The SPOT.ph Guide to the 21st French Film Festival
Gear up for 17 French films in one week!
(SPOT.ph) Movie fans, it's time to clear your calendars because the annual French Film Festival is finally here! Free your schedule from June 8 to 14, and gear up for a roster of 17 French films that will be screened in two venues: Greenbelt 3 Cinemas and Bonifacio High Street Cinemas.
Here is the complete list of French films that you can catch at this year's festival.
Ticket prices for both cinemas are priced at P100 and may be purchased at the cinema lobby or online via SureSeats. Screening schedule is subject to change; for the latest schedule, visit the French Film Festival's website.
Mon roi (My King)
Starring: Vincent Cassel, Emmanuelle Bercot, and Louis Garrel
A woman is admitted to a rehabilitation center after a skiing accident, and in the haze of questions and painkillers, she suddenly remembers her tumultuous love story. The film was nominated for a Palme d'Or at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, where it also won a Best Actress award for Emmanuelle Bercot.
Screening schedule: June 14 at 5 p.m. (Greenbelt 3); June 12 at 12:30 p.m. (Bonifacio High Street)
Director: Rebecca Zlotowski
Starring: Tahar Rahim and Léa Seydoux
An unskilled young man lands a job as a sub-contractor in a nuclear power plant where he discovers that radiation contamination is an everyday hazard. At the same time, he falls in love and begins an illicit affair with his friend's fiancée.
Screening schedule: June 8 at 5 p.m., June 9 at 10:30 p.m., and June 13 at 10:30 p.m. (Greenbelt 3); June 9 at 5:30 p.m. and June 14 at 10:30 p.m. (Bonifacio High Street)
La Belle Saison (Summertime)
Director: Catherine Corsini
Starring: Cécile de France and Izïa Higelin
It's 1971, and two women named Carole and Delphine meet and fall in love. When Carole follows Delphine back to her hometown, the two realize that their newfound relationship may not be so easily accepted in the countryside.
Screening schedule: June 9 at 5 p.m. and June 14 at 2:30 p.m. (Greenbelt 3); June 9 at 12:30 p.m., June 10 at 10:30 p.m., and June 14 at 3 p.m. (Bonifacio High Street)
Director: Pascale Ferran
Starring: Josh Charles, Anaïs Demoustier, and Roschdy Zem
At an airport hotel located in the outskirts of Paris, a Silicon Valley engineer abruptly quits his job, leaves his wife, and holes himself up in his hotel room. He soon meets a mysterious hotel maid who will change his life.
Screening schedule: June 8 at 2:30 p.m., June 13 at 2:30 p.m. and June 14 at 12 p.m. (Greenbelt 3); June 10 at 12:30 p.m. and June 13 at 8 p.m. (Bonifacio High Street)
Directed by: Igor Gotesman
Starring: Pierre Niney, François Civil, and Igor Gotesman
A young man paying the rent for himself and his life-long friends must resort to selling marijuana in order to pay the bills. Soon, he and his friends are caught in the dangerous, underground world of drugs.
Screening schedule: June 9 at 2:30 p.m. and June 10 at 5 p.m. (Greenbelt 3); June 11 at 8 p.m. and June 12 at 3 p.m. (Bonifacio High Street)
La vie très privée de Monsieur Sim (The Very Private Life of Mr. Sim)
Director: Michel Leclerc
Starring: Jean-Pierre Bacri, Mathieu Almaric, and Valeria Golino
François Sim's self-worth plunges after his wife leaves him and he loses his job. When he unexpectedly receives a job offer that will take him around France, he uses the time to reconnect with his first love and rediscover his relationship with himself and his estranged daughter.
Screening schedule: June 11 at 8 p.m. and June 12 at 2:30 p.m. (Greenbelt 3); June 11 at 5:30 p.m. and June 12 at 10:30 p.m. (Bonifacio High Street)
Belles familles (Families)
Director: Jean-Paul Rappeneau
Starring: Matthieu Amalric, Marine Vacth, and Gilles Lellouche
A French financier living in Shanghai returns to Paris for a short trip. When he learns that trouble is brewing in his childhood home, he decides to return to his small town to straighten things out. It turns out that his homecoming will be more eventful than he realizes.
Screening schedule: June 11 at 5 p.m. and June 12 at 12 p.m. (Greenbelt 3); June 10 at 8 p.m. and June 13 at 5:30 p.m. (Bonifacio High Street)
Les Souvenirs (Memories)
Director: Jean-Paul Rouve
Starring: Michel Blanc, Annie Cordy, and Matthieu Spinosi
This French comedy revolves around a 23-year-old aspiring writer who discovers the story of a lifetime when his grandmother runs away from a retirement home. He follows her to Normandy, where he learns about her colorful childhood in a small town.
