The annual French Film Fest is one of the most anticipated cultural events in Manila. We urge you not to get lost in all the les and apostrophes with this list of films to guide you through this year's festival. It only runs until June 17, so troop on over to the Shang Cineplex and get your fill of some French film goodness!
The Artist was the first ever French film to win Best Picture in last year's Academy Awards, and with its critical acclaim and numerous accolades became the most awarded French film in history. In the style of black-and-white silent films, Michel Hazanavicius' The Artist tells the story of George Valentin, a successful silent film star whose career is put in jeopardy with the arrival of talkies, while young actress Peppy Miller stars in novel sound films and gains major fame.
Catch the multi-awarded silent film on June 14, 7:30 pm.
Marjoline and Daniel are a newlywed middle-class couple living in post-World War II France. Marjoline is increasingly taken over by greed, buying material possessions on credit that her horticulturist husband can't afford. The film follows their marriage in the milieu of a society desperately recovering from the traumas of war.
Watch Roses A Credit on June 17, 3:00 pm.
When ex-VJ Emily Wang's (Maggie Cheung) rockstar husband dies of an accidental heroin OD, her son is taken away from her while she struggles as a recovering addict herself. It's an uphill battle against the addiction, but the only way Emily can reconnect with her son is to clean up her act. Cheung serves up a heartbreaking performance as a junkie, in an emotional piece that makes it difficult not to think of Kurt and Courtney.
Clean screens on June 15 at 8:00 pm, and June 17 at 12:00 pm.
Ely and Lila are two young women so close, they could be sisters. But when their childhood dreams of climbing the rungs of high society Paris come true, their friendship cracks under pressure and the pair discovers that all that glitters...
Matthew Kassovitz delivers an account of a real-life hostage drama by separatist rebels in French colony New Caledonia. When public opinion sways between the political left and right, negotiation for the hostages is heavily laced with political scheming and skewed compromise. Rebellion is a brave, sincere, and fully committed must-see war drama.
Watch Rebellion on June 14, 12:00 pm.
"A romantic comedy that is charming and light as a souffle."
Juliette is set to be wed in ten days, but her father secretly hires Alex to break up his daughter and her husband-to-be. Alex, of course, is a professional heartbreaker who accepts a fee to turn any boyfriend, fiance, or husband into one thing: your ex.
Heartbreaker will "charm your pants off" on June 14, 5:00 pm.
Which movies are you looking forward to at the French Film Fest?