From March 18 to March 23,

MUSIC&FILM Festival in Aubagne celebrates its 20 this year! The program of the eclectic official competition includes 72 short and full-length feature films. For a happy life  directed by Salima Sarah Glamine and Dimitri Linder – laureate of the critic’s prize at International French film festival in Namur- will open the competition, followed by Seule à Mon Mariage. A film directed by Marta Bergman in which Pamela, a young Rom, wishes to escape from her tough condition, thanks to a wedding in Belgium. There are also family dramas Erased, Sasha Was Here and Take It or Leave It. Or the French-Greek film Meltem and My Foolish Heart, whose starting point is the famous trumpeter Chet Baker’s death, with a lighter and original note.

We may also quote the documentaries The Island of the Hungry Ghost shot by Gabrielle Brady and A Woman Captured by Bernadett Tuza-Ritter about european slavery and forced migration.

As for the music, the week will be paced by a concert tribute to film’s music, a vinyl party, a jazz session and Chinese Man’s and Guts’ DJ Sets.

It will also be the opportunity to rediscover the mythical Mississipi Burning, (Alan Parker, 1988) in the composer Trevor Jones’ presence, and to meet Patrick Doyle, Kenneth Branagh’s favourite composer, as part of the festival’s Carte Blanche.

Bruno Debrandt (Engrenages), Florencia Di Concilio, Nathalie Courville and Cyrille Aufort, jury members for full length feature films, will have to decide between these fiction films and documentaries from the new generation of the seventh art.

Finally, the Flemish actor Felix Van Groeningen and director Catherine Corsini will go through Aubagne in order to introduce My Beautiful Boy and Un Amour Impossible, as special guests.

Lisa Muratore.