The annual French Film Festival, strongly anchored in Singapore’s cultural landscape as one of the most anticipated film festivals, is back again as part of vOilah! France Singapore Festival with 35 films – its biggest selection ever! The 37th edition of the French Film Festival features a selection of six “Feel Good” movies, in line with the theme of vOilah!, a special section on Music in Cinema as well as a retrospective around Agnès Varda, the godmother of the French New Wave.
Passepartout is a young and scholarly marmoset who dreams of becoming an explorer. One day, he crosses paths with Phileas, a reckless and greedy frog eager to take on a bet to circumnavigate the globe in 80 days and earn 10 million clams in the process. Seizing the opportunity of a lifetime to explore the world, Passepartout embarks with his new friend on a crazy and exhilarating adventure full of twists and surprises.
For six years, Melati, 18, has been fighting the plastic pollution that is ravaging her country, Indonesia. Like her, a generation is rising up to fix the world. Everywhere, teenagers and young adults are fighting for human rights, the climate, freedom of expression, social justice, access to education or food. Dignity. Alone against all odds, sometimes risking their lives and safety, they protect, denounce and care for others. The earth. And they change everything. Melati goes to meet them across the globe. At a time when everything seems to be or has been falling apart, these young people show us how to live. And what it means to be in the world today.
A brand-new aircraft goes down, killing all 300 people aboard. Mathieu is a gifted black box analyst with ultra-acute hearing on a mission to solve the reason behind the deadly crash. When the case is closed by authorities, Mathieu senses there is something wrong with the evidence. As he listens to the tracks again, he starts detecting compromising details. Could the tape have been modified? Mathieu goes against his boss’ orders and begins his own investigation. Mathieu’s inquiries become an obsessional and dangerous quest for truth that will threaten far more than his career.
Philip, an American writer living in exile in London, converses with his wife and other female characters he may have dreamed up: his English mistress, who visits him regularly in the studio that serves as their refuge, a student he loved in another life, a former lover confined to a hospital in New York. Arnaud Desplechin (Kings & Queen) returns with a powerful, haunting story of sex, loyalty, love, and deceit. Adapted from Pulitzer Prizewinner Philip Roth’s bold autobiographical novel exploring the world of adulterous intimacy.
In 1789, at the dawn of the French Revolution, gastronomy is still a prerogative of the aristocrats. When talented cooker Manceron is dismissed by the Duke of Chamfort, he loses the taste for cooking. Back in his country house, his encounter with the mysterious Louise gets him back on his feet. While they both feed a desire of revenge against the Duke, they decide to create the very first restaurant in France.
Gustave Eiffel, who has just been honoured for his contribution to the Statue of Liberty, wants to build metro stations. Instead, he is pushed to create a structure for the 1889 Paris World Fair but he is not sure he is up for the challenge. Everything changes when Eiffel crosses paths with a mysterious woman from his past, Adrienne Bourgès. Eiffel will take on the most colossal challenge in history for the sake of love.
Felix Grandet reigns supreme in his modest house in Saumur where his wife and daughter Eugenie lead a distraction-free existence. Extremely avaricious, he does not take a favourable view of the beautiful parties who rush to ask for his daughter’s hand. Nothing should damage the colossal fortune he hides from everyone. The sudden arrival of Grandet’s nephew, an orphaned and ruined Parisian dandy, turns the young girl’s life upside down. Adapted from Honoré de Balzac novel Eugénie Grandet.
Esther is at the end of her career as Head Seamstress at Dior Avenue Montaigne workshop. One day, she gets her handbag stolen in the metro by a 20 years old woman, Jade. Instead of calling the police she decides to take care of Jade. She sees in her the opportunity to pass on her skills, the craft of dressmaking, her only wealth. In the frenetic world of Haute Couture, Esther will give Jade la beauté du geste, a way to reach beyond herself.
The sequel on the big screen to the cult series of Alexandre Astier, an offbeat version of the legend of the Knights of the Round Table. Hidden in Rome, King Arthur plans his comeback to oppose the army of his former friend Lancelot.
In the peaceful world of Little Nicolas, there is Dad, Mum, school, but above all, his group of friends. They are called Les Invincibles, but above all they are inseparable. At least they think so. Because when Dad receives a promotion and announces that the family must move to the south of France, Nicolas’s little world collapses. How can you imagine life without your best friends? Without Alceste’s croissants, Agnan’s glasses, Clotaire’s nonsense, far from their dear wasteland? Helped by his friends, Nicolas sets out in search of a mysterious treasure that could allow him to prevent this terrible move.
