18th French Film Festival

Arts and Culture


Greenbelt 3
Esperanza St. corner Makati Ave., Ayala Center, Makati
Metro Manila, Philippines

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About the Event

The season for French cinema in the Philippines has arrived! Presented by the Embassy of France to the Philippines, the Alliance française de Manille and Institut Français, under the French cultural program, FrancoPhil, the annual French Film Festival opens to the public from June 7 to 9, 2013 at the Greenbelt 3 cinemas in Makati City.

Now on its 18th edition, the French Film Festival has been an instrument in celebrating the passion for cinema shared by both France, known as the birthplace of cinema, and the Philippines, a pioneering cinema in Southeast Asia.

Opening this year’s festival is “Le Prénom” (“What’s in a Name?”), a film chronicling a soon-to-be father’s revelation of his future son’s name which humorously brings his family into “utter chaos.”

“Family and humor are common themes in French cinema. Most people are surprised to know that both French and Philippine cinema are alike in this way, which may explain the following that the French Film Festival has made through the years,” said the French Embassy’s Audiovisual Attaché Martin Macalintal.

Four other French films will be screened to Filipino viewers free of charge. The line-up includes “Alceste à bicyclette” (“Cycling with Moliere”), “De Rouille et d’os” (“Rust and Bone”), “Du Vent dans mes mollets” (“The Dandelions”), and “Camille redouble” (“Camille Rewinds”).

As both a venue to promote French cinema and to give tribute to Philippine film, this year’s festival follows the prestigious Cannes Film Festival where the Philippines was honored with four feature films: Lav Diaz’ “Norte, Hangganan ng Kasaysayan” and Adolfo Alix, Jr.’s “Death March” in the Un Certain Regard category, Erik Matti’s “On The Job” in the Director’s Fortnight, and a special screening of the digitally-restored classic of the late National Artist for Film, Lino Brocka, “Maynila sa mga Kuko ng Liwanag.”

Moreover, the 18th French Film Festival, as it has in the previous years, reaffirms Franco-Philippine cooperation in film. The French Embassy offers its full support to the Philippine film industry by facilitating exchanges between the Centre national du cinema (CNC) and the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP), initially for the establishment of the National Film Archives of the Philippines.

French Ambassador to the Philippines Gilles Garachon assures that “In the context of the cooperation being developed between the FDCP and the CNC, the latter could share a model of best practices to help the growth of Philippine cinema in the coming years.”

Screening Schedules:

June 7, 2013
4:00pm - The Dandelions
6:30pm - Rust and Bone
9:00pm - Camille Rewinds

June 8, 2013
4:00pm - What's In A Name
6:30pm - Cycling with Moliere
9:00pm - Rust and Bone

June 9, 2013
4:00pm - Camille Rewinds
6:30pm - The Dandelions
9:00pm - Cycling with Moliere
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