Moving Pictures



For this first edition, a series of original films (animated films, documentaries and narrative films), curated by Art Week Amman team and Institut français, have been selected for adults and children. They will be screened between September 7th and 14th at the Institut Français Markaz theatre starting 7 PM.

Rafea Solar Mama by Mona Eldaief and Jehane Noujaim 
Institut français
Saturday 7 September 2013 at 7 pm
2012 | Feature Documentary | 1h16 | Arabic & English with English subtitles
A powerful and extremely watchable documentary, Rafea: Solar Mama follows a strong-minded Bedouin woman as she struggles against tradition and society as she seeks to become the first solar engineer in Jordan.

La danse, le ballet de l’Opéra de Paris by Frederick Wiseman
Institut français
Sunday 8 September 2013 at 7 pm
French | 2009 | Feature Documentary | 1h58 | French with English subtitles
The film follows the rehearsals and performances of seven ballets including Le Songe de Médée by Angelin Preljocaj, Casse Noisette by Rudolph Nureyev, Orphée and Eurydice by Pina Bausch, Romeo and Juliette by Sasha Waltz,… Master documentary filmmaker, Frederick Wiseman, succeeds in showing the complex mechanism of a mythical cultural institution without any comments and through a total immersion. The Palais Garnier Opera House is filmed as a city in the city, a fortress at the heart of Paris.

Heal by Mian Adnan Ahmad
Institut français
Monday 9 September 2013 at 7 pm
Pakistan, USA | 2010 | Short Drama | 26 min | Pakistani with English subtitles
In the midst of the ongoing conflict in Afghanistan and Pakistan, a gifted child makes an extraordinary effort for his people.

Almosstnaqa’ – Sen directed by Mohammad Zakaria
Institut français
Monday 9 September 2013 at 7:30 pm
Jordanian | 2013 | Short Musical | 5 min | No Dialogue
Almosstanqa’a is a musical project based on spoken word mixed with music audio, and visual effects, caused by an accumulation of humanist, social and political deposits, since the existence of the planet, till now.

Ernest & Celestine by Benjamin Renner, Stéphane Aubier and Vincent Patar

Institut français
Saturday 13 September 2013 at 7:00 pm
France, Belgium and Luxembourg | 2012 | Animated film | 1h20 | French with English subtitles
In the conventional world of bears, it is not the done thing to become friends with a mouse. Nevertheless, Ernest, a big bear, who happens to also be a clown and musician, takes in Celestine, an orphan who has fled the underground world of rodents. These two solitary creatures help and comfort each other, thereby disrupting the established order. A brilliant adaptation of the famous literature classical books.

Suitable for kids starting 3 years old

The Red Balloon by Albert Lamorisse
Institut français
Saturday 14 September 2013 at 7:00 pm
French with English subtitles | 1956 | Fiction | 36 min | No Subtitles
It’s the story of a little boy and a magic balloon. In 1950s Paris, a little boy releases a balloon that is tied to street light. To the neighborhood inhabitants’ surprise, and stirring envy in other children, the red balloon follows the little boy throughout the streets of Paris.

Suitable for kids starting 3 years old

Abu Rami by Sabah Haider
Institut français
Saturday 14 September 2013 at 7:30 pm
Canada, Lebanon | 2012 | Short Feature | 17min | Arabic with English subtitles
The film explores the themes of polygamy and infidelity in an Arab society, through the perspectives of two elderly characters. The elderly are an important social demographic that is completely underrepresented in Middle Eastern cinema, and the theme of infidelity among everyday people, moreover the elderly, is never explored. The two most vulnerable groups of people in any society are the children and the elderly, and this film has chosen to tell a story of two elderly people who struggle to be happy in their failing marriage.