Judith manages a busy double life between Switzerland and France. On the one hand there’s Abdel, with whom she has a little girl, and on the other Melvil, with whom she has two older boys. Gradually, this delicate balancing act built on lies, secrets, and constant to-ing and fro-ing, starts cracking up under the pressure. Caught in a trap, Judith decides to run away from it all and her situation soon spirals out of control.
Every summer, the billionaire Tranchant and his wife Eliane host the glamorous world of celebrities in their luxurious mansion in the south of France. When a criminal car sabotage related to threatening letters wreak havoc in the villa, Tranchant goes in search of the best agent for the investigation. In the middle of this hot summer, only the arrogant and incompetent agent Boullin is available… To catch the suspect and solve the mystery, he will have no choice but to impersonate a newly hired butler and will turn everyone’s vacation into a hilarious game of ‘Cluedo’!
Paris, today. France de Meurs is a star journalist running between a television set, a distant war, and the hustle and bustle of her busy family life. Her frantic high-profile world is suddenly turned upside down after a traffic accident in which she injures a pedestrian. This unexpected irruption of reality calls everything into question. As France attempts to slow down and retreat into a simple anonymous life, her fame continues to pursue her until a mystified love affair seems to put an end to her quest.
1981. The world has changed since the last adventures of OSS 117, France’s finest secret agent. Feminism is gaining ground, computer technology is developing… and Communists lurk everywhere. In the midst of all this tumult, France sends its top spy to Africa to help out President Bamba, whose re-election is threatened by rebels led covertly by his young wife! This mission is trickier, more treacherous, and more torrid than ever. And OSS 117 must, for the first time, team up with a young rival with considerable assets: the up-and-coming OSS 1001. Replacement, partner or competitor?
A son in denial of a serious illness. A mother facing the unbearable. And between them a doctor and a nurse fighting to do their job and help them find acceptance. The four of them have one year and four seasons to come together and understand what it means to die while living.
Clémence, the fearless mayor of a town near Paris, is completing the final term of her political career. With her faithful right-hand man Yazid, she has long fought for this town plagued by poverty, unemployment and slumlords. However, when Clémence is approached to become Minister, her ambition arises, questioning her devotion and commitment to her citizens. Will her political integrity and election promises survive her newly found ambition?
Raf and Julie, a couple on the verge of breaking up, find themselves in an emergency ward bordering on collapse on the evening of a Parisian Yellow Vest protest. Their encounter with Yann, an angry and injured demonstrator, will shatter each person’s certainties and prejudices. Outside, the tension escalates. The hospital, under pressure, must close its doors. Staff is overwhelmed. The night will be long…
Chantal and Christian enjoy a peaceful retirement. Their children Sandrine and Stéphane moved away from home, and they do not call them as often as before. Suffering from empty nest syndrome, Stéphane and Sandrine find a clever way to make their kids come back home: winning the lottery. This desperate attempt becomes a dangerous lie…
The film follows the journey of Alma, a headstrong music student from New York who flies to a remote island where she grew up in Canada to attend the funeral of her grandfather. She doesn’t plan to stay long, but when she finds a wolf pup, and shortly after she rescues a lion cub from a plane wreck, she realises that she can’t leave the animals behind. Henceforth inseparable, the dissimilar predators grow up like brothers. But gamekeepers and circus operators have already got their eyes on the animals, and Alma’s little paradise is in danger of being destroyed. After The Wolf and the Lion, Gilles de Maistre presents a wonderful new adventure about animal friendship.
11 March 2011. The biggest earthquake Tokyo has ever experienced triggers the Fukushima disaster. Alexandra has just arrived in the country from France to work in a bank, and has to face this nuclear crisis. Torn apart between her work and her family, she will defend honour and given word despite emerging terror and anxiety.
Quebec, late 60’s: Sylvette and Anglomard welcome their 14th child, Aline. In the Dieu family, music reigns supreme and when Aline grows up, she discovers her golden talent. When music producer Guy-Claude hears her voice, he intends to make Aline the greatest singer in the world. Supported by her family and guided by Guy-Claude’s experience and love for her, Aline will create an extraordinary destiny for herself. Valérie Lemercier draws loose inspiration from Céline Dion’s life to offer up a mainstream yet original fiction film freely inspired by the artist’s incredible destiny and private life.
This is a premiere for 30 dancers of hiphop, krump, break, voguing… A first for the director Clément Cogitore and for the choreographer Bintou Dembélé. And a first for the Paris’ Opera Bastille. By bringing together urban dance and opera singing, they reinvent Jean-Philippe Rameau’s baroque masterpiece, Les Indes Galantes. From rehearsals to public performances, it is a human adventure and a meeting of political realities that we follow: can a new generation of artists storm the Bastille today?
