From 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.
One of the country’s highly-anticipated film festivals, the French Film Festival showcases twelve 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.
Included in this year’s French Film Festival are Géronimo (https://youtu.be/Lcel1DBxeaI), Le Dernier Diamant [The Last Diamond] (https://youtu.be/vb7S9AgfEZI), L’Ombre Des Femmes [In the Shadow of Women] (https://youtu.be/-Wtci3KkjcY), Jamais De La Vie [The Night Watchman] (https://youtu.be/oknZulfadb4), , Les Chevaliers Blancs [The White Knights] (https://youtu.be/IJgsZt-82fo), Tour De France (https://youtu.be/iP1bcVjmhZU), Je Suis Un Soldat (I Am a Soldier) (https://youtu.be/vgXGAltFUN8), Un Château En Italie [A Castle in Italy] (https://youtu.be/gSW14H3-7e0), Nocturama (https://youtu.be/J122E5Ygz5s), Le Malheurs De Sophie [Sophie’s Misfortunes] (https://youtu.be/APmzvGYpzhE), 21 Nuits Avec Pattie [21 Nights with Pattie] (https://youtu.be/T_YqmudVQh4) and Bastille Day (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tO7fJBipjT8).
As 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.
Additionally, the festival dedicates one weekend for free public outdoor screenings at Circuit Lane (Hippodromo, Makati City) on June 17 and 18 with films such as Je Suis Un Soldat [I am a Soldier], Le Dernier Diamant [The Last Diamond], Tour De France, Un Chateau en Italie [A Castle in Italy].
An 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.
Joie de vivre await at Ayala Malls Cinemas’ Greenbelt 3 and Bonifacio High Street as the French Film Festival runs June 9-17, tickets are priced at P100. Check www.sureseats.com for the films’ schedules and advanced booking.