22ND French Fil Festival at Ayala Malls Cinemas' Greenbelt 3 and Bonifacio High Street on June 9-17
the land of romance and haute couture, Ayala Malls Cinemas brings a
slice of the good life from France with the upcoming 22nd French
Film Festival that started June 9 until June 17 at
Greenbelt 3 and Bonifacio High Street cinemas. The film
festival is in cooperation with the Embassy of France to the
Philippines, Institut Français, the Alliance Français de Manille
and Cebu and the Film Development Council of the Philippines.
of the country’s highly-anticipated film festivals, the French Film
Festival showcases twelve (12) critically-acclaimed full-length films
featuring the (French’s) charming culture. The film festival
aims to immerse the local audience with the French’s unique
storytelling of their culture.
is set 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
the French Embassy celebrates its 70th year
anniversary of French-Philippine diplomatic relations, the festival
also pays homage to Filipino films that have been selected at the
Cannes Film Festival namely “Nakaw” by Noel Escondo and Arvin
Belarmino; “Ma’Rosa” by Brillante Mendoza; “On the Job” by
Erik Matti and “Anino” by Raymond Red.
and for the first time, the festival dedicates one weekend for free
public outdoor screenings at Circuit Makati on June 17 and 18.
advocate of friendly relations among nations, Ayala Malls Cinemas
continues to utilize its über -cinemas as a venue for institutional
exchanges such as the French Film Festival as France reiterates its
commitment to contribute to the country’s booming film industry.
NUITS AVEC PATTIE [21 Nights with Pattie]
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.
Mason is an American pickpocket living in Paris who finds himself on
the top of the CIA's most-wanted list when he steals a bag that
contains more than just a wallet. Sean Briar, the field agent on the
case, soon realizes that Michael is just a pawn in a much bigger game
and decides to recruit him in order to uncover the source of a
large-scale conspiracy. A race against time ensures, in which the two
men discover they are both targets and must rely on each other to
take down a powerful organization.
in the south of France. In the sultry August heat, Geronimo, a young
social educator, tries to ease tensions between the youngsters of the
St Pierre neighborhood. The mood changes when Nil Terzi, a teenage
girl of Turkish origin, flees an arranged marriage, running to the
arms of her gypsy lover, Lucky Molina. Their escape sparks
hostilities between the two clans. When the jousting and the musical
battles begin, Geronimo struggles to quell the ensuing unrest around
DE LA VIE [The Night Watchman]
in his early fifties, is a night watchman in a suburban mall. Ten
years ago, he was a skilled worker and union delegate, always on the
bridge, always ready to fight for workers' rights. Today he's a man
who's resigned himself to being a spectator of his own life - and
it's boring. One night, he notices an SUV idling in the parking lot
and senses that something is afoot. Curiosity makes him shake off his
indifference and he decides to intervene. It's an opportunity for him
take control of his life once again.
SUIS UN SOLDAT [I Am a Soldier]
Sandrine is forced to return to live with her mother in Roubaix.
Without a job, she accepts to work for her uncle in his kennels,
which it turns out is a hub for trafficking dogs from Eastern Europe.
She rapidly takes control in this male universe, wins the men's
respect, and starts earning the money lacking from her freedom. But
sometimes good soldiers cease to obey.
DES FEMMES [In the Shadow of Women]
and Manon are poor. They make documentary films without a cent and
they get by with odd jobs. Pierre meets a young intern, Elisabeth,
and she becomes his mistress. But Pierre doesn't want to leave Manon
for Elisabeth – he wants to keep them both. One day Elisabeth,
Pierre's young mistress, discovers that Manon, Pierre's wife, has a
lover. And she tells Pierre… Pierre focuses his attention on Manon
once again, because she's the one he loved. And because he feels
betrayed, he beseeches Manon and neglects Elisabeth. Manon breaks off
with her lover right away. There's a good chance she does so because
she loves Pierre.
DERNIER DIAMANT [The Last Diamond]
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.
CHEVALIERS BLANCS [The White Knights]
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.
MALHEURS DE SOPHIE [Sophie’s Misfortunes]
her castle, young Sophie can't resist the temptation of the forbidden
and what she loves most of all is to get up to no-good with her
cousin Paul. When her parents decide to go to Amercia, Sophie is
delighted. A year later, she's back in France with her horrible
stepmother, Madame Fichini. But Sophie will be able to count on her
two friends, model little girls, and their mother, Madame de
Fleurville to escape from her stepmother's clutches.
one morning. A group of young people from different backgrounds. They
launch into a strange ballet in the metro tunnels and the city's
streets. They seem to follow a plan. Their gestures are precise,
almost dangerous. They converge towards the same point, a department
store, at the moment it is about to shut. Night begins.
is a twenty-year-old rapper. Following a settling of scores, he's
obliged to leave Paris and lay low for awhile. His producer, Bilal,
suggests that Far'Hook take his place accompanying his father Serge
on a tour of all of the ports of France, following the path taken by
the painter Joseph Vernet. Despite the shock between generations and
different cultures an improbable friendship develops between the
promising rapper and this builder from the North of France, during an
adventure that will lead them to Marseille for a final concert, one
CHÂTEAU EN ITALIE [A Castle in Italy]
woman encounters a man. Her dreams resurface. It's also the story of
her sick brother, and of their mother, a story about the destiny of a
rich Italian industrialist family. It's the story of a family falling
apart, of the end of an era, and of a budding romance.
joie de vivre at Ayala Malls Cinemas’ Greenbelt 3 and Bonifacio
High Street cinemas when the French Film Festival runs June 9 –
17, tickets are priced at P100.
Check www.sureseats.com for
the films’ schedules and advanced booking.