Fall in love with storytelling magic of French films once again as the French Film Festival 2018 returns to beguile you in the latest and greatest of French cinema!
Be mesmerised by the diverse line-up of close to 30 celebrated masterpieces ranging from heartwarming dramas, irreverent comedies, and exciting children’s films that will tug at the heartstring of every movie goer. Great news for thrill-seekers – the festival will also feature a new segment on spine-tingling French horror and thriller films, including a retrospective on the legendary director Henri-Georges Clouzot who was known for his work in the genre. They will have you gripping the edge of your seat from start to finish.
Mathieu will stop at nothing to find a cure for his 11-year-old daughter Sarah’s childhood illness, which confined her to a hermetic, bubble-like chamber since she was born. When a sudden earthquake hits Paris and a deadly gas cloud begins to spread across the city, Mathieu and his wife Anna are forced to seek refuge on the top floor of their apartment building – leaving Sarah behind in her chamber. With the fog showing no signs of clearing, Mathieu and Anna are in a race against time to save their daughter as the batteries powering Sarah’s chamber start to run out.
A group of men in their 40s, all on the verge of a mid-life crisis, decide to form their local pool’s first ever synchronized swimming team for men. Trained by a disgraced champion trying to pull herself together, the group sets out on an unlikely adventure while braving the skepticism and ridicule from everyone around them. Along the way, they regain their self-esteem whilst learning more about one another and ultimately, themselves.
In the final segment of this trilogy, Belle is now a mother-of-three and Sebastian is 12 years old. His father decides to move to Canada but he refuses to leave the mountain. In addition, Sebastian faces a new threat: Joseph, who claims to be Belle’s rightful owner. Sebastian sets out to do all it takes to protect his best friend and her three puppies.
French dancers gather in a remote, empty school building to rehearse on a wintry night. The all-night celebration morphs into a hallucinatory nightmare when they learn their sangria is laced with LSD.
Having been a caterer for over 30 years, Max has organised hundreds of parties and he’s even a bit over it. Today it’s a magnificent wedding in a seventeenth century château, and Pierre and Helena are getting married. As usual, Max has coordinated everything: he’s hired his brigade of waiters, cooks, and dishwashers, advised the couple on a photographer, reserved the orchestra, arranged the floral decorations and so on. In short, all the ingredients have been brought together to ensure the celebration is a success. But as a series of unfortunate events begins to disrupt the finely-timed planning, each moment of happiness risks turning into a disaster.
In this psychological thriller, the wife and mistress of a loathed school principal hatch a plan to murder him while concocting the perfect alibi. They carry out the plan but his body disappears, and a series of strange occurrences ensue.
Ernest, a big bear who likes to play music lives in a home with Célestine, a little orphan mouse. As Ernest prepares to hibernate, Celestine goes in search of the perfect ingredients to make him a batch of yummy cookies. These unlikely friends reunite in this beautifully animated and heartwarming tale.
In 1975 in Phnom Penh, Chou leads an enchanted life until one morning when the Khmer Rouge madness plunges Cambodia into horror. The population is deported to camps and Chou’s confronted to the pain of powerlessness. When her 4-year-old son is snatched from her by a feeling crowd, her world falls apart but she never loses hope as she fights to save her son and keep her family together in a barbaric time.
When a surgeon gets into a car accident that leaves his daughter permanently disfigured, he goes to extreme lengths in order to perform a face transplant for her.
A mother of two inherits a house and the family is confronted with murderous intruders on the first night in their new home. They manage to survive the ordeal but younger sister Vera is left psychologically scarred. Sixteen years later, when the family returns to the house, strange occurrences begin to take place.
When a young vegetarian undergoes a carnivorous hazing ritual at veterinary school, an insatiable taste for meat begins to grow in her.
After waking up in a blood-spattered apartment where a party was raging only a night before, Sam is forced to come to grips with reality: he is now alone and the living dead have invaded the streets of Paris. Petrified with fear, he has to barricade himself inside the building and ensure his own survival. But is he really the sole survivor?
