Event: Mosaïques festival, London

The Institut français’ yearly 'celebration of cultural diversity', Mosaïques, is back for its 9th edition, and the programme also includes cinema, so a good chance to catch up on world cinema. Venues include the Ritzy Cinema (11–17 May), the Greenwich Picturehouse (16 & 20 May), the V&A (26/27 May & 2/3 June) and the British Museum (22 June).

This year’s line-up includes some UK premieres. There’s new work by Tony Gatlif (Transylvania), Singapore’s Royston Tan (4:30) and Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, who will join audiences for a screening of his first film Bye Bye Africa and for previews of his latest feature, Daratt (Dry Season). From Egypt, two modern portraits of the capital – These Girls and The Yacoubian Building – will screen with Youssef Chachine’s 1957 classic Cairo Station. And from Algeria, director Rabah Ameur-Zaïmeche will join us for screenings of his dyptic Wesh Wesh, What’s Up? and Bled Number One, shown here in conjunction with recent video work by artist Zineb Sedira, part of a large strand of films examining what it means to be Algerian today. Screening as a counterpoint to these contemporary films will be the 1965 classic The Battle of Algiers followed by a Q&A with Saadi Yacef, a veteran of the battle, producer and actor in the film and author of the book on which the film is based. Other names attending include actor Birol Ünel (star of 2004’s Head On) for the preview screening of Transylvania, Kazakh director Rustam Khamdamov (Vocal Parallels), and from Argentina, Alexis Dos Santos, director of the coming-of-age tale Glue.

Institut Francais

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