04.05.2012 - Newsletter of the Consulate General of France in Bombay - L’Echo de Mumbai
Dear Indian friends,
We will soon meet again for the second round of presidential elections that are due to be held on Sunday, May 6.
Before that, I’d like to take the opportunity of this new edition of our newsletter to tell you how the election process was held in the first round at the only polling station created at the Consulate General of France in Bombay.
« Poll process commences » !
The poll committee consisting of myself (President), Marc-Antoine Hureau (Secretary) and Pierre Behnam and Luc Didon (assessors) is active at the Consulate between 07:00 and 07:30 to ensure that all the necessary arrangements are in place before the polls open at 8:00. Other agents involved in the organisation include Anais Rieu and Joseph Decruz who assist voters, verify that they are on the lists of electors or proxies, and then invite them to take an envelope and at least two candidate ballot slips before entering the voting booth (entering the voting booth is mandatory or the vote will not be counted !).
The President facing the doubly locked ballot box (a key in his pocket, the other in that of one of the assessors) then says aloud the full name of the voter and invites him, after checking his name on the list of registered voters, to insert the envelope containing the ballot paper into the ballot box, ensuring that the flap of the envelope is securely inside the envelope body (the vote will not be counted if the ballot paper spills out from the envelope) : "voted," pronounces the President !
We, thus, received 263 voters exactly, in a friendly atmosphere, young parents taking the opportunity to give a civic lesson to the children.
The day witnesses 2 major waves of voter visits : the first shortly before lunch, the second shortly before the poll process ending. We take turns ensuring that at least two responsible persons are in the polling station, eyes fixed on the ballot box that fills up till the closing hour : 18:00.
« Poll process ends » !
As we remove all the voting material from the room, the four scrutineers arrive : Laura Prasad, Florent Dauba, Julien Vergne, and Laurent Fine, who will have the great responsibility of sorting the ballot papers after having counted and recounted them, into small piles of "ten !" - They will call this number out loud every time while the two other scrutineers fill the score sheet by adding the tens : " ten "," twenty "," thirty "....
The first round results are then announced by the presiding officer before Pascal Chazot, representative of one of the candidates, and some voters who wanted to attend the entire operation that would end at the stroke of 19:30.
The poll committee has yet to inform Paris of the results that will be displayed at the entrance of the Consulate. Everyone goes home happy after a grueling but certainly an interesting day, with a feeling of accomplishment.
For the night owls, it is still possible to pick up the tracks on TV5 where the results of the mainland are announced, followed by comments and analysis of each of the representatives of 10 candidates that have stood for these elections.
Until Sunday 6th May,
Consul General of France in Bombay
Research and Development Club
The Science and Technology Department of the Embassy of France in India wishes to make a census of French companies established in India that conduct research and development, either through their own R & D centres, or through the funds of public or private research institutions (universities, organizations, etc...
If you are a French company located in India, and you’re already into R & D or plan to start it, then we suggest you join the R&D Club that aims to unite all the companies interested in carrying out R & D in India. The objective of the Club would be to share experiences, exchange best practices and enhance synergies.
If you are interested, you can get in touch with Nicolas Poussielgue (nicolas.poussielgue @ diplomatie.gouv.fr), Attaché for Science and Technology.
Indian cinema on the Croisette for the 65th Cannes Festival
Far from being part of the typical and traditional Bollywood genre, are three Indian independent films and one restored classic film that have been selected at the 65th Cannes Film Festival in the main selections.
The Indian director, screenwriter and producer Ashim Ahluwalia, whose documentary film John & Jane had its world premiere in Toronto in 2005, will be present in the official selection “Un Certain Regard” with his first fiction feature film Miss Lovely.
Producer, writer and director, Anurag Kashyap, an important personality in the Indian cinema, will be doubly present this year on the Croisette, on the one hand with his action drama Gangs of Wasseypur in competition at The Directors’ Fortnight, and on the other hand for the film Peddlers of Vasan Bala that he has produced and which is selected in competition at the Critics’ Week. Anurag Kashyap is considered one of the leaders of the new age Hindi cinema. Udaan, written and produced by the latter, was selected in “Un Certain Regard” in 2010.
Like each year, as part of the Cannes Classics section, the Cannes Festival will host the World Cinema Foundation, created in Cannes in 2007 by Martin Scorsese and a number of filmmakers, to restore the treasures of the world. The Indian film Kalpana, by Uday Shankar (1948) restored by the Bologna Cinematheque from a copy of the original negative preserved by the National Film Archive of India, is among the films in the programme.
