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Divertimento

Marie-Castille MENTION-SCHAAR

  • France
  • 2022
  • 115min
  • 12 +
  • DCP
  • color

Korean Premiere

SYNOPSIS

Classical symphonic music is everything for 17-year-old Zahia Ziouani and her twin sister, Fettouma. Nevertheless, living in underprivileged Parisian suburbs in 1995 with their Algerian background, they struggle arduously to approach their dreams – becoming an orchestra conductor and a cellist. ​

PROGRAM NOTE

The film Divertimento portrays the real life of Zahia Ziouani, one of the few female conductors in the world. The film is set in 1995 when Zahia was 17 years old and takes place in France. Zahia and her twin sister, Fettouma, strive to pursue their dreams of becoming an orchestra conductor and cellist, respectively, despite their challenging circumstances. She faces the barriers at various crossroads, including “being a young girl,” or being bullied by other children, but still struggles to achieve her dreams.
Divertimento weaves Zahia’s relationships with those around her, shifting between the suburb of Stains, where her Algerian working-class family lives, and the prestigious high school in Paris. The film builds each note meticulously, resonating with the structure of Maurice Ravel’s Boléro, which is meaningfully inserted into the film. Particularly, in the ending sequence where Zahia’s newly formed orchestra, the Divertimento Symphony Orchestra, performs Boléro aligns perfectly with her line, “Music may not change the world, but people can,” as if it were Zahia’s declaration. [LEE Suyoung, Cinefemme]

schedule

Code Time Theater Grade
120 2023-08-25 | 19:30 - 21:25 PE
307 2023-08-27 | 11:00 - 12:55 MEGABOX SangamWorldcup 7

Director

  • Marie-Castille MENTION-SCHAAR

    Marie-Castille Mention-Schaar started her career as a journalist, and went on to become editor-in-chief of the Hollywood Reporter in Los Angeles. In 2005, she founded “Le cercle feminin du cinema francais”, an association gathering women professionals of the cinema industry, and currently serves as president.

     

Credit

  • ProducerOlivier GASTINEL, Marc-BENOIT CRÉANCIER
  • Cast Oulaya AMAMRA, Lina EL ARABI, Niels ARESTRUP, Zinedine SOUALEM, Nadia KACI, Laurent CIRADE
  • Screenwriter Clara BOURREAU, Marie-Castille MENTION-SCHAAR
  • Cinematographer Naomi AMARGER
  • Editor Benoit QUINON
  • Sound Guillaume VALEIX, Jean-NOËL YVEN, Christophe VINGTRINIER

CONTACT

Challan | CHOI Minju | mj@challan.co.kr