French cinema par excellence: Catch the new, the classics and the yet-to-be released at the French Film Fesitval
The French Film Festival returns from the 6 to 22 November 2020, with its biggest line-up of 37 feature films. Presented as part of the Voilah! France Singapore Festival 2020, the longest-running foreign film festival in Singapore continues to celebrate the best of French storytelling and share them with local movie-goers. The festival offers a line up across varied genres that you can enjoy in the theaters and in the comfort of your own home.
Adapted from the novel by Hannelore Cayre “La Daronne” / The Godmother, which was the winner of the Grand Prize for detective literature (French) in 2017. Patience Portefeux is a French-Arabic police translator who specialises in phone tapings for the anti-narcotics unit. One day, whilst listening to wanted drug dealers, she discovers that one of them is the son of a devoted nurse who takes care of her mother. She decides to protect him and finds herself in the middle of a drug network. After receiving a huge load of hash in her hands, she uses her insider knowledge and police resources to build her own drug trafficking network and earns the name Mama Weed.
Léa, Marc, Karine and Francis are two couples and long-time friends. However, harmony shatters one day. Léa publishes a novel which becomes a best-seller. Far from rejoicing, small jealousies erupts and puts their friendship to the test. The saying goes that it is in the face of success that one recognizes one’s true friends. Would the happiness of some make the misfortune of others?
It’s 1863 in the United States of America. 12-year-old Martha Jane and her family are headed West in search of a better life. After Martha Jane’s father gets into a serious accident, she takes charge of her siblings and learns to drive the family wagon. Martha is forced to flee as she was wrongly accused by the leader of the convoy.
May 1940. The war intensifies, the French army collapses, the Germans will soon be in Paris. The government is in panic as it considers accepting defeat. Charles de Gaulle, who was recently promoted to general, wants to change the course of history. While his wife Yvonne and her children set out on the roads of exodus, Charles returns to London to make another voice heard: that of the Resistance.
Lola is a transgender, she is 18 years old and will eventually be able to have the surgery she has been waiting for for so long. But when her mother dies, she has to face her father’s skepticism.
Daphne, three months pregnant, finds herself alone to welcome Maxime, her boyfriend François’ cousin. While waiting for his return, Daphne and Maxime get to know each other and share very intimate stories that bring them closer.
Antoinette, a teacher, is looking forward to her long-planned summer holidays with her secret lover Vladimir, the father to one of her students. When she learns that Vladimir cannot come because his wife organized a surprise trekking in the Cévennes National Park with their daughter, Antoinette decides to follow their track, with her stubborn donkey.
Virginie, Erik and Aristide, three Parisian cops, are forced to accept an unusual mission to escort a foreigner to the border. On the way to the airport, Virginie realizes that their prisoner risks death if he returns to his country. Faced with this unbearable case of conscience, she tries to convince her colleagues to let him escape.
When 16-year-old Alexis capsizes off the coast of Normandy, 18-year-old David heroically saves him. Alexis has just met the friend of his dreams. But will the dream last for more than one summer?