Moreover, the Indian project The Untold Tale of director Shivajee Chandrabushan is one of 15 projects selected for “l’Atelier de la Cinéfondation.”
At the invitation of the French National Centre of Cinematography (CNC), two particularly active young Indian producers will participate in the Producers’ Network : Producer Guneet Monga, working alongside Anurag Kashyap (Anurag Kashyap Films) and director / producer Onir (Anticlock Films) recently awarded the National Film Award (equivalent of the “César”) for his film I AM.
Also worth noting is that the young director Bikas Mishra, founder and chief editor of DearCinema.com, will be one of the four members of the " Jury Révélation France 4" of the Cannes Critics’ Week, new category of awards that reflect the passion and enthusiasm of young moviegoers for new filmmaking talent.
The selection of the above-mentioned 4 films at Cannes reflects the amazing vitality of Indian independent film productions that are still unknown to the international audience and survive despite little local support.
An important point to note is the emerging of “crowdfunding” which is a new mode of financing feature films in India and particularly in the commercial capital of Mumbai. Quite a few producer-directors like Onir and Anurag Kashyap have financed their films (I AM, Peddlers) through social networking websites.
For more information : http://www.festival-cannes.fr/en.html
create the “French Cinema" app.
This free, trilingual iPhone app devoted to French cinema is intended for a broad film-going public and for film industry professionals, in France and abroad.
UniFrance Films launches its first free iPhone app totally dedicated to French cinema intended for both the mainstream film-going public and film industry professionals, in France and abroad.
In partnership with Le Film Français magazine, this trilingual app, available in French, English and Spanish, offers, in "push mode," all the latest news about French cinema in France and abroad : films shoots, releases, box office, awards, selections and delegations of the major film festivals and international markets (Cannes, Berlin, Venice, Toronto, Locarno, Busan...)
This app, conceived as a reference tool for all research into French cinema, will also allow the general public to access specific market studies and a complete database of films and artists of contemporary French cinema, accompanied by trailers and photo galleries (14,000 feature film sheets, 10,000 short film sheets, and 300 festival and event sheets). Lastly, the app allows users to access the international directory of film industry professionals (90,000 and 10,000 people and companies respectively).
Bombay, May 3, 2012 at 21.00
Contemporary dance show of Miguel Nosibor and Astad Deboo organised by the Alliance française of Bombay at Prithvi Theatre in partnership with the French Institute and Novotel, Juhu.
The French dance troupe Compagnie En Phase, represented by Miguel Nosibor, comes for a tour in the Alliances Françaises in India. In Mumbai, this choreographer and dancer will perform one of his latest creations, Temps d’arrêt, at Prithvi Theatre. In this solo, he uses his body language to explore his memories and identity. On this occasion, Astad Deboo will present his creations called Sketches. The climax of the evening will be a performance by the duo.
Please collect a flyer of the event from the Alliance Française de Bombay or Prithvi Theatre. On day of the show, present this flyer 30 minutes before the show to ensure a seat. Accommodation for first 200 people (first-come, first-served).
Panjim, from May 3 – 5, 2012 at 18.30
Animation film festival for children organised by Alliance française de Panjim, Goa, at Sunaparanta, Altinho.
May 3 : Alain Gagnol’s Une vie de chat (2010)
Dino is a cat who divides his time between two houses. During the day he stays with Zoe, the daughter of a police commissioner. At night, he climbs the roofs of Paris with Nico, a burglar of great skill. Jeanne, the police commissioner, is overworked. On the one hand, she must stop the perpetrator of numerous jewelry thefts and handle the surveillance of the Colossus of Nairobi, a giant statue coveted by Costa, the criminal responsible for the death of her husband who was also in police force. Since this tragedy, the daughter hasn’t said a word. The events take a momentum the night Zoe surprises Costa and his gang. A chase follows, which lasts until morning and sees all the characters that cross, help each other or fight, even on the roofs of Notre Dame ... French - subtitled in English.
May 4 : Kerity, la maison des contes by Dominique Monfery (2009)
Nathanael will soon be 7 years, but he still does not know how to read ... When his aunt Eleanor bequeathed to him her library containing hundreds of books, Nathanael was very disappointed ! Yet each of these tales will reveal a wonderful secret : at night the little heroes, the delightful Alice, the wicked fairy Carabosse, the terrible Captain Hook, climb out of the books ... They have to inform Nathanel that they are at great risk and in danger of disappearing forever. To save his tiny friends and their stories, Nathanael, shrunk by the Fairy Carabosse, embarks on an adventure ! He will face bravely the very deceitful Ramastou, the giant crabs, the hungry Ogre ... Will he be able to read in time the magic formula that will save them all ? It is not that it doesn’t exist just because if is invented ! French - subtitled in English.
