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Thrills, chills and laughter await cinema-lovers as the French Film Festival returns this year from 8 to 18 November. In a celebration of French storytelling, this edition serves up some new surprises among its exciting showcase of close to 30 contemporary and classic French films, including new and fresh genres – ensuring that everyone will find a movie they can relate to.

On top of a diverse selection of thoughtfully curated films that range from inspiring dramas, uproarious comedies to fantastical animated features for children, audiences can look forward to a brand new twist this year – a section dedicated entirely to horror and thriller films, which is a genre well-loved by Singaporeans. Together they will demonstrate the power and artistry of French cinema to resonate with the international community.

 

JUST A BREATH AWAY
9 Nov, Fri 8pm
dir. Daniel Roby
2018 | France | Sci-fi | In French with English subtitles | 89 mins | PG

Mathieu will stop at nothing to find a cure for his 11-year-old daughter Sarah’s childhood illness, which confined her to a hermetic, bubble-like chamber since she was born. When a sudden earthquake hits Paris and a deadly gas cloud begins to spread across the city, Mathieu and his wife Anna are forced to seek refuge on the top floor of their apartment building – leaving Sarah behind in her chamber. With the fog showing no signs of clearing, Mathieu and Anna are in a race against time to save their daughter as the batteries powering Sarah’s chamber start to run out.

ONE NATION ONE KING
10 Nov, Sat 9.20pm
dir. Pierre Schoeller
2018 | France | Drama | In French with English subtitles | 121 mins | NC16

The Bastille has been stormed and a breath of liberty blows through the streets of Paris. Françoise, a young washerwoman, and Basile, a drifter with neither name, nor family, together discover the unique exhilaration of revolution and love. With their comrades and the working-class people of Paris, they begin to realise a dream of emancipation where they witness the creation of a new political system. Within their debates and the riots on the streets hold the fate of their once sacred king and the birth of a republic.

FUNAN
15 Nov, Thurs 7pm
dir. Denis Do
2018 | France | Animation | In French with English subtitles | 84 mins | TBC

In 1975 in Phnom Penh, Chou leads an enchanted life until one morning when the Khmer Rouge madness plunges Cambodia into horror. The population is deported to camps and Chou’s confronted to the pain of powerlessness. When her 4-year-old son is snatched from her by a feeling crowd, her world falls apart but she never loses hope as she fights to save her son and keep her family together in a barbaric time.

TOMORROW
18 Nov, Sun 5pm
dir. Cyril Dion, Mélanie Laurent
2015 | France | Documentary | In French with English subtitles | 118 mins | PG

As mankind is threatened by the collapse of the ecosystems, Cyril, Mélanie, Alexandre, Laurent, Raphäel and Antoine, travel the world in search of solutions that can save their children, and with them, future generations. Using the most successful experiments in every area (agriculture, energy, habitat, economy, education, democracy, etc) they try to put back together the puzzle which may tell a new story of the future.

 

 

French Film Festival 2018 takes place across several screening venues: Alliance Française, Shaw Theatres Lido, The Projector, National Gallery Singapore and Our Tampines Hub. Tickets can be purchased through the respective screening venues online or in person.

For a full list of the film festival schedule, click here. For the full list of ticket prices at each venue, click here. Admission to the films at Our Tampines Hub is free.

SFS Film Addicts enjoy $2 discount for regular tickets at all ticketed venues. Simply present your membership card upon purchase or at the door.

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