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Place des Fêtes

Place des Fêtes
Scene from "Place des Fêtes" (photo © Frédérique Barraja/Victoires International 2006)

Hassan, an African Immigrant lies at the base of the Pyramid on Place des Fetes. Sophie, a beautiful young French-African woman, comes into view. She leans over Hassan. He flirts, asks her out for coffee. He seems to know her, she on the other hand, treats him like a stranger. He says, "Don’t you remember me?" He sings her a reminds her of something...a chance meeting she doesn’t quite remember...

We see more. He is poor, lying there, wounded. He is convinced her being there has meaning. She is a paramedic, she is just there to help him. Sophie orders coffee for the wounded man and herself. She is perplexed, where have they met before? As the ambulance comes he dies... and she remembers their chance meeting. A moment so fleeting for her and so meaningful for him.

The coffee arrives too late.

Place des Fêtes is part of a compilation project entitled Paris, je t’aime, in which a number of internationally renowned directors each tell a story in one of Paris’ 20 arrondissements.
Genre Drama
Category Short
Year of Production 2003
Director Oliver Schmitz
Screenplay Oliver Schmitz
Cinematography Michel Amathieu
Isabel Meier
Seydou Boro
Cast Seydou Boro, Aissa Maiga
Producer Claudie Ossard
Production Company Victoires International/Paris
Runtime 6 min
Format 35 mm, color
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby
Festivals Cannes 2006 (Un Certain Regard), Moscow 2006, Toronto 2006, Rio 2006, Copenhagen 2006, Tallinn Black Nights 2006, Cairo 2006

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