Published in Marie Claire Malaysia November 2015:
It’s baaack! The French Art and Film Festival (FAFF) is back with bigger and better events kicking off 15th May – 21st June. Here is a run-down of what to expect from the film festival, so book your tickets early folks! Check out faff.com.my for details. Screenings shown at selected GSC Cinemas:
Delicacy (La délicatesse) – 2011 by David & Stéphane Foenkinos
Genre: Romance / drama
With Audrey Tautou, François Damiens
Release year: 2011
Running time: 108 minutes
Mood indigo (L’écume des jours) – 2013 by Michel Gondry
Genre: Comedy drama
With: Romain Duris, Audrey Tautou, Gad Elmaleh, Omar Sy
Running time: 125 minutes
Fly me to the moon (Un plan parfait) – 2012 by Pascal Chaumeil
With Diane Kruger, Dany Boon
Release year: 2012
Running time: 104 minutes
The past (Le passé) – 2013 by Asghar Farhadi
With Tahar Rahim, Berenice Bejo
Release year: 2013
Running time: 130 minutes
Amour et turbulences (Love is in the air) – 2012 by Alexandre Castagnetti
With Ludivine Sagnier, Nicolas Bedos
Release year: 2013
Running time: 105 minutes
Approved for adoption (Couleur de peau: miel) – 2012 by Jung Henin & Laurent Boileau
Genre: Animated movie
With William Coryn, Christelle Cornil, Jean-Luc Couchard
Release year: 2012
Running time: 75 minutes
Camille rewinds (Camille redouble) – 2012 by Noémie Lvovsky
With Noémie Lvovsky, Samir Guesmi, Yolande Moreau, Mathieu Amalric
Running time: 120 minutes
Granny’s funeral (Adieu Berthe: l’enterrement de Mémé) – 2012 by Bruno Podalydès
With Valérie Lemercier, Denis Podalydès, Isabelle Candelier
Release year: 2012
Running time: 100 minutes
Do check out my next blog post on the other fantastic events of the French Art and Film Festival 2014!
Published in The Star 2 August 2013.
French Art & Film Festival 2012 kicks off 23 May – 23 June in Kuala Lumpur, 6-13 June in Penang. As Royal Patron of the French Art & Film Festival (FAFF) this year, I’m delighted to present to you great French film screenings at GSC Pavilion, Mid Valley, 1Utama as well as other musical and artistic performances. Here are the trailers of the French films showing (subtitled in English):
Les Intouchables (The Untouchables) :
Genre: Comedy. One of the greatest blockbusters in French film history with $240 million domestic gross and definitely a favourite of mine. Don’t miss this film as there are only 2 screenings in KL!
Synopsis: The wild cinematic success based on a true story of two men who should never have met –After a paragliding accident, Philippe, a rich aristocrat, hires Driss, a young guy from the projects recently released from prison to be his care-giver… In other words, the person least suited for the job. Together they will blend Vivaldi and Earth, Wind and Fire, elegant diction and street jive, suits and sweatpants…Two worlds are going to collide and come to terms with each other to give birth to a friendship as crazy, comical and strong as it is unexpected, a unique relationship that will create sparks and make them…Untouchable.
Les Femmes du 6ème étage (Service Entrance) :
Genre: comedy. I loved this heart-warming film.
Synopsis: In 1960s Paris, the life of a conservative couple are turned upside down by two Spanish maids. Jean Louis Joubert, a scrupulous foreign exchange broker and an uptight man discovers of a full band of Spanish maids living on the 6th floor of his wealthy residential building. Maria, the maid who’s working for him makes him discover a totally new and exuberant world fully different of his strict world. Stirred by those punchy women, he begins to give up his annoying life to experience for the first time, the happiness and joy from a simple life. But can we really change our life at 45?
Les émotifs Anonymes (Romantics Anonymous) :
Genre: Comedy/ Romance. Looking forward to this one.
Synopsis: What happens when a man and a woman share a common passion? What occurs when a highly emotional man meets a highly emotional woman? They fall in love. And this is what happens to Jean-René, the boss of a small chocolate factory, and Angélique, a gifted chocolate maker he has just hired. Both share the same passion and handicap but being pathologically timid does not make things easy for them. So whether they will manage to get together, join their solitudes and live happily ever after is a guessing matter.
Une Vie De Chat (A Cat in Paris) :
Genre: animated feature film.
Synopsis: Dino is a cat that leads a double life. By day, he lives with Zoé, a little girl whose mother, Jeanne, is a police officer. By night, he works with Nico, a burglar with a big heart. Zoé has plunged herself into silence following her father’s murder at the hands of gangster Costa. One day, Dino the cat brings Zoé a very valuable bracelet. Lucas, Jeanne’s second-in-command, notices that the bracelet is part of a jewelry collection that has been stolen. One night, Zoé decides to follow Dino. On the way, she overhears some gangsters and discovers that her nanny is part of the gangsters’ team
Liberté (Korkoro) :
Synopsis: A Gypsy family travels the French roads during the Second World War, followed by Little Claude, a young boy seeking a new family after his parents “left and never returned”. Upon reaching a town where they traditionally stop for a few months and work in vineyards, they learn that a new law forbids them from being nomadic. Theodore, the town’s mayor, and Miss Lundi, the schoolteacher, protect and help the Gypsies. Despite this, they are arrested and placed in an internment camp. Theodore manages to rescue them and gives them a piece of property where they must settle. But the Gypsies’ deep thirst for freedom makes this sedentary lifestyle difficult to bear. After Theodore and Miss Lundi were arrested for resistance, the Gypsies decide they must get back on the move in order to remain free.
Le Père de Mes Enfants (Father of my Children) :
Synopsis: At one side, Grégoire, a movie producer of great charm, owner of Moon Films, struggles to feed his family: two young daughters, and wife while keeping his studio going when one project hemorrhages money.. In aide of her husband, Sylvia, his Italian wife, tries to hold the family together as she looks fully into Moon Films’ troubles. She meets with a banker, a temperamental Swede, Russian TV magnates, a film lab exec, and Moon’s lawyer. At the same time, Clémence, their oldest daughter, goes on her own search. How does a family pick up the pieces when debt crushes them?
To know more on cinema screening times please visit FAFF website: FAFF Cinema Schedule
Other exciting activities for FAFF include: music, circus, theatre, book launch, French market and more… Visit FAFF . Organized by Alliance Française de Kuala Lumpur (AFKL) Alliance Francaise de Kuala Lumpur.