The 19th French Film Festival

I can remember very well, some fifteen years ago maybe, when I first got exposed to French films. I was in high school, the MRT was still new back then and I had just discovered the joys of commuting. I remember reading about the film festival through the newspapers, the Internet was a thing of the future and there was only Greenbelt 1.  Like a wild stranger, the French films I knew were foreign, had crazy plots, well, nudity was a given, and incredibly sexy. It was the gateway that opened my love for European films, which led me to follow some Swedish films since, a little bit of the Italian ones. I wouldn't call myself an expert but I'd think that my youth became more interesting when it got muddled by European cinema, so much so that I remember them more than any Tagalog movie from the 1990s.

Swimming Pool | 2003 {not very European but set in the south of France and one of the disturbing ones}

Now that Ambafrance Manille has released the lineup of movies they're showing at the film festival this year, I am actually thinking of just watching all the films all day. I am especially intrigued and biased over French romcoms, a genre I have quite a couple of favorites.

The Heartbreaker 

As for this year's film lineup, below are the trailers. Enjoy!

It Boy / 20 Years Apart

Amour et Turbulences / Love is in the Air 

Bright Days Ahead / Les Beaux Jours

Lovers / Une autre vie

L’Écume des jours (Mood Indigo)

La Vénus à la fourrure / Venus in Fur

One of a Kind / Mon âme par toi guérie

The French Minister (Quai d'Orsay)

Situation amoureuse : C’est compliqué (Relationship Status: It’s Complicated)

PS: If you have not seen  On the Job, this is the best time. Definitely one of the best Philippine movies of all time.

So excited to watch! Are you?

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