Guest of honor at the tenth edition of Angoulême’s Francophone Film Festival, which officially started on Tuesday, August 22, Ivorian First Lady Dominique Ouattara was at the opening ceremony.
A myriad of stars, Actors, administrative, political and media personalities, met on Tuesday, August 22, in the beautiful garden of a hotel complex in the city of Angoulême for the traditional opening cocktail of the Francophone Film Festival.
Amongts them, First Lady of Cote d’Ivoire, Dominique Ouattara, the former French head of state, François Hollande, the Mayor of Paris, Anne Hildago, American actor John Malkovich, French actresses Juliette Binoche, Catherine Deneuve, television presenter Claire Chazal etc.
Ms. Ouattara is the special guest and Côte d’Ivoire, the country in the spotlight for this 10th edition. “The Angoulême Film Festival has gained its acclaim (…) This great event of the seventh art is also an opportunity to promote cultural diversity through the different countries invited each year,” she said in her speech speech. “For a week, our country will showcase its cinematographic know-how through ten feature films produced by talented directors and Ivorian actors whose films will be shown to the public.”
The Ivorian Minister of Culture and Francophonie, Maurice Kouakou Bandaman, reaffirmed the will of President Alassane Ouattara to make culture an essential pillar of the emergence of Côte d’Ivoire.
The presentation and launch of the film “Au Revoir de l ‘haut” by Albert Dupontel (taken from the novel by Pierre Lemaitre, Prix Goncourt 2013) ended this evening full of emotions. The drummers of the Ivorian group “Les Femmes Battantes” ensured the artistic note of the evening, thus making the pride of the Ivorian delegation.