It’s that time of the year again, movie fans! Clear your calendars on July 24 and 25 for the highly anticipated 22nd French Film Festival. This year, moviegoers will be treated to 4 critically-acclaimed feature films and will be immersed in a different form of storytelling that portrays French values, culture, language, and way of life. The films will be screened at Ayala Center, Cinema 4.
This year’s festival is comprised of 4 feature films: Les Malheurs de Sophie, Les Chevaliers Blancs, 21 Nuits avec Pattie, and Le Dernier Diamant.
This FREE ADMISSION event is in close collaboration with Ayala Center Cebu, Ayala Malls Cinema, French Embassy, Institut Français, together with our sponsors: La Vie Parisienne, Cebu Beer Factory, La Maison Rose, World Pizza, M. Lhuillier Supermarket Wine and Food, Fitness Nation, Zee Lifestyle, Zero Three Two, BAI TV, The Freeman, Sunstar, and Cebu Daily News.
Below you will find a schedule, synopsis, and a trailer for each movie:
LES MALHEURS DE SOPHIE (Sophie’s Misfortune, 2016)
Directed by: Christophe Honoré
Starring: Anaïs Demoustier, Muriel Robin, and Caroline Grant
Synopsys: Based on the French classic novels by the Countess of Segur, it tells the story of a playful little girl named Sophie, whose boundless curiosity often gives her chateau-dwelling mother a headache. The whimsical adaptation isn’t just for kids; it has its fair share of underlying dark themes, too.
LES CHEVALIERS BLANCS (The White Nights, 2016)
Directed by: Joachim Lafosse
Starring: Vincent Lindon, Louise Bourgoin, Valérie Donzelli, Reda Kateb, Bintou Rimtobaye
Synopsys: Jacques Arnault, head of Sud Secours NGO, is planning a high impact operation: he and his team are going to exfiltrate 300 orphans victims of Chadian civil war and bring them to French adoption applicants. Françoise Dubois, a journalist, is invited to come along with them and handle the media coverage for this operation. Completely immersed in the brutal reality of a country at war, the NGO members start losing their convictions and are faced with the limits of humanitarian intervention.
21 NUITS AVEC PATTIE (21 Nights with Pattie, 2015)
Directed by: Arnaud Larrieu, Jean-Marie Larrieu
Starring: Isabelle Carré, Karin Viard, André Dussolier, Sergi Lopez
Synopsys: During the height of summer, Caroline, a forty-year-old Parisian and mother, arrives in a small village in the south of France. She must hastily organize the funeral of her mother, a flighty lawyer, whom she barely used to see. Caroline is welcomed by Pattie, who likes to talk about her love affairs with the local men to anyone who’ll listen. While the whole valley gets ready for the traditional mid-summer dance, Caroline’s mother’s corpse mysteriously disappears.
LE DERNIER DIAMANT (The Last Diamond, 2015)
Directed by: Eric Barbier
Starring: Yvan Attal, Bérénice Bejo, Annie Cordy, Jean-François Stevenin
Synopsys: Simon, a thief released on parole, accepts to carry out the biggest job of his life, which is to steal the “Florentin,” a mythical diamond being auctioned by its owners. To succeed, he must get close to Julia, a diamond expert, for whom the sale is of considerable personal importance. Beyond the boldly daring theft, Simon will lead Julia toward a destiny that she could never have imagined.