May 5 : Jacques-Rémy Girerd’s Mia et le Migou, (2008)
Mia is a girl as young as ten years. Alerted by a premonition, she decides to leave her native village somewhere in South America to go in search of her father. The latter is working on a gigantic project to transform a rainforest into a luxury serviced apartments. It’s a long distance to find her dad. Mia must cross a distant mountain, surrounded by a forest inhabited by enigmatic and mysterious beings. In the heart of this world of legend, the girl discovers an unusual tree and confronts the real forces of nature. An extraordinary experience ... French -subtitled in English.
Indore, May 5, 2012 at 18.30
Screening of the film The Artist by Michel Hazanavicius
The Film Society Sutradhar, in partnership with the Indore centre of Alliance française of Bhopal, brings to you The Artist by Michel Hazanavicius at 18.30 at Jaal Sabhagrah and at South Tukogan.
Bombay, May 7, 2012 at 18.30
Music for (prepared) bicycles, a project by Caecilia Tripp at the Alliance française de Bombay.
Following the exhibition at Clark House Initiative, this film will be screen at the Alliance. The global project consists of seven “prepared” bicycles in echo with “Music of change” by John Cage (1951) which will lead to seven sonic bicycle processions through seven different major cities. Each bicycle procession through the city is filmed. The bicycle wheels are strung with musical strings of an electric guitar, and playing cards are placed in between the spikes, provoking musical sounds as the bicycle is on the move.
Q & A after the screening.
Bombay, May 10, 2012 at 19.30
« Art Thursdays » and screening of the 4th part of the short film cycle « Résolument animés - On n’est pas des machines »
On the occasion of Art Thursdays, the Alliance Française de Bombay will screen, in partnership with Sakshi Gallery, the fourth part of the cycle “Résolument animés” during the exhibition Surveillance – on the other end of the Spectrum by Gipin Varghese.
The challenge to death, by Juan Pablo Zaramella
For the very first time in front of a camera, Fahaki Ayunanda puts his entire body into a blender and is certain that he will still be alive after it is switched on.
Berni’s doll, by Yann Jouette
Lowly factory employee Berni attempts to overcome his loneliness by buying a woman made up of spare parts from developing countries.
Workin’progress, by Gabriel Garcia & Benjamin Fligans
Good workers never work alone. With number comes efficiency… until the line is broken ! An urban musical set to frenetic music.
Bob, by Jean-Pierre Poirel
In a huge industrial plant, slave labourers scurry about, transferred and reformatted by mobile clocking-in-machines.
The process, by Xavier de L’hermuzière & Philippe Grammaticopoulos
Monotony kills the individual. A subject that Raoul Servais holds dear.
The windmill, by Florian Thouret
Through love, a man disrupts the established system of a village dominated by a windmill.
Bombay, from May 9 – 12, 2012
"Urban culture project" organised with Alliance française de Bombay.
Urban and popular culture has often been under rated, even though it represents the people’s voice. Being aware that artistic exchanges are essential for a music scene to develop, European institutions are now bringing their contribution to today’s ever-growing hip hop scene in India.
The European institutions are inviting some of the best artists from their countries, and the music local partners are coordinating the project on-ground and involving local artists. The project will feature workshops during 4 days, for young talents and under privileged children from May 9th till 12th, and a big all-night performance at blueFROG on May 12th.
On May 9th : Graffiti workshop @ Cool Chef café (time t.b.c) - Breakdance / Beat box workshops with Dharavi Rocks, from 6 to 8 pm, at St-Xaviers college (Mahim)
On May 10th : Graffiti workshop @ Chapel Road (time t.b.c) - To register : firstname.lastname@example.org - Breakdance workshops @ Little Raina Hall , (Andheri) - from 4 to 7 pm - To register : email@example.com
On May 11th : Graffiti workshop @ Chapel Road (time t.b.c) - To register : firstname.lastname@example.org - Breakdance workshops @ Little Raina Hall , (Andheri) - from 4 to 7 pm - To register : email@example.com
On May 12th : Live at Blue Frog from 6pm onwards featuring european and indian artists : breakdance, graffiti and beatbox !
