July 9: JOSEP (2020) by Aurel

5.00pm | Sunday, July 9, 2023. | Alliance Française Lagos, 9 Osborne Road, Ikoyi | Free Entry.

For our July screening, we return to one of our favourite formats – animation. JOSEP is a multiple award-winning biopic illustrated by French cartoonist Aurel. The film documents the true story of Spanish artist, activist and writer Josep Bartolí (1910 – 1995), focusing on his time as a refugee in a French concentration camp for Republicans fleeing the Franco regime. The film also references Bartolí’s friendship with the iconic Mexican painter Frida Kahlo. In JOSEP, we also encounter les tirailleurs – French West African soldiers, some of whom would eventually be killed for mutiny in a camp in Thiaroye, Dakar in 1944.

An enthralling experience for lovers of art, history and cinema, JOSEP equally highlights the downsides of war and the effects of losing loved ones and cherished possessions to acts of violence.
Event details: 5.00pm prompt | Alliance Française Lagos, 9 Osborne Road, Ikoyi | Free Entry.

February 1939. Overwhelmed by the flood of Republicans fleeing the Franco dictatorship, the French government confines them in camps. Two men separated by the barbed wire will become friends. One is a gendarme, the other a cartoonist. From Barcelona to New York, the true story of Josep Bartolí, anti-Franco fighter and exceptional artist.

Genre: Biopic, Animation, Historical
Running time: 74 mins
Language: French and Spanish with English subtitles
Country: France
Director: Aurel
Screenplay: Jean-Louis Milesi
Producer: Les Films d’Ici Méditerranée

Voices: Sergi López, Emmanuel Vottero, Xavier Serrano, Bruno Solo, David Marsais, Gérard Hernandez, Valérie Lemercier, Thomas VDB, Silvia Pérez Cruz, François Morel, Sophia Aram, Alain Cauchi.
Age Rating: None (N.B. some nudity)

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Alliance Française de Lagos/Mike Adenuga Centre (or @af.lagos) is a Nigerian-run non-profit institution dedicated to the promotion of French language and francophone cultures, which also provides support to the local arts community. It provides French language classes and promotes an alternative model for culture.