Thursday, November 13, 2014

4th Rendezvous with French Cinema : Press screening


Rendezvous with French Cinema, the French Film Festival, is back with an exciting line-up of 16 movies, unreleased in Singapore and selected among the best of contemporary French cinema, each aiming to reflect French cultural diversity.

I went to a press screening of Quai d’Orsay (The French Minister) at Alliance française yesterday. I really enjoyed this comedy .... learning "the secrets of foreign affairs"....... and love the quotations from the melancholic Greek philosopher Heraclitus whom I have never heard of before this. haha....


The French Minister (Quai d’Orsay)
Alexandre Taillard de Worms is tall, magnificent, a dashing man attractive to women and, incidentally, Minister of Foreign Affairs in the land of the Enlightenment: France. Arthur Vlaminck, a young academic preparing his PhD, is hired by the minister to write the great man’s speeches. But first he must learn how to deal with the prince’s moods and his entourage, forging a place between his cabinet director and advisers who haunt the Quai d’Orsay, where stress, ambition and underhand tactics are all part of operations.

Serial (Bad) Weddings, the biggest French comedy of the year that attracted more than 12 million viewers in France in 2014, will be making its Southeast Asian debut on opening night. Actor Medi Sadoun and actress Emilie Caen will be accompanying director Philippe de Chauveron on the Red Carpet for the Opening event at the Cathay.

The festival also marks the Singaporean premiere of the acclaimed "Clouds of Sils Maria", selected for the Cannes Festival competition in 2014. which stars Juliette Binoche, Kristen Stewart and Chloë Grace Moretz.

The great Oscar-winning French actress Juliette Binoche will be here to grace the festival, together with French directors Audrey Dana (French Women), Fred Cavaye (Mea culpa) and Nils Tavernier (The Finishers). You will get an opportunity to meet and interact with them at stimulating post-screening sessions following public screenings of their movies at festival venues.

The 16 films will be screened across three venues – The Cathay Cineplex, Shaw Lido and the Alliance Francaise de Singapour – and is held in conjunction with the Singapore International Film Festival.

4th Rendezvous with French Cinema is organised by Institut Français Singapour - Ambassade de France, Alliance française and Unifrance.

Tickets will be priced at $12 at the Shaw Lido ($11 for Singapore Film Society members); $12 at Alliance française ($11 for Alliance française and Singapore Film Society members); and $13 at the Cathay Cineplex ($12 for Singapore Film Society members). The festival’s film schedule and advance online booking can be found at

4th Rendezvous with French Cinema
28 November to 7 December 2014


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    1. I enjoy watching The French Minister (Quai d’Orsay), it's quirky. For some, it might be boring because of the many dialogues. I'm not a film critic so not qualified to rate it. haha....

  2. So i can expect some french kiss scene here?