lundi 8 décembre 2008

Aubenas: rendezvous of European cinemas

How many of you know that there is a film festival in this little town of Ardeche called Aubenas? Between the 17th and the 23rd of November the members of “The House of Image” association organized the 10th edition of “Rencontres des cinemas d’Europe”.

First of all I have to say that the region is wonderful: in the middle of the mountains, with a lot of narrow and forgotten roads, with old villages and a lot of chestnuts.

One of the things I loved the most about this festival was that they really had a meeting space. During the festival one of their headquarters’ main rooms (Centre culturel Le Bournot) was turned into a convivial location, with tables and chairs, with a bar and a small restaurant, with a scene for discussions and a film set. During the lunch and dinner time a lot of people gathered here to talk about the films they’ve seen, about the directors they’ve meet, about this big event that transformed their ordinary lives. And the best part was that the people who couldn’t see the films on Saturday and Sunday evening because the cinema halls were packed could come here and turn their frustration into a good moment spent with their friends.

The most important guests of this year’s edition were Jean Louis TRINTIGNAN and Jean Pierre DARROUSIN. I only met the the first one and I can tell you that I was deeply touched by the gentleness, the modesty and the passion for theatre and poetry of this great actor. If you ever have the chance to see his film “Une journée bien remplie” do not think twice!

Last but not least, in the surroundings of Aubenas there is a splendid little castle, owned by a nice family who turned it into an hotel: Chateau d'Uzer : Enjoy your staying!

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