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This edition: October 2002 edition

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Original tape date: October 23, 2002.


Making movies is always difficult. But doing so under the Nazi occupation in France in World War II was positively absurd. Bertrand Tavernier's new film Safe Conduct captures the contradictions of the times as it follows a scriptwriter, an assistant director and dozens of their friends as they negotiate ways to defend France, undermine the Germans, and stay alive. On a recent visit to the New York Film Festival, director Bertrand Tavernier took time to tell CANAPE what inspired his idea for the script and why historical films matter in today's world.


Some writers help define the word cosmopolitan. Born in Djibouti in East Africa in 1965, Abdourahman Waberi left home in 1985 to study in France. He eventually took a graduate degree. in English Studies. But it is his writings in French that have drawn worldwide attention. His trilogy of fiction on his native Djibouti has received numerous European awards and a grant from UNESCO. One of the brightest young stars of African and French speaking literature, the resident of Caen, France spoke to CANAPE while visiting the USA.


Named after the lively 18th arrondisement of Paris, P18, the popular new band of Mano Negra veteran Tom Darnal, slices and dices, mixes and matches, shakes and stirs the ingredients of European electronica and Afro-Cuban rumba. The results have been two smash hit albums among the followers of world dance music. “I wanted to achieve a maximum amount of coherence between the Afro-Cuban and the electronic side of the project,' says the bandleader. CANAPE stopped by a live performance to see and hear for itself.


If you title a film 8 Women, a certain quantity is in no doubt. What audiences may be surprised to discover in the delightful new film by Francois Ozon is the quality of the eight women. It's a galaxy of French feminine talent. Catherine Deneuve, Isabelle Huppert, Emmanuelle Beart, Fanny Ardant, Virginie Ledoyen, Danielle Darrieux, Ludivine Sagnier, and Firmine Richard are the cast. CANAPE investigates what's behind this musical mystery that makes all the women sing.

Guest List

Jeanne Balibar Actress

Patrice Chereau Film Director

Helene de Fougerolles Actress

Robert Guediguian Film Producer and Director

Jean-Pierre Jeunet Film Director

Matthieu Kassovitz Actor

Claude Lanzmann Film Director

Eric Neveux Musician, composer

Jacques Rivette Film Director

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