Arts & Leisure

19th French Film Fest opens this month

Posted on June 03, 2014

THE YEARLY French Film Festival, now turning 19, serves as a regular venue for the Filipino public to appreciate the best French films. This year it will be held from June 10 to 15 at the Greenbelt 3 cinemas in Makati City.

The festival -- a project of the Embassy of France to the Philippines, the Alliance Française de Manille, and Institut Français -- also celebrates the deepening bilateral relations between France and the Philippines in different sectors, including cooperation through cinema.

The festival comes on the heels of the signing of a landmark film cooperation deal between the Film Development Council of the Philippines and its counterpart in France, the Centre National du Cinema.

Opening this year’s festival is the romantic comedy 20 ans d’écart (It Boy), which follows Alice, whose uptight attitude is the only thing preventing her from becoming the next editor-in-chief of a French fashion magazine, but everything changes when she meets 20-year-old Balthazar who may be the key to her promotion.

The also features newly released films such as La Vénus à la fourrure (Venus in Fur), Mon âme par toi guérie (One of a Kind), Une autre vie (Lovers), Amour et turbulences (Love is in the Air), Les beaux jours (Bright Days Ahead), L’Écume des jours (Mood Indigo), Quai d’Orsay, and Situation amoureuse: C’est compliqué (Relationship Status: It’s Complicated).

The festival also pays tribute to Filipino filmmaking on Independence Day on June 12 by screening three Filipino films which have been screened at the Cannes Film Festival: Lino Brocka’s digitally restored Maynila sa mga Kuko ng Liwanag, Erik Matti’s OTJ, and Lav Diaz’ Norte, Hangganan ng Kasaysayan.

For screening schedules and film synopses, visit or the Embassy of France to the Philippines’ official Facebook page at Tickets for the films will be on sale for P100 at the Greenbelt 3 cinemas.