FILMS

French Film Festival

16 Recent Motion Pictures for your viewing pleasure

 

This 2018, the festival’s programme truly reflects the French contemporary film productions which include romantic comedies, historical tales, social films, a biopic, an animation film for our young audience and even a fantasy one to suit all age groups.

All films are screened in French with English subtitles. Tickets go on sale 5 April 2018, and are available via GSC box office and online booking via www.gsc.com.my and their mobile application.

 

Le sens de la fête / C’est la vie

Genre Comedy

Directed by Olivier Nakache, Éric Toledano

Release year 2017

With Jean-Pierre Bacri, Jean-Paul Rouve, Gilles Lellouche

Running time 1h57

 

At the head of a catering company, Max has been organising parties for 30 years. Today, an unforgettable wedding in a 17th century castle. Unfortunately, a series of unexpected events arises to disturb Max’s very tight schedule, which could turn the wedding into a disaster. Have a taste of this hilarious comedy served by choice actors and cooked up just for your taste buds by the screenwriters and directors of the successful The Intouchables.

 

 

 

 Rock’n Roll

Genre Comedy

Directed by Guillaume Canet

Release year 2017

Running time 2h03

With Guillaume Canet, Marion Cotillard, Gilles Lellouche, Johnny Hallyday

 

Wealthy, famous and married to Marion Cotillard, 40-something actor Guillaume Canet has every reason to be happy. But on his next shooting, his young female counterpart points out he has gone from hot to not-so-cool-anymore, pushing Guillaume to do whatever it takes to “rock” again… Featuring a line-up of French stars’ cameos including Johnny Hallyday, this is a raucous satire from one French celebrity who isn’t afraid of making fun of himself.

 

 

 

Ce qui nous lie / Back To Burgundy

Genre Fiction, Drama

Directed by Cédric Klapisch

Release Year  2017

With Pio Marmaï, Ana Girardot, François Civil

Running time 1h53

 

 

 

Learning his father is on his deathbed, Jean returns to his hometown -a small village in Burgundy he left 10 years before. Reuniting with his sister Juliette and his brother Jérémie, they have to rebuild their relationship while running the family business, a large vineyard. A tribute to cinema and terroir, Cédric Klapisch’s (Pot Luck) latest film proves that love, just like wine, needs time.

 

 

Ôtez-moi d’un doute / Just To Be Sure

Genre Fiction, drama, comedy

Directed by Carine Tardieu

Release Year  2017

With François Damiens, Cécile de France

Running time 1h40

 

 

Erwan’s life takes an unexpected turn when he finds the man who raised him is not his biological one. Despite his fondness for him, Erwan decides to investigate his real father and thus meets Joseph, a charming old man and Anna, an attractive young woman…who turns out to be Joseph’s daughter. Cécile de France (Hereafter) falls for a touching François Damiens (The Bélier Family) in this role against type…and so do we.

 

 

Demain tout commence / Two is a family

Genre Comedy, drama

Directed by Hugo Gélin

Release year 2017

With Omar Sy, Gloria Colston, ClémencePoésy

Running time 1h55

 

Samuel lives the easy life of a bachelor in the south of France. Until Kristin, one of his former conquests, leaves him in charge of Gloria, a daughter he didn’t know he had. Scared at the idea of being a father, he chases Kristin in London where he ends up raising Gloria by himself. Father and daughter will soon be inseparable. Full of humour and emotions, this wonderful comedy will leave you with a smile on your face (and perhaps a few tears, too).

 

 

 

Cessez-le-feu / Ceasefire                                   

Genre Historical, fiction, drama

Directed by Emmanuel Courcol

Release year 2017

With Romain Duris, Céline Sallette, Grégory Gadebois 

Running time 1h43

 

A former soldier of the First World War, Georges tries to escape his past. But between his brother who the war made deaf and mute and his travel to West Africa with a fellow veteran, his quest seems treacherous… Carried by Romain Duris (Pot Luck, Mood Indigo), this film raises the sensitive subject of the trauma of a First World War which irremediably led to the Second.

 

 

 

Les Tuche 3  / Magic Tuche

Genre Comedy

Directed by Olivier Baroux

Release Year  2018

With Jean-Paul Rouve, Isabelle Nanty, Claire Nadeau, Sarah Stern

Running time 1h35

 

The American dream over, the Tuche family comes home to France. Now the mayor of Bouzolles, Jeff Tuche has a very simple project: that the train stops in his small village. As things do not go according to plan, he decided to run for President and wins to everybody’s astonishment, including his! Since its come-back to the big screen in January 2018, more than 5 million voters have raved over France’s craziest family!

 

 

 

 

Le fils de Jean / A Kid

Genre Drama

Directed by Philippe Lioret

Release year 2016

With Pierre Deladonchamps, Gabriel Arcand

Running time 1h38

Awards COLCOA (United States, 2017), Cinemania Festival (Canada, 2016)

 

 Mathieu grew up not knowing who his father was until one day, a phone call informs him of the latter’s identity and recent death in Canada. Learning that he has two brothers as well, Mathieu goes to the funeral in Montreal. Unfortunately, it appears he is not welcome there… Philippe Lioret -director of Don’t Worry, I’m Fine and Welcome– is back with a film which accurate tone earned it two audience awards in North America.

