The show must go on: the 2020 mini-Cannes Film Festival

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This week on The Sound Kitchen, you’ll hear the answer to the question about the mini-Cannes Film Festival. There’s a little lesson on St Nicolas’ Eve celebrations in Europe, Ollia’s “Happy Moment”, great music, and of course, the new quiz question. Just click on the “Audio” arrow above and enjoy!

Hello everyone! Welcome to The Sound Kitchen weekly podcast, published every Saturday – here on our website, or wherever you get your podcasts. You’ll hear the winners’ names announced and the week’s quiz question, along with all the other ingredients you’ve grown accustomed to: your letters and essays, “On This Day”, quirky facts and news, interviews, and great music … so be sure and listen every week.

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Welcome to our new RFI Listeners Club member: Krzysztof Borski from Poznan, Poland.

So glad you have joined us, Krzysztof !

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This week’s quiz: On 31 October, I asked you a question about the 2020 Cannes Film Festival.

As you know, the 2020 festival had to be cancelled last May because of the Corona virus. But the show must go on, as they say, and, at the end of October, the organizers were able to screen four films from the official selection, as well as short films and student films from the CinéFondation. And they sure were lucky, because our second lockdown came a day after the screenings!

My question to you was: what are the names of the four films from the Cannes Film Festival 2020 which were shown at the end of October at the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès in Cannes?

The answer is: Un triomphe (The Big Hit!) by French director Emmanuel Courcol; Asa Ga Kuru (True Mothers) by Japanese director Naomi Kawase; Beginning, the debut film by Georgian director Déa Kulumbegashvili, and Les Deux Alfred (The French Tech), from French director Bruno Podalydès.

The winners are: Mr Alomgir Hossen – a member of the Shetu RFI Listeners Club in Naogaon, Bangladesh, and our brand-new RFI Listeners Club member Krzysztof Borski from Poznan, Poland. Welcome Krzysztof! Rounding out the list of winners this week are three more RFI Listeners Club members: Rakesh Seshan from Tamil Nadu in India, Timothy Ofori from Kumasi, Ghana, and Abdul Mannan Teacher from Sirajganj, Bangladesh.

Congratulations winners!

Here’s the music you heard on this week’s program: “Deck the Halls” by John Ceiriog Hughes, performed by the London Philharmonic; “There’s No Business Like Show Business” from the musical Annie Get Your Gun by Irving Berlin and Ted Royal, performed by the Hit Crew Big Band; “The Flight of the Bumblebee” by Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov, and “Ocean Bed” by Darlingside.

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Susan Owensby

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