Erwan, an unshakeable mine-clearing expert, suddenly loses his footing when he learns that his father is not his biological father. Despite all the love he feels for the man who raised him, Erwan secretly sets out to find and learn more about his father. He turns out to be an endearing elderly man named Joseph, whom Erwan becomes fond of. As good things come in pairs, Erwan crosses paths with the elusive Anna, who he undertakes to seduce.
Paris, 1789, French Revolution. The Bastille has been stormed and a breath of liberty blows through the streets of Paris. Françoise, a young washerwoman, and Basile, a drifter with neither name, nor family, together discover the unique exhilaration of revolution and love. With their comrades and the working-class people of Paris, they begin to realise a dream of emancipation in the newly formed assembly where they witness, with both hopes and doubts, the creation of a new political system. Within their debates and the riots on the streets hold the fate of their once sacred king and the birth of a republic. Freedom has a story.
The film follows the lives of four distinct female characters: a little country girl, caught up in a tragic game of hide-and-seek; a promiscuous teenage runaway desperate to escape her grim family life; a young woman who moves to Paris and has a brush with disaster; and finally an adult woman who leads an uneventful life but has more than a few secrets of her own. Soon, it becomes apparent that these four characters are but one and the same.
From his difficult childhood in Poland and adolescence beneath the sun of Nice, to his adventures as a pilot in Africa during the Second World War, Romain Gary has lived an extraordinary life. The autobiography of the late French novelist and filmmaker offers a closer look at the driving force – his mother Nina. His love for his dear and eccentric mother made him one of the most prolific novelists of the twentieth century. But over time, his boundless maternal love also proved to be a burden he would have to carry throughout his entire life.
At the age of 43, film star Guillaume Canet has every reason to be happy. Yet his lacklustre life with girlfriend Marion, his son, his country house, and his horses all make him look like a has-been. When his young co-star tells him he has lost his sex appeal and star power, Guillaume is determined to prove her wrong. To do so, he must change everything, and change them fast – surprising his loved ones on the great lengths he will go.
A gang of animal misfits – a fox who mothers a family of chicks, a rabbit that acts like a stork and a duck who wants to replace Santa Claus – embark on a series of hilarious misadventures, proving that life in the countryside is far from peaceful.
Inspector Wens is assigned the case of a serial killer who leaves a calling card on his victims : Monsieur Durand. Learning that he is one of the tenants of a boarding house at No. 21 Avenue Junot, Wens takes a room in the guise of a Protestant minister to investigate. Suspects are arrested, but while each is in jail, there’s another murder.
A documentation of Pablo Picasso in the act of creating paintings, the film enables us to gain deeper insights into his creative process at work.
To kick his drug-taking habit, twenty-two-year-old Thomas joins an isolated community in the mountains. Run by former drug addicts, the members overcome their addiction through prayer and hard labour. Here, Thomas discovers the meaning of friendship, love, and faith.
In a decrepit South American village, four men are hired to transport an urgent nitroglycerine shipment without the equipment that would make it safe.
A fictionalised account of an extensive three-day interview given by European actress Romy Schneider to two journalists a year before her tragic death, the film paints the portrait of a tortured star struggling to be understood as she vents her frustrations about her career and her own motherhood. But she seemed to find a sense of hope and solace in a tender relationship with one of the journalists, Lebeck.
Based on the eponymous book by Cécile Aubry, this reboot takes place in the French Alps, in a peaceful village right before World War II and the German invasion. Sebastian, a lonely boy, encounters Belle, a stray dog. The pair makes an instant connection and their friendship is steadfast, notwithstanding the hardships of the war.
As mankind is threatened by the collapse of the ecosystems, Cyril, Mélanie, Alexandre, Laurent, Raphäel and Antoine, travel the world in search of solutions that can save their children, and with them, future generations. Using the most successful experiments in every area (agriculture, energy, habitat, economy, education, democracy, etc) they try to put back together the puzzle which may tell a new story of the future.
In a house bequeathed to his family by his eccentric aunt, seven-year-old Nat discovers a magical library where popular storybook characters come to life. They are counting on him for protection because if they leave the library, they will disappear along with their stories forever. When his parents start selling off the books, Nat, who is shrunk by the evil witch Carabosse, braves everything to save his tiny friends.
A curated series of short animation films for the young children, produced by Folimage Studio.