Director’s Pick

Guest of Honour, director and producer Boo Junfeng, reveals his top picks for French Film Festival 2017:

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Marc Abensour

His Excellency Marc Abensour

AMBASSADOR OF FRANCE TO SINGAPORE

Dear movie lovers,

It’s the return of the Singapore French Film Festival!

For its 34th edition, the Embassy of France and the Alliance Française, with the support of Unifrance, are offering, with their partners Shaw Theatres and The Projector, a selection of the most recent French films, such as “Just a Breath Away” (science fiction), which will open the festival on 8 November, “One Nation One King” (fiction about the French Revolution), “Sink or Swim” (comedy) and “Belle & Sebastian 3” (adventure for young audience).

This year, we are innovating with, for the first time, a special section dedicated to horror and genre films, which is enjoying increasing success in Singapore. In addition, a closing event will be organized, in partnership with Our Tampines Hub, on 18 November, with the screening of the documentary “Tomorrow” presenting initiatives around the world facing environmental and social challenges. A retrospective of four films by Henri-Georges Clouzot is also available.

Several French actors, directors and producers travel to Singapore as part of the festival to introduce their film. This is a unique opportunity for Singaporean audience to meet and interact with them.

This year, the French Film Festival presents 27 movies and 76 screenings, nearly double compared to 2017, to meet the growing success of French cinema in Singapore.

I would like to sincerely thank all the festival partners without whom this 2018 edition would not have been possible.

Enjoy French cinema!

Marc ABENSOUR
Ambassador of France to Singapore

Boo Junfeng

Boo Junfeng – Singaporean

DIRECTOR & PRODUCER

“French cinema has given me so much. Growing up in Singapore, where movie theatres are dominated by Hollywood films, it was through the eyes of auteur masters like Jean-Luc Godard and Francois Truffaut that I got to know the world better.

I have also been a beneficiary of the great film festivals of France – the short films in the earlier years of my filmmaking journey have been in competition at Clermont-Ferrand, and my feature films have both premiered in Cannes. I have experienced first-hand the French audience’s love for movies from everywhere and I have always wished that more people at home in Singapore would also have access to a diverse range of films.

I am therefore very pleased to be a part of this year’s French Film Festival. Its impressive line-up is wide ranging and has something to offer for everyone. It is with great pleasure that I invite you to come experience it in the cinemas.”

Boo Junfeng
French Film Festival Guest of Honor

Romain Duris – Festival Guest

ACTOR IN JUST A BREATH AWAY

Romain Duris was discovered by a casting director in Paris and is best known for his role in Cédric Klapisch’s Spanish Apartment trilogy (2002-2013). Highly versatile, he is the lead actor in Just a Breath Away. He is greatly passionate about drawing and will also exhibit an intimate selection of his works at Alliance Française.

Olga Kurylenko – Festival Guest

ACTRESS IN JUST A BREATH AWAY

Olga Kurylenko is a Ukrainian-born French actress and model, who is best known for her role is as Agent Camille Montes in the James Bond film, Quantum of Solace (2008). In Just a Breath Away, she plays the lead role of Anna, who is caught in a race against time to save her daughter from a deadly disaster in Paris.

Guillaume Lemans – Festival Guests

SCREENWRITER AND CO-PRODUCER OF JUST A BREATH AWAY

Guillaume has collaborated with director Fred Cavayé on two thrillers, Mea Culpa (2013) and Point Blank, which has been remade in the US by Netflix and in South Korea for the film The Target. The apocalyptic thriller, Just a Breath Away, is the first movie in which he is both the co-producer and scriptwriter.

Guillaume Colboc – Festival Guest

PRODUCER OF JUST A BREATH AWAY

Guillaume Colboc started out in the film industry working alongside director Mathieu Kassovitz and has a passion for epic and ambitious projects with rich narratives. Just a Breath Away is the first feature film production of his company, Section9 and also the first French disaster film to be made.

Denis Do – Festival Guest

DIRECTOR OF FUNAN

Denis Do is a second-generation French citizen and has been passionate about visual art, starting to draw from an early age. His animated film, Funan was inspired by his mother’s personal experiences during the Khmer Rouge regime. It won the Cristal Award for Best Feature at the Annecy International Film Festival.

Pascal Laugier – Festival Guest

DIRECTOR OF GHOSTLAND

Pascal Laugier has made a name for himself in the horror genre, writing and directing fantasy-horror feature films Saint Ange, Martyrs and The Tall Man. His latest film, Ghostland, will be presented in the horror section of the French Film Festival, reflecting his prowess in and passion for the genre.

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