Jaclyn Jose, Brillante Mendoza to be honored at 2016 French Film Festival

The 21st French Film Festival will kick off on June 8 at Central Square in Bonifacio Global City. Cannes Best Actress Jaclyn Jose and Ma' Rosa director Brillante Mendoza will be honored during the event.



Cannes Best Actress Jaclyn Jose, award-winning director Brillante Mendoza, and the cast and crew of Ma' Rosa will be honored during the 21st French Film Festival.

The red-carpet event will be held on June 8 at Central Square in Bonifacio Global City.

Last year, the festival, which is usually held a few weeks after the prestigious Cannes Film Festival in France, also welcomed Direk Brillante and Nora Aunor after the film Taklub earned a special citation.

“Since 2012, the festival's gala night has been the welcome party for the Filipino filmmakers who have been attending the Cannes Film Festival,” said Martin Macalintal, audiovisual attaché of the French Embassy in Manila.

This year, the festival opens with a screening of Mon Roi by French director Maïwenn at the Bonifacio High Street Cinemas. Coincidentally, the lead actress in the film (Emmanuelle Bercot) also received the Best Actress Award at the Cannes Film Festival in 2015.

This year, the French Film Festival offers a line up of 17 French movies released between 2014 to early 2016.

The films will be shown from June 8 to 14 at the Greenbelt 3 Cinemas and the Bonifacio High Street Cinemas. On June 12, Independence Day, the festival will put the spotlight on Filipino films that have also been featured at the international film festivals in France: Lawrence Fajardo's Imbisibol and Carl Joseph Papa's animated film, Manang Biring.

Mr. Laurent Legodec, Deputy Head of Mission of the French Embassy, told the press in an interview that this year's festival affirms relationships and continuity, particularly between France and the Philippines.

“We believe that our two countries don't know enough how much they have in common, but we are also confident that development of this relationship will continue,” Mr. Legodec said. “In this case, the French film festival is a good occasion to deepen this understanding.”

The festival will be open to the public starting on June 8 at Greenbelt 3 with Les Nouvelles aventures d'Aladin (The New Adventures of Aladin), a comedic retelling of the story of Aladdin.

This will be followed by Bird People, a drama about a computer engineer and a maid who find their lives changed in one fateful day; Grand Central, which tells a forbidden love story that develops at a nuclear power plant; Un + Une, a romantic comedy starring Academy Award winner Jean Dujardin; and romantic comedy film Toute première fois (I Kissed a Girl).

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Greenbelt 3 Cinemas and Bonifacio High Street Cinemas will then screen the films simultaneously the next day until June 14, Tuesday.

This year's selection also includes family dramas Encore heureux (Hopefully), Belles Families, La Ritournelle (Paris Follies), and Les Souvenirs (Memories); romance in films like La Belle Saison (Summertime) and Party Girl; a journey of self-discovery in La vie très privée de Monsieur Sim (The Very Private Life of Mr. Sim); a film about selling marijuana in Five and a suspense film about an aspiring author in Un Homme Ideal (A Perfect Man), both starring César Award winner Pierre Niney; the comedy Le Fantôme de Canterville (The Canterville Ghost); and Human, a documentary by French environmentalist Yann Arthus-Bertrand.

Tickets will be sold at P100 each.

The films will also be screened in Cebu from June 22 to 25 and Davao from June 28 to 30.

Here is the schedule of the 2016 French Film Festival in Manila:

Greenbelt 3, Makati

 

June 8, Wednesday

12:00 - 2:00 Les Nouvelles Aventures d'Aladin

2:30 - 4:30 Bird People

5:00 - 7:00 Grand Central

8:00 - 10:00 Un + Une

10:30 - 12:30 Toute Première Fois

 

June 9, Thursday

12:00 - 2:00 Toute Première Fois

2:30 - 4:30 Five

5:00 - 7:00 La Belle Saison

8:00 - 10:00 Les Souvenirs

10:30 - 12:30 Grand Central

 

June 10, Friday

12:00 - 2:00 Le Fantôme de Canterville

2:30 - 4:30 La Ritournelle

5:00 - 7:00 Five

8:00 - 10:00 Un Homme Idéal

10:30 - 12:30 Humans

 

June 11, Saturday

12:00 - 2:00 Les Souvenirs

2:30 - 4:30 Les Nouvelles Aventures d'Aladin

5:00 - 7:00 Belles Familles

8:00 - 10:00 La vie très privée de Monsieur Sim

10:30 - 12:30 Toute Première Fois

 

June 12, Sunday

12:00 - 2:00 Belles Familles

2:30 - 4:30 La vie très privée de Monsieur Sim

5:00 - 7:00 Imbisibol

8:00 - 10:00 Manang Biring

10:30 - 12:30 Un Homme Idéal

 

June 13, Monday

12:00 - 2:00 Le Fantôme de Canterville

2:30 - 4:30 Bird People

5:00 - 7:00 Party Girl

8:00 - 10:00 Encore Heureux

10:30 - 12:30 Grand Central

 

June 14, Tuesday

12:00 - 2:00 Bird People

2:30 - 4:30 La Belle Saison

5:00 - 7:00 Mon Roi

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8:00 - 10:00 La Ritournelle

10:30 - 12:30 Party Girl

 

 

Bonifacio High Street Cinemas, BGC

 

June 9, Thursday

12:30 - 2:30 La Belle Saison

3:00 - 5:00 Les Nouvelles Aventures d'Aladin

5:30 - 7:30 Grand Central

8:00 - 10:00 Un + Une

10:30 - 12:30 Les Souvenirs

 

June 10, Friday

12:30 - 2:30 Bird People

3:00 - 5:00 Le Fantôme de Canterville

5:30 - 7:30 Un Homme Idéal

8:00 - 10:00 Belles Familles

10:30 - 12:30 La Belle Saison

 

June 11, Saturday

12:30 - 2:30 Le Fantôme de Canterville

3:00 - 5:00 Un + Une

5:30 - 7:30 La vie très privée de Monsieur Sim

8:00 - 10:00 Five

10:30 - 12:30 Un Homme Idéal

 

June 12, Sunday

12:30 - 2:30 Mon Roi

3:00 - 5:00 Five

5:30 - 7:30 La Ritournelle

8:00 - 10:00 Encore Heureux

10:30 - 12:30 La vie très privée de Monsieur Sim

 

June 13, Monday

12:30 - 2:30 Les Nouvelles Aventures d'Aladin

3:00 - 5:00 Les Souvenirs

5:30 - 7:30 Belles Familles

8:00 - 10:00 Bird People

10:30 - 12:30 La Ritournelle

 

June 14, Tuesday

12:30 - 2:30 Humans

3:00 - 5:00 La Belle Saison

5:30 - 7:30 Encore Heureux

8:00 - 10:00 Les Souvenirs

10:30 - 12:30 Grand Central



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