The French Film Festival in Malaysia is back, this time with a little special something.
There is going to be a meet-and-greet session in Kuala Lumpur with actor, director and screenwriter Gustave Kervern.
Cinemagoers with a ticket for the May 5 screening of The Fabulous Patars at Golden Screen Cinemas (GSC) Pavilion KL are in for a treat as Kervern will be fielding questions after the heartwarming family comedy.
Now in its 16th edition, the film festival remains the cornerstone of Le French Festival. The festival itself has expanded to include music, dance, performance art, architecture and gastronomic pursuits. This year, it offers 16 movie selections with two titles, The Fabulous Patars and The Summer Of All My Parents, screened for free.
Comedies and dramas make up more than half the movie selection in this year’s French Film Festival, with a couple of thrillers, biopics and animation rounding up the programme.
Organised by Alliance Francaise and the Embassy of France in Malaysia, the festival is supported by Institut Francais and presented by Martell. This year also marks the first time the festival is presented in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.
The French Film Festival will kick off in GSC Pavilion KL, Mid Valley Megamall and 1Utama in the Klang Valley (May 4 to May 21) before moving to GSC Gurney Plaza in Penang (May 25 to June 4) and GSC Suria Sabah in KK (June 8 to June 11).
“We aim to have as much variety as possible in our effort to showcase the diversity of French culture in the films we select,” says Jean-Pierre Dumont, director of Alliance Francaise de Kuala Lumpur.
“There is an emphasis on cross-cultural exchange and we select films that we think will appeal to the audience. We always try to include a number of comedies, because we think comedies are able to convey many messages in a nice way!”
Here are this year’s French Film Festival selection:
Cigarettes Et Chocolat Chaud (The Fabulous Patars)
After his wife dies, a man raises his two young daughters in a rather unconventional way.
Juillet Août (The Summer Of All My Parents)
Two sisters spend their summer holidays shuttling between their mother’s place in the south of France and their father’s at the opposite end of the country.
Monsieur Chocolat (Chocolat)
Based on the true story of the first black circus artist in France who started off playing a savage in a small circus.
L’Odyssée (The Odyssey)
This is the story of famous explorer, innovator and French naval Captain Jacques-Yves Cousteau whose inventions opened up a whole new underwater world to mankind.
21 Nuits Avec Pattie (21 Nights With Pattie)
When a death happens in the family, Caroline cuts her holiday short to see to funeral arrangements. But the day before she is due to leave, the body disappears…
Free-spirited Ana returns home for the summer after a failed attempt at working on a film set, but she has been away for so long that nothing seems to fit.
La Vache (One Man And His Cow)
An Algerian peasant dreams of exploring all of France with his beloved cow in tow.
Le Petit Locataire (A Bun In The Oven)
She’s a 49-year-old cashier at a highway toll, her husband is unemployed, her daughter is a single mother. And now, she’s pregnant.
Voir Du Pays (The Stopover)
Two young military women who served in Afghanistan are given three days of decompression leave at a five-star resort.
Leo is an 11-year-old with extraordinary power. Alex is a young policeman. Can they join forces to save the city from a dangerous man?
Nos Futurs (Our Futures)
Two childhood friends reconnect, reminisce and throw caution to the wind in their journey of rediscoveries.
His life is as monotonous as they come, but when he crosses paths with a woman he is convinced he has met before, he decides to follow her everywhere.
Ni Le Ciel Ni La Terre (Neither Heaven Nor Earth)
Captain Antarès Bonassieu and his men are gripped by fear as one by one, they are plucked off the face of the earth while on a mission in an Afghan valley.
Les Deux Amis (Two Friends)
Awkward Clement is head over heels in love with the woman who sells sandwiches in a Parisian train station.
Les Chevaliers Blancs (The White Knights)
Inspired by the true story of a humanitarian who brought orphans out from African villages to adoptive families in France.
Les Cowboys (The Cowboys)
Alain and his son travel from France to far-flung Yemen in a desperate search for his missing daughter.
Visit lefrenchfestival.com.my for more information on Le French Festival.
Tickets are sold at prevailing GSC box office prices, with the exception of The Fabulous Patars and The Summer Of All My Parents, which are screened for free in the Klang Valley and Penang.
All film festival movies are screened in French with English subtitles. Go to www.gsc.com.my for screening times and ticket purchase.