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The film will screen at a special session organized by The Alliance Française and Timandra Stage on the occasion of Bruno Chatelin’s masterclass at Unipanamerica University (Film marketing).

The film will be introduced by Bruno Chatelin and will be followed by Roman de Gare and some Q&A.


Ensemble continues to travel on the festival circuit

The Jewish Eye Festival held this year will be the ninth Festival of Jewish Film with a theme of Jewish culture and identity. In the world there operate nearly a hundred of Jewish films Festivals every year and the Festival "Jewish Eye" is gaining momentum and a place of honor among them.

All films shown during the Festival are Israeli premiere and sometimes this is an only show in Israel. Otherwise Israeli audience could not see them.

Main theme of the program will be "The Courage in saving Jews lives". There will be the presentation of 14 films from 7 countries that tell stories of risking life for saving Jews.

The Festival opens on -16.10.12 with the film "Follow me – the Yoni Netanyahu story" About the commander of the Entebbe raid that freed the hostages of the Air France plane at the cost of his own life.

Another film called "Turkish passport" tells about Turkish Diplomats who managed to save the life of hundred of Jews by giving them Turkish (false and real) passports that allowed them to freedom.

Like the story of Giorgio Perlasca, Italian, who served as the Spanish Attaché in the Spanish Embassy in Budapest saving over 5000 Jews from their death.

Another film is about the Swiss Carl Lutz to whom thousands of inmates of the “Glass House "owe him their lives.

Among the films we will show a film on Raoul Wallenberg, the best knownamong the Righteous, and a film on a Kady (Muslim leader) who hid over 600 Jewish kids in his mosque in Paris thus saving them.

And more stories of heroism and humanity which gave life to Jews and opened doors to hope in life.

A special evening will be dedicated to a French-Moroccan director who filmed a particularly exciting story of the Jews from the Atlas Mountains. They had lived for 2000 years with the local Berber population, then suddenly, with the creation of the State of Israel left the villages all as one and moved to Israel.

Before the screening there will be a performance of singer Micha Bitton singing and telling about his childhood between Jerusalem and Shderot.

Another special event we called "a Glance to the (Orthodox) Cinema" offers diverse audience Orthodox Films produced and distributed among orthodox audiences. On this theme we shall meet with the creator behind the film "The dreamers" and the author MERLYN VINIG who wrote about the fascinating world of Haredi Cinema.

Moreover, the Festival salutes the Film Department of Tel Aviv University now celebrating 40 years of existence and creation, which will include graduates’ films concerning Jewish issues in an unusual cinematic way, and a festive screening of the film "BABYLON BLUES" which raises aromas ofrhythm, music, and especially something different that not yet seen on the screen.

The Festival serves as variegated junction of Jewish culture: stories from Eastern Europe, North Africa, Asia, North and South America and of course Israel, Jewish history, Holocaust memories, customs and Festivals in Israel, faith and Jewish life, Israel-Diaspora Relations, personal stories that reflect universal and private themes.

All this will be a great celebration of Jewish culture.

As in former years awards competition will be held under three categories – feature films, documentaries and TV films each offering a cash prize.

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‘ENSEMBLE’ got an HONORABLE MENTION in the section of Short Films of our festival.
You can find more info about the Awards and a short Festival Summary for 2012 in our website >>

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Bruno Chatelin has been named « Parrain » of the festival he will mentor the edition set to unspool march 30 & 31 inLille and offer a masterclass around the promotion of film.

the opening film will be I am Slave followed by a gala presentation of Ensemble.

He will focus his presentation on the fairy tale story of Boyz’n the Hood by John Singleton, which he promoted to a Cannes presentation which transfomed the Box Office results (by some 20M according to the Studio Chief) and was a defining moment in John Singleton’s career.

The news just came that Ensemble will play in official selection at two important festivals in the USA:

– 45th Houston Worldfest (April 13-22) playing the amazing AMC multiplex.
The festival which revealed George Lucas and Stephen Spielberg is waiting for the new work by Mohamed Fekrane.

