Tuesday, May 31, 2011


The much-awaited 16th French Film Festival returns to the Philippines this June, bringing to Filipino audiences a mix of some of the best and latest action, adventure, comedy, drama and documentary films from France today.

The opening night of the festival, which is by invitation only, will feature the action comedy film “Le Marquis,” which was shot in Cebu in 2010 and is the first French-Filipino movie co-production in history.

Starting June 9, the film fest will be open to the public on a first-come, first served basis. The festival includes retrospectives of famed French actress Sandrine Bonnaire and of Filipino director Auraeus Solito, whose latest work “Busong” was screened at the Cannes Film Festival this year as part of the Directors’ Fortnight.

Auraeus Solito’s films will be shown exclusively on June 12, the Philippine Day of Independence. Traditionally, the French Film Festival pays tribute to Philippine cinema by featuring films by Filipino directors who have been invited to France by prestigious festivals like the Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival and the Cannes Film Festival.

For more details, click on this article at the French Embassy in Manila website. It provides film synopsis as well as the film schedule at the Shang Cineplex.

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