quite naturally, and his works are quick to fascinate the general public. Sublimated by the meticulous and refined treatment granted to the sets and the lighting, this film is a hymn to the implacable obstinacy of the creator in the face of the censorship which then reigned in Japan and which could not tolerate these “immoral” designs.
» READ THE REVIEW: A dive into Hokusai’s Japan
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