Preview: French Film Festival 2017

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The annual French Film Festival makes a return this November with only the best new French films, some of which will be making their Singaporean premieres!

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Organised by the French Embassy, Institut Français Singapour and Alliance Française, the 2017 edition of the annual festival runs from 9th – 19th November across various venues. For the first time ever, the festival will be partnering up with distributors and cinemas Shaw Theatres and independent cinema The Projector to screen and the films and further encourage viewing of French cinema in Singapore.

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As always, expect a diverse and eclectic selection of the latest films that showcase the sheer beauty and glorious culture of France, with a grand total of sixteen films that will be showing at this year’s festival, consisting of genres as varied as hilarious comedies, heartwarming dramas, fantasy thrillers and inspiring biopics.

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One of the biggest film draws of this year’s festival has to be 2017 French hit Back To Burgundy (Ce Qui Nous Lie) directed by Cédric Klapisch. Starring actress Ana Girardot, the film will be making its regional debut at Shaw Theatres Lido on 13th November, and follows three estranged siblings as they return to their vineyard home in the Burgundy countryside following the death of their father. Back To Burgundy is a must watch for any lovers of the French countryside and of course, French wines, set in beautiful landscapes far from the city.  In addition, the film will be accompanied by an exhibition of photographs taken during its production by Klapisch, as well as photographers Michel Baudoin and Emmanuelle Jacobson Roques, providing the public with a much closer look at the lush vineyards featured in the film.

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Other highlights of this year’s festival include the teen sci-fi thriller Alone (Seuls), adapted from Fabien Vehlmann and Bruno Gazzotti’s popular French comic book series of the same name. Directed by David Moreau, who is best known for his 2008 American adaptation of horror film The Eye, Alone is sure to resonate with teens of today with its story of five teenagers who wake up to a post-apocalyptic world, and are forced to band together to survive.

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Meanwhile, the French Film Festival will also feature Amanda Sthers’ new comedy film Madame. Filmed in English, Madame starring Toni Collette, Harvey Keitel and Rossy de Palma, and follows the madcap adventures of maid Maria, forced to put on a disguise as a Spanish noblewoman by her employers to even out the inauspicious number of 13 at a luxurious dinner thrown for their friends. But before long, her presence catches the attention of a British art broker, and their joyous love affair sets Maria’s employers chasing after her all over Paris and back.

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Besides these three highlights, which have also been picked up by Shaw Theatres for extended promotional releases, the festival will also be screening other popular films from the last year, including moving drama film Patients, Jacques Cousteau biopic L’Odyssee,  and children’s adventure film Le Petit Spirou, amongst special screenings shining the spotlight on late movie legend Jeanne Moreau, where The Projector will be screening the silver screen star’s most famous works: Elevator to the Gallows (Ascenseur pour l’échafaud) and Jules and Jim (Jules et Jim).

Filled with love and laughter, beauty and drama, the 2017 French Film Festival has films of all kinds for film buffs, Francophiles and even the curious audience member alike, and will no doubt delight and fill anyone with joy as they gaze in awe at the wonder of French cinema.

The French Film Festival plays across Shaw Theatres Lido, Alliance Francaise and The Projector from 9th – 19th November, full schedule and tickets available here 

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