With films from 15 different countries, including several UK premieres and preview screenings, the programme offers audiences a selection of the most outstanding new World Cinema, and continues to engage leading directors who bring a diverse range of cultures closer to home. It offers a place on the big
screen for films which would not necessarily be shown otherwise in the UK and enhances cross-cultural exchange. Mosaïques celebrates the diversity of cultures and hopes to further the debate on the position of foreign cultures in Western society.
Abdellatif Kechiche, the acclaimed director of Couscous, has kindly accepted to be the patron of this year’s festival. He will take part in a cinema masterclass dedicated to his career and will introduce the UK premiere of his latest drama, the powerful and controversial Black Venus, on 8 June.
Film highlights include the preview screening of A Separation, the first ever Iranian film to be awarded the Golden Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival, which will be introduced by its director Asghar Farhadi on 4 June. Director Laïla Marrakchi will present the UK premiere of her film, Marock, a refreshing portrait of Casablanca’s gilded youth, on 7 June. We’ll be hosting a special party complete with a contorsionist, acrobat, juggler and DJ on 4 June to accompany the preview screening of Circo, a brilliant documentary following a travelling circus family in Mexico.
In addition to the film programme, Mosaïques has organised a free film production workshop, in collaboration with the Rainbow Collective, offering the chance for 8 young film-makers to write, shoot and edit short films which will be screened on the closing night of the festival.
This year’s edition offers a special place to music and gives testimony to current world music talent. Francis Falceto, creator of the Ethiopiques CD series will present its documentary Abyssinie Swing featuring amazing musical archives from Ethiopian TV on 2 June. A concert bringing together Gypsy, Malian and Berber vibes from musicians Titi Robin, SMOD and Akli D will take place on 3 June at Ciné lumière and a gig featuring Kenyan, Haïtian and Ghanaian artists Winyo, Bélo and Wanlov the Kubolor will take place at Rich Mix on 7 June.