It seems like some changes are taking place lately; some, for better, some for… less. But as always, it mostly depends of which side of the fence you belong to.
St Barth Film Festival – 22nd edition – 25-30 April 2017
The St. Barth Film Festival was created in 1996, allowing the island of St Barts to open its doors to the cultural richness of the Caribbean through cinema. The success of the first edition promoted its growth to become an annual event. The following subsequent years of the festival confirmed the role of Cinéma Caraïbes as being an important showcase for the Caribbean cinema. As being now a confirmed event on the island’s cultural calendar, the festival stated St Barths as a meeting location for regional and international filmmakers to gather their creativity on screen and to share and talk about their work. In addition to the films screened at A.J.O.E. in Lorient, on the beach in Flamands, or on the docks in Gustavia, the St. Barth Film Festival also organizes a dedicated-to-school program, in which filmmakers work with the island’s students and teachers to discover filmmaking, as both a career option and as a way of cultural expression. The festival also hosts a debate about the Caribbean cinema, and afternoon video screenings, open to the public. All movies and videos presented during the Festival are broadcasted in their original language with French subtitles. Cinéma Caraïbe is organized by Ellen Lampert-Gréaux, Joshua Harrison, Rosemond Gréaux, and Sophie Maupoil, thanks to the accomodation provided by the non-profit French association Ciné Saint-Barth, but also with the generous support of the Collectivity of St. Barthélemy, the DAC in Guadeloupe (Cultural Affairs Office of the French Ministry of Culture, A.J.O.E., Ciné Woulé, and the St. Barth Tourist Office, not to mention other cultural organizations in St. Barth. Numerous island hotels, restaurants and businesses appear as local sponsors since the Festival first took place on the island.
8pm Opening night, AJOE in Lorient, 5 €. Movie: Santa y Andres by Carlos Lechuga. Cuba | France | Colombia, 2016, 105 min. Spanish with French subtitles.
4pm Théâtre du Paradis in Gustavia, free admission. Movie: Capesterre-Sans-Eau by Daniel Matias. Guadeloupe (Ateliers Varan), 2017, 41 min. French and Creole.
8pm AJOE in Lorient,5€. Movies:
Féfé limbé by Julien Silloray, and Ayiti mon Amour Guetty Felin. France | Guadeloupe, 2016, 27 min. French and Creole.
Ayiti mon Amour by Guetty Felin. Haiti | USA, 2016, 88 min. Creole, French, English, Japanese with French subtitles
4pm Théâtre du Paradis, in Gustavia, free admission. Movie: Le Gardien du Non Retour Steve & Stéphanie. Guadeloupe, 2016, 60 min. French
8pm Flamands beach, free admission. Movies:
Sur les traces des mégaptères by Jérôme Greneche. France | St-Martin, 2016, 32 min.
Argentina by Carlos Saura. Argentine | France | Espagne, 2015, 87 min. Spanish with French subtitles.
4pm Théâtre du Paradis in Gustavia, free admission. Movie: Ciné Woulé: Un Road Movie by Fabienne Orain Chomaud. Guadeloupe, 2016, 52 min. French
8pm AJOE in Lorient, 5€. Movies:
Unwritten by Pascal Pernix. Cayman Islands, 2016, 18 min. English with French subtitles
Le Gang des Antillais by Jean-Claude Barny. France, 2016, 90 min. French with English subtitles
10am Le Repaire in Gustavia, free admission. Discussions about the movie Le Gang des Antillais, with Jean-Claude Barny, Sébastien Onomo, and Loic Léry.
4pm Théâtre du Paradis in Gustavia, free admission. Movie: Tourments d’Amour by Caroline Jules. Guadeloupe, 2015, 50 min. Creole, French with French subtitles.
8pm AJOE in Lorient, 5€. Movie: La Tortue Rouge (The Red Turtle) by Michaël Dudok de Wit. France | Belgium, 2016, 80 min. Animated film without words.
7:30pm Closing party, Quai du Général de Gaulle, free admission. Movie: Havana Moon Paul Dugdale. UK | Cuba, 2016, 110 min. English with French subtitles. Followed by live concert by Sound Citizens.
The Cuban film, Santa y Andres, is about changing hearts: two people lose their misconceptions about each other. Le Gang des Antillais (the Caribbean Gang) is about changing your perspective. The protagonist confronts losing faith, resorting to violence, and regaining a sense of purpose through personal struggle. La tortue rouge (the Red Turtle) deals with change coming when you least expect it, and with learning from your own acts of desperation. Ayiti mon amour focuses on internal change; it explores the power that comes from imagining that your life can be more than your material surroundings. Argentina shows that through music and dance just about anything seems possible. Even the impossible, such as The Rolling Stones performing live in Cuba, as recorded in Havana Moon. Join us on this powerful cinematic journey, and perhaps you will sense some changes in your own way of looking at the world
More information on the official website.