Arts & Leisure

The way the French tell stories

Posted on June 07, 2013

EVERY CULTURE has a different way of telling stories, said French Ambassador to the Philippines Gilles Garachon, and this diversity is what the French Embassy will celebrate during the 18th French Film Festival.

The festival will screen five French movies for free from June 7 to 9 at the Greenbelt 3 cinemas in Makati City. All of the movies are recent releases, said the ambassador.

On June 5, the press was given a preview of one of the festival films, De Rouille et d’Os (Rust and Bone). Directed by Jacques Audiard and starring Marion Cotillard and Matthias Schoenaerts, the film tells an unconventional love story between an unemployed single father, Ali, and a killer whale trainer, Stephanie. After Stephanie suffers a terrible accident, Ali’s actions seem insensitive and cold, but his behavior pushes her to come out of her depression and live again.

Mr. Garachon said that they deliberately chose not to include commercial movies in the festival. “I don’t despise those movies. After a movie like this (Rust and Bone), I know you like to watch something like Die Hard,” he said, but then he explained that commercial movies are easily accessible to the public, and that it is also important to “treasure more original movies.”

“What we need are stories that can open your eyes to different cultures and be tolerant about different things,” he said.

Recalling what French poet Jean Cocteau said, Mr. Garachon noted, “Cinema is today’s literature and the ink of cinema is the light.”

Aside from Rust and Bone, the festival will show the films Le Prénom (What’s in a Name?), Alceste à bicyclette (Cycling with Moliere), Du Vent dans mes mollets (The Dandelions), and Camille redouble (Camille Rewinds).

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