Here's What to Look Forward to at This Year's French Film Festival
This year, the French Film Festival turns 24. And it returns larger than ever, with a couple of new surprises.
For starters, the festival, hosted by the Embassy of France to the Philippines, will expand its nationwide audience to include Bacolod, in addition to Metro Manila, Cebu, and Davao. The dates are as follows: June 12 to 18 for Metro Manila (Bonifacio High Street and Greenbelt 3), June 20 to 22 for Cebu (Ayala Center Cebu), June 28 to 30 for Davao (Abreeza Mall Davao), and July 10 to 12 for Bacolod (Ayala Capitol Central Mall).
"For nearly a quarter of a century, the French Film Festival has been attracting audiences to discover and rediscover films that offer a particular French aesthetic—those that tell stories that make you laugh, cry, or reflect on the human condition in our society," said French ambassador Nicolas Galey.
To formally open the festival, French director Nils Tavernier will grace the red carpet with the screening of his film L'Incroyable histoire du Facteur Cheval (The Ideal Palace). Another one of his films, De Toutes nos forces (The Finishers), will also be shown during the festival.
A total of 15 French films will be shown, and each of these will simultaneously "explore the depths of human relationships and the importance of family." Aside from family and relationships, the selected films will highlight current issues such as mental health, sexuality, and more. For the full list of films, see the schedule below:
A celebration of Philippine cinema will be screened as part of the festival to coincide with Philippine Independence Day on June 12. These include Pepe Diokno's Above the Clouds, which was funded by Institut Français, Carlo Catu's Waiting for Sunset, which received the Audience Award at the 2019 Vesoul Festival of Asian Cinema, Carlo Manatad's Jodilerks Dela Cruz, Employee of the Month, which was featured at last year's Cannes Film Festival, and Kidlat Tahimik's Mababangong Bangungot, which was filmed during the National Artist's time in Paris in the '70s.