Bonjour Cinema 2009

March 21 to 25: BMICH Cinema Hall: 2:30 p.m.

A children’s film programme will be held to coincide with the Bonjour Cinema 2009, organised by the embassies of country members of Francophonie in Sri Lanka (Belgium, Canada, France, Romania and Switzerland) and the Alliance Française of Colombo.
Bonjour Cinema is organised in association with the BMICH, Bonsoir, National Film Cooperation, Hilton, and Colombo Film Circle.


Saturday, March 21

Nico La Taupe, directed by Brian Duchscherer (Canada/ 2002 /Colour /22 minutes)
Synopsis: Nico, a cute little mole, keeps losing its lunch box and fails everything in class and in life until a visit to the optometrist changes it all.
Awards: Norman McLaren Award for Best Animation

Sunday, March 22

La Prophetie Des Grenouilles, directed by Jacques-Rémy Girard (France / 2003 / Colour / 90 minutes)
Synopsis: A new flood is drowning the Earth. A small heterogeneous band, led by Ferdinand (modern times’ Noah), succeed in defying the raging elements. Both humans and animals embark in a fantastic and whirling adventure… ‘Raining Cats and Frogs’ is a tumultuous fable based on the story of Noah’s Ark.
Awards: Crystal Bear, special mention – Berlin International Film Festival 2004

Monday, March 23

Globi, directed by Robi Engler (Suisse / 2003 / Colour / 72 minutes)
Synopsis: Rock musician Benji leads a charmed life until the day the evil Maestro steals his shadow in order to take possession of Benji’s musical talent. At first, Benji loses the ability to play, then he slowly becomes invisible. Desperate to help his friend, Globi follows the maestro to his old ‘Opera house’ and discovers that the villain has been stealing the shadows of all the gifted musicians, so that he may rule the world of music. With Globi’s help, Benji and his musical partner Lucinda set out to regain their stolen shadows. Will the three of them be able to conquer the evil Maestro and save Benji’s life?

Tuesday, March 24

U, directed by Serge Cocante (France / 2006 / Colour / 75 minutes)
Synopsis: Mona is an orphan princess Or pheline. One day, a unicorn called U appears to comfort her. She grows up and discovers Wéwés, a troupe of peaceful beings. Among them, Kulka, a dreamy musician.

Wednesday, March 25

Pom, Le Poulain, directed by Olivier Ringer (Belgium/France/2006, Colour / 85 minutes)
Synopsis: In the forest, Mirabelle, the mare, is the proud mother of Pom and is the best horse of the team. Made wrongly responsible for an accident which wounded the boss’s son, she’s sold and separated from her foal. Julien, the old groom, would like to help the young horse, but Pom is too desperate. Mirabelle will do everything possible to find and bring back her foal.
Entrance free. All films are subtitled in English.

 Public lecture

March 16
Management of Education: Decentralisation and Devolution, by President and CEO of AdvancED, United States, Dr Mark A. Elgart (will be linked via Digital Video Conferencing) with Deputy Director, Ministry of Education, Sri Lanka, Dr Jayantha Balasooriya, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the American Centre, 44, Galle Road, Colombo 3. It is a part of the public lecture series on ‘Education – Investing in Future Generations’ by the American Centre and Room to Read. Seating is limited. Call 249 8106 or 249 8163 for registration.


 Public talk

March 15
To Be Utterly Free Of Disorder, organised by the Krishnamurti Centre, Sri Lanka, at the Public Library, Colombo 7, at 10:30 a.m.


Until March 25
Sanctity of Life, by the women artists of the Vibhavi Academy commemorating International Women’s Day, at the Vibhavi Academy, 39, New Jayaweera Mawatha, Athul Kotte.
Until March 27
A New Beginning, by David Pretre, at the Alliance Francais de Colombo, 11, Barnes Place, Colombo 7.
March 15
An exhibition of art by the National Art Council, at the Lionel Wendt Art Gallery, Colombo 7.


March 15
Apasu Harenna Be by Rajitha Dissanayake, at the Lionel Wendt Theatre, Colombo 7.
March 21
Sanda Langa Maranaya by Kaushalya Fernando, at the Lionel Wendt Theatre, Colombo 7, at 7 p.m.

 Beer Pitcher

March 23 to 29
Beer Pitcher Promotion at the Galadari Hotel, Colombo 11 a.m. to 12 midnight