Houston Poster

– 13th Palm Beach International Film Festival which runs April 11- 19, 2012


The film was selected by Cinergia Forum of European Cinema in Lodz (Novembre 2011)  for a special gala screening with Q&A by Bruno Chatelin, the producer, with Mariola Wiktor, the Festival Director.



9th Mediterranean Short Film Festival of Tangier (October 3 – 8, 2011)

Ensemble played for the opening ceremony of  The Tanger National Film Festival to a full audience (1500) with a standing ovation. The film is also selected for the 9th Agadir Film Festival.












Look back at Ensemble in Cannes

Publié: septembre 19, 2011 dans Festival history
Our first festival presentation was in Cannes, may 20th, the film was among the 8 winners of Banlieuz’Art
Thousands of media in attendance, Cannes is a place to launch a career!
The director and cast at the party following the presentation.
Présentation gagnante à Cannes!
La première présentation du film Ensemble dans un festival a eu lieu le 20 mai 2011 à Cannes, rien que cela, premier film, première sélection et hop…en voiture pour Cannes. Le film figure dans la sélection des 8 films gagnants de Banlieuz’Art (8 comme 8 départements en Ile de France) a été projettée en accord avec le festival dans la salle Bazin le 20 mai.
Interview réalisé sur la Terrazza Martini, à Cannes, il y a plus dur.
Next stop pour le film Festival d’Aruba, puis l’ouverture du second Festival de Lagos, Nigeria, Eko International Film Festival (mais là on n ‘y va pas).

Ensemble goes to Aruba

Publié: juin 13, 2011 dans Festival history

Ensemble was shown june 13th on Tolerance day in Aruba festival in a Tolerance Program with 3 other films

Aruba International Film Festival (AIFF) is joining Fundacion Respeta Bida in supporting an Island wide “Tolerance Day” (Sunday, June 12th) by extending the event an extra day to Monday, June 13th to host a special screening series. The announcement was made by Festival founders Giuseppe Cioccarrelli and Jonathan Vieira and AIFF Artistic Director Claudio Masenza.

On Monday, June 13th AIFF sponsored a special screening showcase consisting of four films, free to the public, all dealing with the subject of tolerance of cultural and religious differences. The films are:

• An Israeli-Palestinian collaboration titled “Coffee: Between Reality and Imagination”

• A documentary viewing the concept of God from the perspective of many different religions titled “The Invocation”

•  The French WWII drama “La Rafle”

• The award winning short film “Ensemble” preceeded by an introduction by Bruno Chatelin and followed by Q&A

The evening will also feature a special Red Carpet event with the filmmakers of each of these movies, members of Fundacion Respeta Bida, religious leaders and government representatives.

The 2nd Annual Aruba International Film Festival is showcasing a diverse array of films from 13 different countries and feature several international premieres. Among the titles are the Massimiliano Bruno directed Italian comedy “Nessuno mi può giudicare” (English title “Nobody Can Judge Me”); American drama “Meet Monica Velour,” written and directed by Keith Bearden; the Mario Van Peebles directed drama “Things Fall Apart” starring rapper, actor and multi-tiered business mogul Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, who will be attending the Festival; and “Tequila” directed by Sergio Sánchez Suárez.

AIFF will open with “Meet Monica Velour” starring Kim Cattrall, who will kick-off the Festival’s opening night Red Carpet on Friday, June 10th at Paseo Herencia.

Among the international stars confirmed to attend AIFF are Italian actress Paola Cortellesi (“Nessuno mi può ’ guidicare-Nobody Can Judge Me,” “Piano, solo”), director Sergio Sanchez Suarez (“Tequila”) and his leading actress Daniela Schmidt (“Casi divas,” “Sea of Dreams”), Mexican actress Barbara Mori (“Kites,” “La mujer de mi hermano,” “Ugly Me“), Italian actor and screenwriter Alessandro Calza (“Ciao”), and Polish director and artist Lech Majewski (“The Mill and the Cross,” “Angelus”).

