FREE 17th French Film Festival

Wednesday, June 06, 2012 jeffrey 0 Comments

The Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) and the French Embassy through the Film Cultural Exchange Program is proud to present the 17th edition of the French Film Festival. Get to watch it FREE French Films from June 8 - 17, 2012 at Shang Cineplex in Mandaluyong. The French Film Festival will continue to Cebu on June 21 to 23 at the Ayala Center Cebu. There will be a lineup of 14 contemporary French films. Check the synopsis below. Remember to be there about an hour (or earlier) before screening starts since tickets are distributed on a first come 1st served basis. MTRCB classification may be confirmed at the ticket office.


The Artist
  • A black-and-white silent film that follows the life of George Valentin - a Hollywood silent film star - whose career has come to a close due to the collapse of the silent film industry. He attempts to revive his career by financing his own picture, which opens against a talkie starring up-and-coming young dancer Peppy Miller, who he develops a fascination for.
L’Eau froide (Cold Water)
  • Revolves around the individual lives of Gilles and Christine - both children of divorced parents - who eventually decide to hit the road together after Christine escapes a mental institution and meets up with Gilles at a party. The journey ends as they end up at the Massif central, where Christine disappears and leaves Gilles to face up to his future.

Irma Vep

  • Stars Hong Kong action star Maggie Cheung as herself coming to Paris to play Irma Vep in a story that recreates Louis Feuillade’s Les Vampires. However, trouble arises as the fragile nature of French film-making and the director’s mental instability make the shoot a total catastrophe.

Les Destinées Sentimentales (Sentimental Destinies)

  • Takes on the heartwarming story of Jean and Pauline, whose sentimental destinies intertwine in the midst of a post-World War I society where certainties and industrial dynasties are crumbling. Even though Jean has resigned himself to the failure of his past marriage, they both find a love that is stronger than the past and the passing time.


  • Young, seductive senior executive Diane de Monx becomes a pawn in global intrigues and treachery stretching from Japan to Mexico after the company she belongs to acquires Tokyo Anime, a Japanese company that produces animated pornography.


  • Emily Wang tris to get back on her feet as she vows to give up drugs and change her ways in order to resume her role as a mother after being forbidden to see her son Jay. However, after getting to see Jay again and spending several wonderful hours with him, she finds herself confronted with a choice between her son and the chance to resume her singing career. The Film Clean won the Technical Grand Prize Award at the Cannes Film Festival in 2004.

L’Institut Francais is Le Mariage à Trois (The Three-way Wedding)

  • Playwright Auguste struggles to finish his play and his feelings towards lead star Fanny, who also happens to be his former wife. When Fanny informs him that she will be marrying Theo, his leading man, Auguste tries to prove himself by seducing Harriet - his young assistant - who he later finds to be the ideal fit for the play’s principal role.

Au fond des Bois (Deep in the Woods)

  • Stirs intrigue with the character of Timothee - a strange yet charismatic drifter who managed to impress everyone, including Doctor Hughes and her daughter, Josephine, with his talent for magic and hypnosis. But when he subjects Josephine to a brutal rape, his image is tainted and he leaves the village with Josephine in tow. Doctor Hughes is then left wondering if she is going off on her own free will or if he has mesmerized her into doing his bidding.

Le Refuge (Hideaway)

  • Revolves around the lives of Mousse and Louis - a rich, young, beautiful couple whose lives have been invaded by drugs. One day, they overdose and Louis dies. Mousse survives, but soon learns she's pregnant. Feeling lost, Mousse runs away to a house far from Paris. Several months later, Louis' brother joins her in her refuge.

Roses à Crédit (Roses on Credit)

  • A drama centered on a woman whose life is taken over by greed. Struggling with the aftermath of World War II, Marjoline and her husband, Daniel, dig themselves deeper into debt with no end in sight as Marjoline’s lust for consumer products ceases to fade.

Tout Ce Qui Brille (All that Glitters)

  • Unable to resist, Lila and Ely begin to pick up tips and tricks on how to infiltrate the upper class and begin to carve unique paths for themselves; but the new social circles begin to take their toll both on a familial and romantic level - and the friendship between Lily and Ely begins to strain and crack under the pressure of social advancement. Tout Ce Qui Brille (All that Glitters) won the Best First Film Award at the 2011 César Awards.

L’Art d’Aimer (The Art of Love)

  • A movie following the stories of several Parisian couples. Isabelle, who has not had sex in a year, declines Zoé’s offer to "lend" her husband - and ends up impersonating Amélie, who cannot bring herself to sleep with her buddy Boris. On the other hand, Achille prances around a possible new affair, a middle-aged couple’s marriage is threatened, and a pair of young lovers discovers the pangs of jealousy.

