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Beyond Babel Multilingual Film Festival

Tuesday, 7 May, 2019 - 18:00 to Tuesday, 14 May, 2019 - 20:30
Event Type: 
North West

Alluding to the Bible story of The Tower of Babel and the curse of diversity of tongues, Beyond Babel is a film festival that aims to celebrate multilingual life, showcase a wide range of films, share discussions on film aesthetics, and broaden the visibility of multilingual communities on screen. Planned by the FLAME research group at Manchester Metropolitan University, the 5th edition of Beyond Babel remains true to its core values: embrace the beauty of multilingualism; showcase transnational film productions from different regions of the world; curate multilingual films which connect with the personal, the local, and the global and can open conversation across cultures. This year’s programme will bring together four afternoons of screenings, with film introductions and Q&A sessions. It explores a wide range of themes: cultural differences, multilingualism, homeland, education, gender and sexuality, global citizenship, mobility, immigration, integration and identity. The festival aims to engage, inspire, connect and celebrate the culturally diverse communities of Manchester.



Call Me By Your Name (dir. Lica Guadagnino / Year: 2017 / Runtime: 132 minutes / Certificate: 15)

Introduced by Nicoletta DiCiolla – (English and Italian) 

Date: Tuesday 7th May 2019

Tickets: Free - Available on Eventbrite


Júlia Ist (dir. Elena Martín / Year: 2017 / Runtime: 90 minutes)

Introduced by Marta Suarez (Spanish, Catalan, German and English) 

Date: Wednesday 8th May 2019

Tickets: Free - Available on Eventbrite


Double Screening: Unity and Community and No Cow on the Ice 

Introduced by Simona Manni (University of York) and Carmen Herrero (with a short video presentation by the director) (Swedish, Galician, English, Spanish)

Date: Monday 13th May 2019

Tickets: Free - Available on Eventbrite


La fille de Keltoum (dir. Mehdi Charef / Year: 2001 / Runtime: 106 minutes)

Introduced by Isabelle Vanderschleden (French, Arabic) 

Date: Tuesday 14th May 2019

Tickets: Free - Available on Eventbrite