This year’s Berlinale winner and Agnés Varda’s last film to screen at Valletta Film Festival 2019

Film Grain Foundation is pleased to announce the first five titles selected for this year’s Valletta Film Festival:

SYNONYMS, winner of the Golden Bear for Best Film at this year’s Berlinale, will be one of ten films showing at the open-air theatre of Pjazza Teatru Rjal during the fifth edition of Valletta Film Festival.

The French-Israeli co-production directed by Nadav Lapid tells the story of Yoav, a young Israeli, determined to wipe out his origins and become French.

Guatemalan filmmaker Jayro Bustamante (Ixcanul Volcano) will be returning to Valletta Film Festival with his second feature TREMORS a film about a father, a role model and a practicing evangelical Christian whose perfect traditional life begins to crack when he falls in love with a man. The film will also be screened at Pjazza Teatru Rjal.

Valletta Film Festival will be honouring the memory and work of the late Agnés Varda by showing her last film VARDA BY AGNÈS. The film forms part of the Without Borders selection that will be focusing on francophone films.

The unpredictable documentary from the fascinating storyteller sheds light on her experience as a director, bringing a personal insight to what she calls “cine-writing,” traveling from Rue Daguerre in Paris to Los Angeles and Beijing.

The Islanders section will feature a production from Malta – BAĦAR ŻMIEN (Of Time and the Sea) by Peter Sant – an allegorical film about a state of inactivity that explores the usefulness and pain of memory, and attends to the contemporary situation of a life. It stars Ruth Borg and Narcy Calamatta.

Another film in this section is CAPRI-REVOLUTION by Mario Martone. Set on the island of Capri in 1914, it tells the story of an encounter between a goatherd, a commune of young artists and the island’s young doctor.

Valletta Film Festival will take place from Friday 14 to Sunday 23 June 2019.

The full programme of the festival will be announced in early June.

Passes for the event can be bought from here. Individual tickets will go on sale a couple of weeks before

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