 

 

Django

Genre Fiction, drama, biopic

Directed by Étienne Comar

Release Year  2017

With Reda Kateb, Cécile De France

Running time 1h55

 

 

In the year 1943, the brilliant jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt is at the peak of his art in German-occupied Paris. While his fellow gypsies are being persecuted throughout Europe, his life takes a turn for the worse when the Nazi propaganda machine wants to send him on tour to Berlin. Reda Kateb (Zero Dark Thirty) dazzles us in this little known part of History and of the life of a musician who influenced several generations of artists.

 

 

 

Le Retour du héros / Return of the hero

Genre Comedy, Historical

Directed by Laurent Tirard

Release year 2018

With Jean Dujardin, Mélanie Laurent

Running time 1h30

 

 

1809, French Empire. Captain Neuville (Jean Dujardin, Oscar-winner for The Artist), wishes to marry the young and naïve Pauline’s. But her sister Elisabeth (Mélanie Laurent, Inglorious Basterds) sees right through this womaniser. When Neuville goes to war, Pauline anxiously waits for news. Elisabeth takes the quill and, pretending to be Neuville, writes to her of his feats and eventually, his coming death. Then Neuville returns…

 

 

 

 Le Grand Méchant Renard et autres contes   /  The Big Bad Fox & Other Tales

Genre Animation

Directed by Benjamin Renner, Patrick Imbert

Release Year  2017

Running time 1h20

 

 

 

3 short stories set in a farm with surprising animals: a fox who steals eggs to eat them but gets attached to the new-born chicks, rabbits who believe they killed Santa Claus, a wise pig and many more… Come and watch the extraordinary and hilarious adventures of these endearing animals. A comedy for all ages.

 

 

 

 

Corniche Kennedy

Genre Adaptation, drama

Directed by Dominique Cabrera

Release year 2017

With Aissa Maïga, Lola Créton, Kamel Kadri, Alain Demaria

Running time 1h34

 

Underprivileged teens often go to the dangerous Kennedy corniche to impress their friends with their cliff diving. A wealthy girl living nearby, Suzanne often watches them, hoping to join the fun. Jumping for the first time, Suzanne comes to like the discharge of adrenaline and asks for more. With the sunny Mediterranean coast of Marseille in the background, this film touches on teenage-years issues.

 

Polina

Genre Drama, adaptation

Directed by AngelinPreljocaj, Valérie Müller

Release Year  2016

With Anastasia Shevstova, VéronikaZhovnitska, Nils Schneider

Running time 1h35

 

Polina is a young Russian ballerina who, upon joining the prestigious Bolshoi Ballet, attends a contemporary dance performance which transforms her life. She then decides to leave for Aix-en-Provence to try a new approach to her art. With this adaptation of the eponymous graphic novel, the directing couple gives us breathtaking dance scenes choreographed by the great Angelin Preljocaj himself.

 

 

 

Patients / Step by Step

Genre Comedy, drama

Directed by Grand Corps Malade, Mehdi Idir

Release year 2017

With Paulo Pauly, Moussa Mansaly, Nailia Harzoune

Running time 1h50

 

 

Following a serious accident, Ben’s life is turned upside down. Dressing or showering has become a daily struggle. Together with his new friends, also disabled, Ben will gradually learn how to cope and live again. Based on French slam poet Grand Corps Malade’s autobiographical novel, Patients is the story of a rebirth, a chaotic journey made up of victories and defeats, tears and laughter, but above all, of encounters.

 

 

 

Dans la forêt / Into The Forest

Genre Fantasy, horror, drama

Directed by Gilles Marchand

Release year 2017

With Jérémie Elkaïm, Timothé Vom Dorp, Théo Van de Voorde

Running time 1h43

 

Two brothers are visiting their divorced father in Sweden during their summer holidays. He takes them to his country house, deep in the forest. Though the children are entusiastic at first, they soon grow ill-at-ease for as time passes, the forest becomes increasingly terrifying, and so does their father’s behaviour. Jérémie Elkaïm (Declaration of War) radiates with strangeness in this film halfway between Twin Peaks and The Shining.

 

L’Atelier / The Workshop

Genre Drama

Directed by Laurent Cantet

Release year 2017

With Marina Foïs, Mathieu Lucci, Warda Rammach

Running time 1h53

 

A young man trying to find a job, Antoine joins a writing workshop led by famous author Olivia. As Antoine’s anger surface through the exercises, he starts confronting the group and the novelist, who is both alarmed and captivated by his violence. After The Class (2008 Palme d’Or in Cannes), Laurent Cantet goes back to social issues focusing on a young generation trying to find its place in nowadays France.