Feast of French films par excellence

Joie de vivre: (Back row, from right) Gurney Plaza marcom manager Peter Chan, Alliance Francaise de Penang director Rahime Bouaziz, Law, Gurney Plaza centre manager Lawrence Teh and assistant marcom manager Wong Shu Ying joining dancers from Priscilla Ballet and the Kester String Quartet at the launch of the film festival at Gurney Plaza.

THE French Art and Film Festival 2015 in Penang offers a sensory feast of cinematic masterpieces.

The festival, now in its 14th edition, is ongoing at Gurney Plaza until June 14.

It features 15 critically acclaimed and award-winning films of various genres screened at Golden Screen Cinemas (GSC) on the mall’s 7th floor.

They include Cannes Festival selected films like ‘2 Autumns, 3 Winters’ and ‘Age of Uprising: The Legend of Michael Kohlhaas’.

‘My Mommy is in America and She Met Buffalo Bill’ was named Best Animated Film at the 2014 Cesar Awards, while ‘The French Minister and Nine Months Search’ won Best Supporting Actor and Best Actress respectively.

‘Ocean’, named the Best Documentary in the awards 2011 edition, and ‘Beauty and The Beast’, featured in the 2014 Berlin Film Festival, are also on the playlist.

Completing the line-up are ‘Amazonia’, ‘Attila Marcel’, ‘Playground Chronicles’, ‘Bright Days Ahead’, ‘Playing Dead’, ‘The Finishers’, ‘Serial (Bad) Weddings’, and ‘Lulu in the Nude’.

There is also a photography exhibition themed Imagine France by Maia Flore, with several dozen images on show at the Extension Wing Walkway on the ground floor.

State Tourism Development Committee chairman Danny Law said the annual event was a significant highlight in Penang’s events calendar.

“France is often considered the birthplace of cinema, and this brings the best of it here,” he added.

The festival, jointly organised by the Alliance Francaise, French Embassy and the mall, culminates with the Fete de la Musique (French Music Gala) on June 14 from 4pm to 10pm at the mall’s Outdoor Park Amphitheatre.

From now until June 10, shoppers who spend RM350 and above in a maximum of three combined same- day receipts at the mall, may redeem two movie passes from the Information Counter.

For movie times and information, visit www.faff.com.my.

The festival kicked off with the premiere of the movie ‘Playing Dead’ on Tuesday.

The movie was attended by some 100 people including the French ambassador to Malaysia Christophe Penot, Alliance Francaise de Penang president Toh Lee Hong and GSC chief executive officer Koh Mei Lee.

Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, who was the guest of honour at the premiere, hoped that more people would visit the festival, which had attracted 14,000 visitors last year.

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