French Filmfest Opens Tonight

Local films "Independencia", "Sabongero" and "Serbis" are included in this year's French Filmfest line-up.

frenchfilmThe 14th French Film Festival opens tonight, June 5 at 6:30 p.m. at the Shang Cineplex 3.   This year's festival features fourteen films which have been presented at the Cannes Film Festival, and includes local films such as "Independencia" by Raya Martin, "Sabongero" by Janice Perez and "Serbis" by Cannes award-winning director for 2009, Brillante Mendoza.

Tout de Suite, which was initially included in the screening list will no longer be shown in the festival.   "It has been rated X by the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB).   We respect the decision of the board that classified the film as 'not for public viewing', " said Martin Macalintal, Audiovisual Attache of the Embassy of France in the Philippines.   The Pianiste was also issued a special permit for only one screening.

"Manila" by Adolfo Alix, Jr. and Raya Martin will have its own premiere and Brillante Mendoza is set to grace the festival's opening.


The festival will run from June 5 to June 14 with the following screening schedule:

June 5, Friday
Home -   7:30 p.m.

June 6, Saturday
Un Secret-   12:30 p.m.
Ca Brûle - 3:00 p.m.
Jean de la Fontaine - 5:30 p.m.
Van Gogh   - 8:00 p.m.

June 7, Sunday
Home - 12:30 p.m.
Marie-Jo et Ses Deux Amours - 3:00 p.m.
Flandres - 5:30 p.m.
Ma Saison Preferee - 8:00 p.m.

June 8, Monday
Van Gogh - 12:30pm
Flandres - 3:30 p.m.
Ca Brûle - 5:30 p.m.
Zim et Co - 8:00 p.m.

June 9, Tuesday
Zim et Co - 12:30pm
Marie-Jo et Ses Deux Amours - 3:00 p.m.
Flandres - 5:30 p.m.
Jean de la Fontaine - 8:00 p.m.

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June 10, Wednesday
Ca Brûle - 12:30pm
Home - 3:00 p.m.
Van Gogh - 5:30 p.m.
Un Secret - 8:30 p.m.

June 11, Thursday
Dix-Sept Fois Cecile Cassard - 12:30pm
400 coups - 3:00 p.m.
L'esquive - 5:30 p.m.
La Pianiste - 8:00 p.m.

June 12, Friday
Manong Maong and Anino - 12:30 p.m.
Sabongero - 3:00 p.m.
Serbis - 5:30 p.m.
Independencia - 8:00 p.m.

June 13, Saturday
Ridicule - 12:30 p.m.
Dix-Sept Fois Cecile Cassard - 3:00 p.m.
L 'Esquive - 5:30 p.m.
Flandres   - 8:00 p.m.

June 14, Sunday
Un Secret - 12:30pm
Jean de la Fontaine - 3:00 p.m.
Les Quatre Cent Coups - 5:30 p.m.
Van Gogh - 8:00 p.m.

To read the synopses of the featured films, click here.

To get sure seats to the 14th French Film Festival, click here.

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