June 11, 2019

The 24th French Film Festival Pays Tribute to Filipino Cinema

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  • The French Film Festival returns for its 24th edition with a line-up of 15 contemporary French films. The festival continues to expand its audience nationwide with film screenings in Metro Manila, Cebu City, Davao City, and, for the first time ever, in Bacolod City.

    Tickets for each screening are priced at Php 150 which may be purchased at the box office or online. Screenings are free of charge in Cebu, Davao, and Bacolod.

    The schedule and venues are as follows:

    • June 12 to 18, 2019 – Metro Manila (Bonifacio High Street cinemas and Greenbelt 3 cinemas)
    • June 20 to 22, 2019 – Cebu City (Ayala Center Cebu)
    • June 28 to 30, 2019 – Davao City (Abreeza Mall Davao)
    • July 10 to 12, 2019 – Bacolod City (Ayala Capitol Central Mall)

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    As it approaches its silver anniversary, the much-awaited film festival will offer audiences an alternative form of cinema and contemporary French films that explore the depths of human relationships and the importance of family.

    And with the festival kicking off on a very important day, the Philippine Independence Day, the festival will pay homage to Filipino cinema on June 12. This includes Mababangong Bangungot (“Perfumed Nightmare”) a film partly filmed in Paris by the National Artist for Film and Mass Communications, Kidlat Tahimik.

    Further, the French Embassy and SPARK! Philippines will organize a special screening of Bande de filles (“Girlhood”). This is in line with France’s commitment to defend women’s rights, A forum exploring the issues faced by young girls in France and the Philippines will also be held on June 14, Saturday.

    Film Line-up

    French director Nils Tavernier is also coming to Manila to formally open the 24th French Film Festival. His latest film, L’Incroyable histoire du Facteur Cheval (“The Ideal Palace”), will also be screened. The film recounts the true story of an ordinary mailman who devotes 33 years of his life to build a castle for his daughter.

    Other films in the selection include French films released between 2014 and 2018, many of which focus on the relationship between parents and their children, such as De Toutes nos forces (“The Finishers”), Jusqu’à la garde (“Custody”), Dans la brume (“Just a breath away”), and La Villa (“The House by the Sea”).

    For more information on the film-line-up, synopses, trailers, and screening schedule visit their website or follow the Embassy of France to the Philippines on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

    Details:

    What: 24th French Film Festival in the Philippines
    Where and When: 

    • June 12 to 18, 2019 – Metro Manila (Bonifacio High Street cinemas and Greenbelt 3 cinemas)
    • June 20 to 22, 2019 – Cebu City (Ayala Center Cebu)
    • June 28 to 30, 2019 – Davao City (Abreeza Mall Davao)
    • July 10 to 12, 2019 – Bacolod City (Ayala Capitol Central Mall)

    Ticket information: Metro Manila screenings are priced at Php 150. Screenings are FREE of charge in Cebu, Davao, and Bacolod.
    Schedule:


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