Welcome to Madagascar

012 // Welcome to Madagascar

Franssou Prenant // France // 2015
// 102 min // Couleur //

Jaquette Bienvenue à Madagascar

When you return to a spot you have been in the past, it always looks smaller or larger, freer or more boring than it did before. Time distorts memory. But according to Franssou Prenant, everything in Algiers is still the same, apart from possibly the colour of the fence, which has changed from blue to grey from lack of paint. It soon becomes clear that her picture of the city where she lived for a few years as an ambassador's wife is far from unambiguous. Her memories, told in a voiceover, become intertwined with those of others. Twenty voices - different accents, pitches, ages - talk about the struggle for independence, the relations between peoples, and the advance of Islam.

Welcome to Madagascar is a polyphonic diary that sketches a picture of past life in Algeria's capital. The use of super8 film emphasises that feeling. The coarse grain and the warm colours are both intimate and intense, as if annotations.


L’Escale de Guinée (1987),

Paris, mon petit corps est bien las de ce grand monde (2002),

Reviens et prends-moi (2004),

Bienvenue à Madagascar (2015)


Prix CINE+ et Prix Eurocks One+One au Festival Entrevues Belfort, International Film Festival Rotterdam - IFFR, Indielisboa, Viennale, Rencontres cinématographiques de Bejaia.


Direction & Cinematography : Franssou Prenant
Sound : Jérôme Ayasse, Franssou Prenant
Editing : Franssou Prenant
Mix : Myriam René
Production : Sophie de Hijes



"A Lua platz" by Jérémy Gravayat received two awards at Entrevues Belfort 2018: the Camera Critics Prize and a special mention of the Eurocks One + One prize chaired by Fishbach. (Film produced by Survivance and L'image d'après). Congratulations to Jérémy and the entire film crew!

More than 19 international awards for Mila Turajlic's film since the IDFA 2017, including the Objectif d’or at the Millennium Film Festival, the Fipresci Jury Award in ZagrebDox, the Special Jury Award at Salem Film Fest, the Best Editing & Sound Design Awards at the Belgrade Documentary Festival !

Congratulations to Magali Bragard and Séverine Enjolras for their film Remake of a summer rewarded by the Excellence in Visual Anthropology Award at Ethnocineca International Film Festival of Vienna 2018


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