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The International Music & Cinema Festival settles in Marseille

No more Aubagne, heading to Marseille for the International Music and Cinema Festival. The event, which takes place from April 4 to 9, 2022, changes city to welcome this year and the following ones, filmmakers, film music composers, guest artists, festival-goers and professional meetings.

The announcement was made last June during the closing evening, followed by a press release from the organizing structure, Alcimé: “ Although intrinsically linked to the city of Aubagne for more than twenty years, following numerous disputes with the Town Hall, the organizing team of the festival was forced to find a new host city.(…).” The following reports that the City of Marseille is the new place of anchorage, and that the other regional authorities South Region and Department are renewing their support for the event alongside professional partners.

A real chance for Marseille! (…) said Jean-Marc Coppola, deputy for culture at Marseille City Hall, during the press conference to launch the event.

MCM festival poster

Music and Cinema Festival: Perfect Harmony

For this first opus in Marseille, the Festival International Music & Cinéma Marseille (MCM) is offering a wave of events that will take place on seven sites in Marseille: at the Artplexe cinemas, Les Variétés, Le Gyptis, Le Vidéodrome, the National Conservatory at Rayonnement Régional Pierre Barbizet, the Silo, the Maupetit bookstore and outside the walls at the Jean Renoir cinema in Penne-sur-Huveaune. In line with previous editions, which aims to promote young creation, 63 short films from 29 countries and 10 feature films (animations, documentaries and fiction) will be presented in competition, as well as a host of works broadcast in the framework of carte blanche, favorite or end-of-study films, master classes, film concerts, not to mention the dense program for young audiences.

These six days of festivities will give rise to daily meetings and exchanges with the filmmakers and composers in competition, as well as conferences and debates after the screenings. And if it proves impossible to name all the artists, we will note the presence of big names from the artistic and even international scene who will accompany their film in solo or in duo, like the music composer Stephen Warbeck (The man in the hat), Emmanuelle Bercot/Eric Neveux (In his lifetime), Delphine Mantoulet/Tony Gatlif (Tom Medina), the composers Rémi Boubal (Bigger than us), Ronan Maillard (The heiresses), electro band The Penelopes (space boy) or filmmaker Audrey Estrougo (to insanity, Supremes,).

The opening night of the Music & Cinema festival will set the tone with the preview screening of Murina, Camera d’Or at the last Cannes Film Festival. This first feature film by Croatian filmmaker Antoneta Alamat Kusijanovic paints the portrait of Julija, a rebellious young girl who is suffocated by paternal authority despite the idyllic setting in which she lives (Monday April 4 at 8 p.m. at the Artplexe, in the presence of the director).

Dominique Blanc, Imany and Nainita Desai, guests of honor

This year, the festival will honor the actress Dominique Blanc, a major figure in stage and cinema. From his theater debut with Patrice Chéreau Peer Gynt, passing by Claude Chabrol, Louis Malle, Claude Sautet, Régis Wargnier, James Ivory…, it would be futile to present the filmography of the luminous Dominique Blanc as the list is long, fifty films to his credit! We are therefore delighted to find her in the three films she has chosen as part of her carte blanche: Queen Margot by Patrice Chereau, Snowy in May by Louis Malle and Indochina by Régis Wargnier. The actress will be present on Tuesday April 5 at 7:45 p.m. at Les Varietés and Wednesday April 6 at 11 a.m. at the Maupetit Bookstore.

Singer Imany back in Marseille (Credit Gomet')
Singer Imany back in Marseille (Credit Gomet’)

Another guest of honour, on the music side this time, is the author, composer and performer Martegale Imany. After the release in 2011 of his first album, The Shape of a broken heartplatinum disc, the singer of Comorian origin, with a deep and bewitching voice, succeeds on the international scene and is entrusted with the composition of the soundtrack of Under the skirts girls (2013) by Audrey Dana, then credits Woman (2019) by Anastasia Mikova and Yan Arthus-Bertrand. An artist committed to great humanitarian causes, Imany invites us to (re)discover O’Brother by Joël and Ethan Coen (Thursday April 7 at 7:45 p.m. at Variétés)

Finally, the British composer Nainita Desai will be honoured. Winner of the Royal Television Society award for her score of For Sama (2019) by Waad-El-Kateab, Nainata Desai is also the author of the original soundtrack of the Netflix documentary American Murder by Jenny Poppelwell, an interactive film-game Telling Lies of Annapurna and series Unprecedented from BBS. The prolific composer will present the last film for which she composed the music The Reason I Jump by Jerry Rothwell, a documentary on non-verbal autistic people (Wednesday April 6 at 7:30 p.m. at the Artplexe)

Music & cinema festival: spotlight on disability and cinema

Among the meetings, we welcome the focus on disability and cinema. This new section will begin with an anthology of short films reflecting the many facets of German cinema. Proposed by the German festival of Hamburg, Klappe Auf, focused on the inclusion of people with disabilities, this session presented in audio description will be followed by a debate on disability and cinema. Please note that the discussion with the public will be translated into sign language (Friday 8 April at 2 p.m.). Then, at the beginning of the evening, the whole team of “Vestiaires” whose protagonists are disabled and able-bodied will present the last 2 seasons of the hit television series (Friday April 8 at 7:15 p.m. at the Artplexe)

Cine-concerts or when composers revisit cinema

Shows inseparable from the history of cinema, the cine-concerts will offer a wide audience beautiful moments of joy and emotion. Thus, cinephiles and jazz lovers will be delighted to discover the live version of the documentary. Peril on the city by Philippe Pujol, interpreted by Marseille saxophonist Raphaël Imbert, also composer of the original music (Tuesday April 5 at 8:30 p.m. at the Artplexe cinema), electro fans will be amazed by starelectronic Poo Poo peepoo, six short films with the iconic Betty Boop, revisited by Thibault Cohade (Wednesday April 6 at 4 p.m. at the Artplexe and Saturday April 9 at 2:30 p.m. at the Gyptis cinema), as for the most curious, they will discover a collective work co-written by students in residence from music composition schools in Portugal, the Netherlands and Greece, performed by the musicians of the Conservatoire National à Rayonnement Régional Pierre Barbizet (Thursday April 7 at 8:30 p.m. at the Artplexe). Finally, to close the festival, the French composer and conductor Marie-Jeanne Séréro will offer a jubilant musical performance, the fruit of her work during her master-class with eight young composers (Saturday April 9 at 8:30 p.m. at the Silo).

Finally, throughout these six days, we can count on the program of concerts and DJ sets concocted by the famous Marseille label, Chinese Man Records to set the mood in Marseille, from morning until late at night. The show must go on! …

Useful links :

> Details of the program:
> The Aubagne International Film Festival, Music & Cinema, is back!
> The unique Aubagne International Film Festival celebrates its 20th birthday
> Aubagne will live to the rhythm of its FIFA
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