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UZÈS Dive into the 70s with the first edition of the Rock’n’Roll film festival

It has now been four years since the Rock’n’Roll film festival matured in the mind of its founder, Méryl Fortunat-Rossi, also known for taking care of the Belgian film festival. The project should have materialized in June 2020 but the health crisis got the better of the party.

The covid forced the whole team to rethink the concept of this new festival to give it every chance of seeing the light of day. And the efforts paid off. The first edition of the Rock’n’Roll film festival will be held in Uzès from June 24 to 27. The opportunity to dive back into the 70s and rediscover its cult groups such as The Doors, The Blues Brothers, Easy Rider, The Wall… But also to prove that rock is music ” modern and on the move“, assures Méryl Fortunat-Rossi.

When the latter presented this project, the festival committee of Uzès, the City and the community of commune Pays d’Uzès immediately joined. There will be films placed under the theme of rock’n’roll, concerts but also conferences and even an Air guitar competition


The festivities will open with several screenings at Le Capitole cinema. First on Thursday June 24, at 8 p.m., the documentary “A dog called money” by Seamus Murphy, which combines images of conflict and the musicality they inspire (rebroadcast on Sunday June 27 at 4:30 p.m.).

Reveal your hidden talent on Saturday June 26 during the Air Guitar contest

On Saturday June 26, at 4.30 p.m., the carte blanche by Laurène Mansuy, who works at Arte, will be screened. She decided to share with the public the documentary “Betty Davis”, a supercharged diva and female equivalent of James Brown. On Sunday June 27, at 7 p.m., it will be “Eat that question”, a film without commentary but with the best excerpts from interviews with Franck Zappa on television, in its facets and antics.

On Friday June 25, at 8 p.m., we will have “French kiss goes to Oulu”, a father-son road movie by Nicolas and Fred Reau to go to an Air guitar competition. The father will also be present in Uzès and will be the sponsor of the Air guitar competition which will take place on Saturday June 26 in the Duchy park from 7 p.m. So if you’re a rocker in the privacy of your car or in your shower, you can show off your talent on stage for all to see. A jury of professionals will evaluate you. Among them: French Kiss, vice-world champion and Pierre Laran, director of the French Air Guitar Championships. The first two winners will win their ticket for the French championships.

A whole series of concerts will also be offered (with free participation). On Saturday June 26, the Trio Inopportun will come from the Bouches-du-Rhône on the stage of the Parc du Duché. From 5:30 p.m., they will unfold their performance tinged with progressive rock and will unveil titles from their new album “Ultimatim” released in the spring. Always the same day, at 8 p.m., place at Van Fritzmool and its neighboring hard rock sounds. This trio from Gard appears as the worthy heir to Rock i3 and distinguished itself in 2018 by winning the Tremplin des Before organized by the departmental council.

Two more concerts on July 22

The Rock’n’Roll film festival will play extra time in July, when the curfew will have disappeared and health restrictions will have eased further. Two other concerts (always in free participation) will be organized. Book your evening on Thursday July 22 with OPTM, an indie rock duo from Nîmes who won the 2019 Before springboard organized by the departmental council. The same day at 10 p.m. will follow The Silly Walks, a garage pop trio from Montpellier.

In parallel with films and concerts, the media libraries of the territory also get into the rock atmosphere throughout the month of June. Here is the program :
. Wednesday 16 June, at 4 p.m.: Guitar Hero competition at the Saint-Quentin-la-Poterie media library.
. Wednesday 16 June, at 4 p.m.: rock’n Pitchoun at the Uzès media library.
. Saturday 19 June, at 3 p.m.: blind test at the Uzès media library, then at 5 p.m.: conference on “The Beatles and rock”.
. Wednesday 23 June, at 4 p.m.: Guitar Hero competition at the Uzès media library.

. Saturday 26 June, at 2 p.m.: conference by Greg Jonquet on “Surf music in the 1960s? »

Mary Meunier

Full program of the Rock’n’Roll film festival can be found online by clicking here.

Mimic the gestures of a guitarist without having the instrument in hand.

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