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French fest fields merry mix of noteworthy films

“Sophie’s Misfortunes”

“Sophie’s Misfortunes”

Since I’m a Parisienne trapped in a Pinay’s body, I am more than excited about the 22nd French Film Festival (FFF), to be held from June 9 to 17 at Greenbelt 3 Cinemas and the BHS Central Square Cinemas.

The FFF is the most anticipated event of the yearlong “PhilFrance: Feel French!” festival, launched by the French Embassy last January to celebrate the 70th anniversary of French-Philippine diplomatic relations.

For the first time ever, the FFF will have free public outdoor screenings at Circuit Makati on June 17 and 18. As a French quote goes, “Le cinéma, c’est l’écriture moderne dont l’encre est la lumière”—which means, cinema is the form of modern writing whose ink is light.

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For Francophiles comme moi, here’s the 2017 FFF lineup (visit ph.ambafrance.org for screening schedule). Allons au cinema! (Let’s go to the movies.):

“Les Malheurs de Sophie” (Sophie’s Misfortunes): From her castle, little Sophie can’t resist the temptation of the forbidden. She struggles to escape her stepmother’s clutches.

“Nocturama”: A group of young people from different backgrounds launch into a strange ballet in the metro tunnels and streets. They converge at a department store when it’s closing time.

“Un Château en Italie” (A Castle in Italy): When a woman encounters a man, her dreams resurface. It’s a story of a family falling apart, the end of an era and a budding romance.

“Je suis un Soldat” (I am a Soldier): A woman who works at a hub for trafficking dogs rapidly takes control of a male-dominated field.

“Tour de France”: The film follows the improbable friendship that develops between a rapper and a builder.

“Les Chevaliers Blancs”: It examines the fate of 300 orphan victims of the Chadian civil war and the French nationals who want to adopt them.

“21 Nuits avec Pattie” (21 Nights with Pattie): It centers on a village girl who likes to talk about her affairs with men.

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“Jamais de la Vie” (The Night Watchman): A night watchman who’s bored with his life seizes an opportunity to feel alive again.

“L’ombre des Femmes” (In the Shadow of Women): It’s about a man torn between his wife and mistress. Things get even more complicated when he finds out his wife also has a lover.

“Le Dernier Diamant” (The Last Diamond): A thief released on parole carries out the biggest job of his life—to steal a mythical diamond.

“Géronimo”: A social educator tries to ease tensions between youngsters in the south of France.

“Bastille Day”: An American pickpocket living in Paris, who’s on top of the CIA’s “Most Wanted List,” gets embroiled in a large-scale conspiracy.

“Personal Shopper”: An American personal shopper of a celeb in Paris has the ability to communicate with spirits.

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