Programme

Rising Voices

Bénédicte Liénard & Mary Jiménez

Belgium, Luxembourg, France , 2015 / 95 min / French, English and Arabic OV with French subtitles / Drama

An involving drama boiling a world's worth of refugee crises down into a single ensemble piece.

Their names are Moktar, Najat, Joseph, Gernaz, Duraid, Hayder, Kader, Esma... They fled Syria, Iraq, Iran, Congo, Morocco and Niger. Together, they occupy a church. They will risk their lives for asylum. They have begun counting down the days; a test of strength in itself. Inside the church, Kader has assumed the role of leader, but, mysteriously, sometimes he is missing. Day by day, devotedly, Esma cares for the community. Exhaustion increases; tensions rise. But bonds are forged and strengthened. Between betrayal and brotherhood, the group will have to put itself to the test, and face up to the challenge.

An involving drama boiling a world's worth of refugee crises down into a single ensemble piece.

Screenings
Thu 03/03 19:00 Ciné Utopia French, English and Arabic OV with French subtitles Public http://www.utopolis.lu

“An involving drama boiling a world's worth of refugee crises down into a single ensemble piece.” John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter, 15/12/2015

“A claustrophobic drama that couldn't possibly be more timely.” John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter, 15/12/2015

Cast & Credits
Cast 
Maryam Zarée, Assaâd Bouab, Sam Louwyck, Ahmet Rifat Sungar
Screenplay 
Bénédicte Liénard & Mary Jimenez
Cinematographer 
Hichame Alaouie
Sound 
Philippe Kohn
Set 
Marc Ridremont
Music 
Catherine Graindorge
Production 
Tarantula Belgique, Tarantula Luxembourg
Coproduction 
JBA Production
Distribution 
Tarantula Luxembourg
Biography

After her studies in film direction at the “Institut des Arts de Diffusion” in Leuven, Bénédicte Liénard worked  as an assistant to the Dardenne brothers, before  shooting her first feature film “Rising voices”(2002), coproduced by Tarantula Luxembourg. Since then, she made two documentaries including “Sobre las Brasas” co-directed with Mary Jimenéz. Mary Jiménez, a Peruvian director, has taught cinema in Belgium, Cuba and Switzerland. Many of her feature films and documentaries were screened in various film festivals. “Rising Voices” is the second film she made together with Bénédicte Liénard, after “Sobre las Brasas” (2013).

Filmography
  • Bénédicte Liénard
  • 2016 Le Chant des Hommes
  • 2013 Sobre las Brasas (Sur les braises) (documentary)
  • 2012 D’arbres et de charbon (documentary)
  • 2002 Une part du ciel
  • 1997 Tête au mur (documentary)
  • Mary Jiménez
  • 2016 Le Chant des Hommes
  • 2013 Sobre las Brasas (Sur les braises) (documentary)
  • 2012 Héros sans visage
  • 2006 La Position du lion couché (documentary)
  • 1998 Loco Lucho (documentary)
  • 1989 L’air de rien
  • 1988 Fiestas (documentary)
  • 1985 La Moitié de l’amour
  • 1985 Du verbe aimer (Documentary-fiction)
  • 1981 21:12 piano bar