Sunday, October 23, 2022

The 25th French Film Festival Opens in Greenbelt 3 Cinemas, Runs Until October 30 | Beautiful Life

Her Excellency French Ambassador to the Philippines Michele Boccoz with French actress Isabelle Huppert at the Red Carpet Opening of the 25th French Film Festival on October 21, 2022 at Greenbelt 3 Cinemas, Makati City.

The French film festival has been one of the most-awaited French events in the city. The Filipinos and the French share a passion for moving images. Soon after the Lumière brothers invented cinema, Pathé projectors found their way to the Philippine islands and soon enough Filipinos were making films already. 

The French Film Festival has been bringing some of the most critically acclaimed and crowd pleasers to the discerning Filipino audience in search of movies that look into social issues, family values and beautiful scenery that are close to the heart.

On this 25th edition, and as part of the celebration of the 75th anniversary of France-Philippine diplomatic relations, the festival brings to Manila a fresh selection of films, current releases and some that came out in the last two years.

To open the festival is Eiffel by Director Martin Bourboulon that recounts the building of the Eiffel Tower inspired by a love story. The selection includes Lost Illusions by Xavier Gianolli, Farewell Mr Haffmann by Fred Cavayé, set in Paris during the 2nd World War, Notre Dame on Fire by Jean-Jacques Anneaud about the incident that damaged another historical monument in the center of Paris, Him by Guillaume Canet on the life of a music composer, Paris Memories, remembering Paris under terrorist attacks, a sequel to the popular French agent OSS 117 : From Africa with Love, a boyhood adventures with The Time of Secrets by Christophe Barratier, Rise by Cédric Klapisch tells an inspiring story about a ballet dancer.

About Joan by Laurent Larivière and The Promises by Thomas Kruithof are the two most recent films starring Isabelle Huppert who is also the main actress in Brillante Mendoza’s Captive, which is also showing in the festival.

The French Film Festival is also the event that brings together France and the Philippines with the screening of Filipino films that have gained recognition by the French audience. Like On the Job by Erik Matti that was shown in the Director’s Fortnight in Cannes. OTJ Missing 8 will be screening also in the Festival.

In the height of the pandemic, Director Sigrid Bernardo flew to Paris with actors and crew to shoot Walang Kaparis, produced by Piolo Pascual. While the film is still in post production, it paves the way toward co-productions between France and the Philippines. The Film Development Council of the Philippines under the Chairmanship of Tirso Cruz III will strive to work toward the signing of a co-production agreement between France and the Philippines that will open more opportunities for collaboration between French and Filipino filmmakers and more French and Filipino movies to watch in the future.

The festival is open to the public, and is now showing at Greenbelt 3 Cinemas until Sunday, October 30, 2022. Movie tickets are at P200 each.