L’Ordre et La Morale (Rebellion)

  • A film set in Ouvea island in New Caledonia, where 30 policemen are held hostage by locals fighting for their independence. 300 members of the French Army Special Forces Unit are immediately sent on a mission, in an attempt to solve the situation through mutual trust and dialogue over violence.

L’arnac?ur (Heartbreaker)

  • Lead character Alex, together with his sister, operates a business designed to break up relationships. Hired by a wealthy man to prevent the wedding of his daughter to an Englishman, they try to complete the seemingly impossible job of breaking up a relationship that looks like it has none of the usual flaws, thus putting Alex’s honorable principles to the test.
Promo Requirements:
  1. Go to Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza Mall in the scheduled movie dates
  2. First come, first served. Get your FREE tickets at least two (2) hours before the screening to guarantee your pass
  3. Enjoy watching great films!
Promo Period: June 8 - 17, 2012
  • June 8
    • 1:00PM (100 mins) - Tout Ce Qui Brille (All That Glitters) *PG-13
    • 3:30PM (90 mins)- Le Refuge (Hideaway) *R-13
    • 5:30PM (100 mins) - Le Mariage à Trois (The Three-way Wedding)*PG-13
    • 8:00PM (113 mins) - Roses à Credit (Roses on Credit) *PG-13
  • June 9
    • 12:30PM (110 mins) - Clean *R-13
    • 3:15PM (102 mins)- L' Heure d'Été (Summer Hours) *Cert 12A
    • 5:30PM (92 mins) - Irma Vep *PG-13
  • June 10
    • 12:00PM (113 mins) - Roses à Credit (Roses on Credit) *PG-13
    • 2:30PM (180 mins)- Les Destinées Sentimentales (Sentimental Destinies) *PG-13
    • 6:00PM (92 mins) - L'Eau Froide (Cold Water)* Forbidden for under 16s
    • 8:00PM (129 mins) - Demonlover *R-13
  • June 11
    • 12:30PM (105 mins) - L'arnacoeur (Heartbreaker)*PG-13
    • 3:00PM (136 mins)- L'Ordre et La Morale (Rebellion) *Recommended for Mature Audiences
    • 6:00PM (85 mins) - L'art d'Aimer (The Art of Love) *Not recommended for under 10 years
    • 8:00PM (105 mins) - L'arnacoeur (Heartbreaker)*PG-13
  • June 12
    • 1:30PM (93 mins) - Bakal Boys *R-13
    • 4:00PM (60 mins)- 2 Short Films
    • 5:30PM (93 mins) - Manila *PG
    • 8:00PM (95 mins) - Busong *PG
  • June 13
    • 12:30PM (129 mins) - Demonlover *R-13
    • 3:30PM (92 mins)- Irma Vep *PG-13
    • 5:30PM (102 mins) - Au Fond des Bois (Deep in the Woods) *PG-13
    • 8:00PM (180 mins) - Les Destinées Sentimentales (Sentimental Destinies) *PG-13
  • June 14
    • 12:00PM (136 mins) - L'Ordre et La Morale (Rebellion) *Recommended for Mature Audiences
    • 3:00PM (85 mins)- L'art d' Aimer (The Art of Love) *Not recommended for under 10 years
    • 5:00PM (105 mins) - L'arnacoeur (Heartbreaker) *PG-13
    • 7:30PM (90 mins) - The Artist *PG 13
  • June 15
    • 12:00PM (192 mins) - L'Eau Froide (Cold Water) * Forbidden for under 16s
    • 2:30PM (129 mins)- Demonlover *R-13
    • 5:30PM (100 mins) - Tout Ce Qui Brille (All That Glitters) *PG-13
    • 8:00PM (110 mins) - Clean *R-13
  • June 16
    • 12:00PM (90 mins) - Le Refuge (Hideaway) *R-13
    • 2:00PM (100 mins)- Le Mariage à Trois (The Three-way Wedding)*PG-13
    • 4:30PM (180 mins) - Les Destinées Sentimentales (Sentimental Destinies) *PG-13
    • 8:00PM (102 mins) - L' Heure d'Été (Summer Hours) *Cert 12A
  • June 17
    • 12:30PM (110 mins) - Clean *R-13
    • 3:00PM (113 mins)- Roses à Credit (Roses on Credit) *PG-13
    • 5:30PM (102 mins) - Au Fond des Bois (Deep in the Woods) *PG-13
    • 8:00PM (100 mins) - Le Mariage à Trois (The Three-way Wedding) *PG-13
Promo Prize: FREE French Films

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