Snows of Kilimanjaro, The | Les neiges du Kilimandjaro – dir. Robert Guédiguian, 2011

date: 03/08/2012 time: 12:00 place: PGE Cinema film program: special screenings artistic program: films

FR 2011 | 107 min.
reżyser|director Robert Guédiguian producent|producer Malek Hamzaoui scenariusz|writer Robert Guédiguian, Jean-Louis Milesi zdjęcia|photography Pierre Milon muzyka|music Pascal Mayer montaż|editor Bernard Sasia obsada|cast Ariane Ascaride, Jean-Pierre Darroussin, Gérard Meylan, Marilyne Canto, Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet dystrybucja|distribution Films Distribution

A warm story for a time of crisis. Michel (Jean-Pierre Darroussin) and Marie-Claire (Ariane Ascaride) lead a happy life. They have been loving each other for almost 30 years and now have grown-up children, charming grandkids, and a circle of close friends. They are proud of their beliefs and life choices. Michel belongs to a labour union, but he loses his job. The couple copes with this difficult situation calmly. One day, they are robbed and beaten up by masked men who take their savings. In this situation the couple cannot go on a trip to Kilimanjaro, which was funded as a present by their friends. They will be very surprised once they learn about the perpetrator’s situation. A nostalgic portrayal of the French middle class which believes in ideals and human solidarity.

2011 The European Parliament LUX Prize

Robert Guédiguian (1953)
French director, scriptwriter, actor, and producer. Comes from a working class family. Developed an early interest in politics and was a member of the French Communist Party. In his films, he emphasises social and local contexts – the action often takes place in his hometown, Marseille, as in “Marius and Jeanette” (1997).