Encouraged by strong local support last year, AIFF expanded its popular « Spotlight » series, which was created to showcases movies from Aruban and Caribbean filmmakers. Having proved its popularity among locals, the Festival has created a broader experience for the series this year. There will be an official competition, jury and award, as well an audience award.

The full AIFF program is available to print online at Tickets can be booked through the website and purchased at the AIFF’s office at Paseo Herencia. Tickets are available in a variety of price ranges, from a simple movie ticket to packages of multi–event attendance, to top accreditation tickets for VIP events.

More About the ‘Tolerance Day’ Films:

“The Invocation”

“The Invocation” is a documentary that explores the notion of ‘God’ and World Peace through Religion, Spirituality, History, Science, Politics and Arts.

Emmanuel Itier wrote, directed and produced the film, which features a number of major celebrities including Sharon Stone (who serves as narrator), The Dalai Lama, Mark Wahlberg, Rosario Dawson, Veronica De Laurentis, Malcolm McDowell, Oliver Stone, Deepak Chopra, Brian Cox and Desmond Tutu, to name a few.

“Coffee: Between Reality and Imagination”

Eleven filmmakers, Israeli and Palestinian, embarked on a journey to create short films, fiction or documentary, inspired by Coffee – part of the cultural identity and social reality. Each film provides a personal and courageous point of view on the reality Israel inhabit. While producing the films, the filmmakers had creative freedom, participated in joint meetings, and worked with mixed crews, both Israeli and Palestinian. The documentary is based on an idea from Abed Natuf.

“La Rafle”

“La Rafle” (English title: “The Round Up”)  is a French film directed by Roselyne Bosch and produced by Alain Goldman. The film stars Mélanie Laurent, Jean Reno, Sylvie Testud and Gad Elmaleh. Based on the true story of a young Jewish boy, the film depicts the Vel’ d’Hiv Roundup (Rafle du Vel’ d’Hiv), the mass arrest of Jews by French police who were Nazi accomplices in Paris in July 1942

“Ensemble” (Short Film)

Paris, 1942, Isaac a Jewish child, escapes the Nazis, he found refuge in the mosque of Paris. Ahmed, the Imam, took under his protection. Ahmed decided to save as many children as possible from certain death. A true story, it is still impossible to evaluate the exact number of lives SI KADDOUR BENGHABRIT saved through his extraordinary acts, most say it ranges between 600 and 1500.

The film is written and directed by Mohamed Fekrane and produced by Christophe Kay Kourdouly.Starring in the film are Habib Kadi, Clemence Thioly, Arsene Mosca, Tony Baillargeat and Erwan Beaucher.

About the Aruba International Film Festival

The breathtaking Caribbean island of Aruba provides the backdrop for the film industry’s newest “must-attend” event, taking place June 10-16, 2011, with an inviting atmosphere, suited like none other, to attract actors, directors, filmmakers, and film lovers. 

AIFF stands to further global awareness for the Island of Aruba as a center of art, culture and creativity and serve as a platform to promote the understanding and appreciation for the art of cinema and filmmaking. With participants enjoying a relaxed Aruban ambiance and a casual interaction between filmmakers and audience.

The annual AIFF brings people from around the world to view a wide selection of films, join in discussions and attend special parties and events.

AIFF has a mission to encourage, educate and activate young Aruban filmmakers. Throughout the Festival, notable film professionals will be conducting master classes on all facets of filmmaking and the creative process.

For more information please visit the Aruba International Film Festival website at

 » The Coffee Project » producer and actor, Bruno Chatelin (center) producer of « Ensemble ».

« The Invocation » team on the right: Emmanuel Itier and Claude Budin Juteau
Watch out for the interview by Vanessa

Cannes may 20th, 2011 shot at the festival « after-party on the Beach » (Terraza Martini)