French / Spanish film fest


A Spanish film season at the Alliance Française du Cap in Cape Town will start with the launch of a French-Spanish love drama, Jose Luis Guerin’s Dans la ville de Sylvia (City of Sylvia), which will be screened with English subtitles. This screening takes place at 7pm on 8 March at 155 Loop Street.

Following that a series of other film screenings will take place at the Alliance Française du Cap as part of a festival of art and culture. The central theme of the festival is “Encounters of Peoples and Mixing Cultures’.

Shosholoza Express by German filmmaker Beatrice Moller interrogates South Africa’s racial prejudices that still exist in a post-apartheid era. Its synopsis reads: “As the film travels through modern metropolises, destitute townships and endless landscapes, it tells a tale of lasting resentments, inner divisions and lingering prejudices. All the passengers are on the same train, going in the same direction, but not all are in the same compartment.’

Also on show is My African Family, a documentary by Swiss-German director Thomas Thumena. It is described as a “tragic-comic love story where money, a coup and dead monkeys cause commotion in daily life’. It delves into the relationship of a cross-racial couple determined to stick together, despite their differences as European and African.

The full programme and booking details is available on


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