Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Madeline would love this

I will try to write this without Google and the dictionary's help.

Il est French Film Festival de la Shangri-la Mall a partir de Juin 5 a 14. C'est tres bien. Je suis excited. We love our bread, we love our butter, but most of all we love each other.

LOL, f*ck it.

Roster of films can be seen here.

I'm intrigued by A Tout de Suite, Un Secret, Jean de La Fontaine, Van Gogh, Ridicule and Zim and Co.

Set in the 1970s, A Tout de Suite is the story of a 19-year-old girl who discovers that her lover, seemingly a Prince Charming, is actually a thief who has just committed murder. “Tout de suite,” instantly, her safe and comfortable world is turned upside down and she is swept into an adventure that takes her from Spain to Morocco and Greece.

A story of passions and dark family secrets, as told through the eyes of François, an only child who creates a make-believe brother and imagines the past of his parents. On his 15th birthday, a family friend reveals to François a disturbing but illuminating truth.

Paris wakes up on the morning of September 5, 1661 to much noise: Fouquet, the King’s Counsel, is arrested upon order of Colbert, and the young Louis XIV has just become sole ruler of France.

While other artists offer their services to the Divine Monarch, one man affirms his support for the destitute Fouquet: the poet Jean de La Fontaine. Colbert swears to make the rebel surrender, the only artist in the kingdom to put his art above the King. Hence, La Fontaine, even in his misery, stands up to his convictions. Without regret, he resists the persecution and writes the Fables, which become deadly pamphlets against a despotic and decadent regime.

Under the care of Doctor Gachet, Vincent Van Gogh arrives in Auvers-sur-Oise in 1890. This is the most productive period of his life, as he finishes hundreds of paintings and drawings in a span of weeks. And yet it is also his most torturous, as he lives out his last days torn between love and despair.

At Versailles, in the year 1780, everything is being given away: commandments, ribbons, awards, pensions, honorific titles and administrative responsibilities. But because there are only a certain number of prizes available, a competition ensues in the court of King Louis XVI. The honest Grégoire Ponceludon de Malavoy, descended from an ancient, noble and bankrupt family, enters into this center of corruption. Will he be able to resist all of its temptations?


Zim, 20 years old, faces a dilemma: either find a real job, or go to prison. He’s not the lazy type, and looks into the classified ads. But the only job he finds requires him to have a car and a driver’s license in 10 days! Neither of which he has. Good thing Zim has tricks, and best of all, friends: Cheb, Arthur et Safia. And to avoid going to jail, they’re ready to do anything … at least, almost!

By the way, I'm not sure if I've blogged about this, but I took French classes in college. On our last day, the class decided to eat at a French restaurant to celebrate.

The restaurant: The French Baker.

Somewhere, I heard a Michelin Guide critic weep in horreur.

3 * :

Jay said...

Hi, J. Would you happen to know where I could find the complete schedule of the festival?

Jason said...

I'm posting it :-)

Jay said...

maraming salamat!

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