Ahmedabad, May 12, 2012 at 19.00
Franco-Gujarati Literary Links : Speech on Molière and his plays translated in Gujrati by Dr. Mahesh Champaklal Shah organised by Alliance française of Ahmedabad at Gujarati Sahitya Parishad.
Panjim, May 12 – 13, 2012
Book Fair at the Alliance française of Panjim, Goa.
Bombay, May 14, 2012 at 18.30
Cine-club : Hadewijch, by Bruno Dumont (105’) at the Alliance française de Bombay.
Hadewijch, a novice nun, shocks the mother superior of her convent with her ecstatic blind faith, and is kicked out of the order. Hadewijch becomes Celine again, a young Parisian girl and daughter of a diplomat, and is led down dangerous paths in the real world, balancing between grace and madness in her rage and passionate love for God.
Bombay, May 15, 2012 at 19.00
Documentaries : In_transience / Good morning Mumbai ! / Jan Villa at the Alliance française de Bombay in partnership with Vikalp Film Archive.
In_transience, by Yashaswini Raghumandan & Ekta Mittal (27‘)
Good morning Mumbai !, by Rajesh Thakare & Troy Vashant C (12’)
Jan Villa, by Natasha Mendonca (20’)
Bombay, May 16 at 19.00
Cinema : La fleur du mal, by Claude Chabrol (100’), a projection organized by the Alliance française de Bombay in partnership with Prithvi Theatre and Institut Français.
Ahmedabad, May 19, 2012
Monthly Cine-club : Les Petits Ruisseaux by Pascal Rabaté by the Alliance française of Ahmedabad at 19.00 at Gujarati Sahitya Parishad.
Bombay, May 22, 2012 at 18.30
Cine-Club : La folle histoire d’amour de Simon Eskenazy , by Jean-Jacques Zilbermann (100’), at the Alliance française de Bombay.
Bombay, May 24, 2012
Inauguration of Mumbai International Queer Film Festival (MIQF) at the Alliance française de Bombay auditorium in partnership with Kashish.
KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival is the first and only gay & lesbian film festival in India to be held in a mainstream theatre and the only queer festival to receive clearance from the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. The festival is organized by Solaris Pictures and Bombay Dost in association with The Humsafar Trust.
KASHISH 2012’s theme is ‘FOR EVERYONE’. The festival is open for everyone and it is a FREE event.
This year the Country Focus is France. The festival will screen two highly acclaimed French Features GIGOLA directed by Laure Charpentier and LE FIL (The String) directed by Mehdi Ben Attia. There will also be a special package of French shorts with a diverse spectrum of LGBT films.
For more details, please check KASHISH website http://www.mumbaiqueerfest.com
Ahmedabad, May 25 – 29, 2012 at 19.00
Documentary Film Festival organised by the Alliance française of Ahmedabad at Gujarati Sahitya Parishad.
- May 25 : Entre nos Mains by Mariana Otero
- May 26 : Nostalgia de la Lumière by Patricio
- May 27 : Odessa... Odessa ! by Michale Bogamin
- May 28 : La Terre des Âmes Errantes by Rithy Panh
- May 29 : Cheminot by Luc Joulé and Sébastien Jousse
Bhopal, May 26, 2012 at 16.00
Cinema : Tout ce qui brille by Géraldine Nakache and Hervé Mimran (2010) with Leïla Bekhti, Géraldine Nakache, Audrey Lamy, Virginie Ledoyen (France, 100 min.) ; at the Alliance française of Bhopal. Tout ce qui Brille is a story of some young French girls who stay in suburban Paris and attempt to fit in with the Parisian high society (VOST Eng).
Indore, May 26, 2012 at 16.00
Cinema : Les témoins by André Téchiné (2007) with Michel Blanc, Emmanuelle Béart, Sami Bouajila, Julie Depardieu (France, 92 min.) ; at the Indore Centre of the Alliance française of Bhopal.
Paris, 1984 - The lives of a close-knit group of friends are upset by the sudden onset of the AIDS epidemic. They witness how happy times change. (VOST Eng).
Bombay, May 28, 2012 at 18.30
Cinema : Les inséparables , by Christine Dory, (100’) at the Alliance française de Bombay.
Bombay, May 29, 2012 at 18h30
Documentary : ’Zindabad’, by Guillermo Fernandez Florez & Paul-Antoine Lemaille (60’), at the Alliance française de Bombay, in partnership with The Roots and Ghar Bachao Ghar Banao Andolan.