Love can strike anywhere, anytime. In a container in a northern port of France. At a supermarket cash register. Behind the sliding glass door of a suburban home. And on the stage of an amateur theatre, in the heart of a sailor named Neptune, or on the dance floor of a small-town dancing room. A tribute to poetry, theatre and art.
Brittany, 1980s. A bunch of friends yearning for excitement broadcast a free radio station from their hometown in the countryside. Jerome leads it with unique charisma while Philippe, the technical genius, lives in the shadow of Jerome, his big brother. When called for the military service, Philippe has no choice but to leave for West Berlin. He’s determined to keep on broadcasting, but realizes that he just lived the last glorious moments of a world on the verge of extinction.
Delphine and Solange are two sisters living in Rochefort. Delphine is a dancing teacher and Solange composes and teaches the piano. Maxence is a poet and a painter. He is doing his military service. Simon owns a music shop, he left Paris once month ago to come back where he fell in love 10 years ago. They are looking for love, looking for each other, without being aware that their ideal partner is very close…
Tralala, in his forties, a singer in the streets of Paris, meets one night a very beautiful young woman who sends him a single message before disappearing: “Above all, don’t be yourself”. Did Tralala dream? He leaves the capital and ends up finding in Lourdes the woman he’s already in love with. She doesn’t remember him. But a moving sexagenarian believes that Tralala is actually her own son, Pat, who disappeared twenty years ago in the United States. Tralala decides to take on the “role.” He will find for himself a new family and discover the genius he never had.
Agnès Varda and JR have things in common: a passion for and the exploration of images in general, and more precisely, for places and for ways of showing, sharing, and exhibiting them. Agnès chose cinema. JR chose to create open air photography galleries. When Agnès and JR met in 2015, they immediately wanted to work together, to shoot a film in France, far from cities, during a trip in JR’s photographic (and magical) truck. Through chance encounters and prepared projects, they reached out to others, listening to them, photographing them, and sometimes putting them on posters. This film also tells the story of Agnès and JR’s friendship, which grew stronger throughout the film shoot, between surprises and teasing, and while laughing about their differences.
While in San Francisco for the promotion of her last film in October 1967, Agnès Varda, tipped by her friend Tom Luddy, gets to know a relative she had never heard of before, Jean Varda, nicknamed “Yanco”. This hitherto unknown uncle lives on a boat in Sausalito, is a painter, has adopted a hippie lifestyle and loves life. The meeting is a very happy one.
A happily-married carpenter inadvertently falls in love with a young telephone company employee. As he explores his feelings in the joy of that relationship, he discovers that far from feeling alienated from his wife and child, the joy of his new relationship actually intensifies his attachment to them as well. He is at a loss how to explain this to his wife. When Thomas shares the truth about his relationships with his wife she appears to accept his statement that he has enough love for both her and his mistress, but then she commits suicide. Thomas’ relationship with his mistress survives.
Tongue-in-cheek look at the French Riviera, especially in summer when it overflows with tourists. Reviews its history and famous visitors; displays its faux-exotic buildings, its crowded beaches, its trees and monuments; and, pokes fun at the colours women wear and the vagaries of fashion. The film celebrates the use of “Eden” as a place name, suggesting that paradise comes to the coast after all are gone, perhaps only on a remote island beach.
The intertwined lives of 2 women in 1970’s France, set against the progress of the women’s movement in which Agnès Varda was involved. Pomme and Suzanne meet when Pomme helps Suzanne obtain an abortion after a third pregnancy which she cannot afford. They lose contact but meet again ten years later. Pomme has become an unconventional singer, Suzanne a serious community worker – despite the contrast they remain friends and share in the various dramas of each other’s’ lives, in the process affirming their different female identities.
How to talk about love while staring at the mosque or talk about architecture when in bed. This short is a sort of a variation on love relations between Pomme and Ali Darius (as seen in One Sings, the Other Doesn’t). But it can also be any couple daydreaming in such a perfect place like the Great King Mosque at Isfahan, where secular and sacred art meet… This film will be screened before One Sings, the Other Doesn’t.
On a cold winter’s morning, a farm labourer discovers the dead body of a young woman in a ditch. Her clothes are filthy and torn, her hair unkempt, and her face pale and exhausted. The strange woman appears to have been living rough for some time. Those who encountered her in the weeks preceding her death attempt to piece together her story, to try to work out who she was and where she was heading.
An unpredictable documentary from a fascinating storyteller, Agnès Varda’s film sheds light on her experience as a director, bringing a personal insight to what she calls “cine-writing”, traveling from Rue Daguerre in Paris to Los Angeles and Beijing.