Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, minister of state attached to the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, will be in Angoulême on August 27 with Culture Minister Françoise Nyssen for the closing ceremony of the 10th edition of that city’s Festival du Film Francophone (FFA).
Over the years, this festival, whose current guest of honor is Côte d’Ivoire, has become a major promoter of contemporary cinema from French-speaking countries.
The Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs has been providing regular support for this festival ever since it was established, both through its diplomatic network and its operator, the Institut Français, which houses the collections of the Cinémathèque Afrique. Two feature films, Kaouther Ben Hania’s La belle et la meute and Philippe Van Leeuw’s Une famille syrienne – both of which received world cinema grants from a fund co-managed by the Institut français and the Centre National du Cinéma et de l’Image Animée – are part of the official competition.
During his visit, the minister of state will meet with many artists and figures from the FFA. He will attend the ceremony in which the culture minister will bestow the Order of Arts and Letters upon the Quebecois actress Denise Filiatrault and the bestowal of a digital award upon the American actor John Malkovich by the Institut National de l’Audiovisuel (INA). He will also meet with the mayor of Angoulême to discuss the role played by culture, tourism, and Francophonie in regional development and, in that connection, will visit the Musée de la Bande Dessinée et le Pôle Image - Magilis.