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A Season in France

To mark National Refugee Week, which runs from 17-23 June 2019, the screening on Wednesday 19th June will be introduced by Dr Mohamed Nasreldin, Director of the North East Refugee Service (NERS).

£1 tickets are available for refugees and asylum seekers for all screenings of A Season in France - these are available in person at the Tyneside Cinema Box Office.

Mahamat-Saleh Haroun’s sullen and soul-searching film focuses on the plight of undocumented asylum seekers desperately trying to find sanctuary in Europe.

Abbas (Eriq Ebouaney), a college professor and father of two, seeks political asylum in France after fleeing the civil war that has raged in the Central African Republic since 2013. Widowed when his wife died in attempting to escape the country with him, he has since met Carole (Sandrine Bonnaire), who consoles him in his anguish at the French immigration system. Two years of waiting finally elicit a response from the authorities. Everything he holds dear, including his hopes for both his future and those of his children, lie in their decision.

Ebouaney and Bonnaire both give compelling performances, while Haroun masterfully contrasts the intimacy of human relationships with the cold bureaucracy of a vast, impersonal system.

BBFC Advice: Contains infrequent strong language, moderate sex references, brief violence.

Film Information

Running Time: 1hr 40mins

BBFC Advice: 12A

Director(s): Mahamat-Saleh Haroun

Country of Origin: France

Year of release:

Language(s): French with English subtitles

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