Screening schedule: June 9 at 8 p.m., and June 11 at 12 p.m. (Greenbelt 3); June 9 at 10:30 p.m., June 13 at 3 p.m., and June 14 at 8 p.m. (Bonifacio High Street)
La Ritournelle (Paris Follies)
Director: Marc Fitoussi
Starring: Isabelle Huppert, Jean-Pierre Darroussin, and Michael Nyqvist
Brigitte and Xavier are polar opposites: the former is a dreamer, while the latter's main focus is his work. Now that their children have left home, the couple's routine farm life increasingly weighs Brigitte down. One day, in a moment's madness, she leaves the fields behind and heads for Paris. Xavier, realizing that he may lose her, decides to follow her and regain her affections.
Screening schedule: June 10 at 2:30 p.m. and June 14 at 8 p.m. (Greenbelt 3); June 12 at 5:30 p.m. and June 13 at 10:30 p.m. (Bonifacio High Street)
Le Fantôme de Canterville (The Canterville Ghost)
Director: Yann Samuel
Starring: Audrey Fleurot, Michaël Youn, and Michèle Laroque
In the depths of legendary Brittany, Aliénor de Canterville's ghost is condemned to haunt her family's castle and to scare away any new inhabitants. But when a new family fleeing from Parisian life buys the castle, Aliénor realizes that she can't seem to frighten this family away. Only a 15-year-old member of the family can free her from the curse.
Screening schedule: June 10 at 12 p.m. and June 13 at 12 p.m. (Greenbelt 3); June 10 at 3 p.m. and June 11 at 12:30 p.m. (Bonifacio High Street)
Les Nouvelles aventures d’Aladin (The New Adventures of Aladdin)
Director: Arthur Benzaquen
Starring: Kev Adams and Jean-Paul Rouve
On Christmas Eve, Sam and his best buddy Khalid dress up as Santa to steal as much as they can from a department store. When Sam gets cornered by some children and has to tell them a story, the story of Aladdin–or his wacky, made-up version, at least.
Screening schedule: June 8 at 12 p.m. and June 11 at 2:30 p.m. (Greenbelt 3); June 9 at 3 p.m. and June 13 at 12:30 p.m. (Bonifacio High Street)
Director: Marie Amachoukeli, Claire Burger, and Samuel Theis
Starring: Angelique Litzenburger, Joseph Bour, and Mario Theis
Angélique is 60 years old yet she still actively lives a partying lifestyle. To earn a living, she convinces men to drink in a nightclub on the German border, but as time passes, her clients have become few and far in between. But Michel, a long-time client, is still in love with her and one day, asks her to marry him.
Screening schedule: June 13 at 5 p.m. and June 14 at 10:30 p.m. (Greenbelt 3)
Toute première fois (I Kissed A Girl)
Director: Noémie Saglio and Maxime Govare
Starring: Pio Marmai, Lannick Gautry, and Adrianna Gradziel
Jérémie wakes up in an apartment he doesn't recognize and next to a woman he doesn’t know. She is Adna, a stunning Swedish woman. The only problem is, Jérémie is about to get married—to a man.
Screening schedule: June 8 at 10:30 p.m., June 9 at 12 p.m., and June 11 at 10:30 p.m. (Greenbelt 3)
Un Homme Idéal (A Perfect Man)
Director: Yann Gozlan
Starring: Pierre Niney, Ana Girardot, and Andre Marcon
Mathieu has always aspired to be a famous author, but despite all his efforts, he has never managed to be published. His destiny takes a new turn the day he stumbles across the manuscript of an elderly and solitary man who has recently died. When he steals the text as his own, he becomes the bright new star of French literature. Everyone is now eagerly anticipating his second novel, and as each day passes and pressure mounts, Mathieu plunges ever deeper into a criminal spiral of lies in order to keep his dark secret hidden.
Screening schedule: June 10 at 8 p.m. and June 12 at 10:30 p.m. (Greenbelt 3); June 10 at 5:30 p.m. and June 11 at 10:30 p.m. (Bonifacio High Street)
Un + Une
Director: Claude Lelouch
Starring: Jean Dujardin, Elizabeth Zylberstein, and Christopher Lambert
When a famous French composer flies to India to write the score for the Indian version of Romeo and Juliet, he meets the wife of the French ambassador and embarks on a complicated relationship with her.
Screening schedule: June 8 at 8 p.m. (Greenbelt 3); June 9 at 8 p.m. and June 11 at 3 p.m.
Director: Yann Arthus-Bertrand
Human is a 2015 documentary by French environmentalist Yann Arthus-Bertrand, which is almost entirely composed of exclusive aerial footage and first-person stories told into the camera. It's essentially a collection of stories on what it means to be a human.
Screening schedule: June 10 at 10:30 p.m. (Greenbelt 3); June 14 at 12:30 p.m. (Bonifacio High Street)
Encore heureux (Hopefully)
Director: Benoït Graffin
Starring: Sandrine Kiberlain, Edouard Baer, and Bulle Ogier
This French drama-slash-comedy depicts what happens when a picture-perfect family is hit with long-term unemployment and possible eviction, then turns to a life of crime in order to pay the bills.
Screening schedule: June 13 at 8 p.m. (Greenbelt 3); June 12 at 8 p.m. and June 14 at 5:30 p.m. (Bonifacio High Street)