Société Générale Private Banking’s 1st Rendezvous With French Cinema Launches in Singapore in December
Singapore launches the Société Générale Private Banking 1st Rendezvous With French Cinema from 7 to 13 December 2011, a film festival that showcases the best of contemporary French Cinema. Organised by the Alliance Français de Singapour, Institut Français and Unifrance, the Société Générale Private Banking 1st Rendezvous With French Cinema aims to promote the latest French films to local audiences and to offer a business platform for French and regional industry players to network with each other.
Mr Olivier Caron, French Ambassador to Singapore, Mr Olivier Gougeon, Regional Chief Executive Officer – Asia Pacific and Mr Liew Choon Boon, Director, arts and heritage, MICA
Over 20 films will be screened across four venues – The Cathay, Golden Village Vivocity, Shaw Lido cinemas as well as the Alliance Française de Singapour Theatre. The festival programme will feature new film releases that will make their Southeast Asian premiere in Singapore. Through the screenings and professional sessions for French and regional film distributors, the Festival aims to encourage wider distribution of French movies in the region.
The Festival will open with The Artist, a film directed by Michel Hazanavicius. Set in Hollywood between 1927 and 1931, the film is about the decline of a male star as the silent movie era made way for the talkies. The film stars one of France’s leading actors of the day, Jean Dujardin, who won the Best Actor Award at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival for his role in the film. Among others, the films that will be premiering at the Festival include, The Well-Digger’s Daughter, the directorial debut of celebrated French actor, Daniel Auteuil; Special Forces by director Stéphane Rybojad and A Happy Event directed by Rémi Bezançon.
The festival will also pay homage to leading lady of French Cinema, Carole Bouquet, through a Retrospective segment featuring five of her films. Known internationally for her role in the 1981 James Bond movie, For Your Eyes Only, Ms Bouquet will lead the delegation of actors and directors coming to Singapore. To date, confirmed members of the delegation also include directors Stéphane Rybojad and Rémi Bezançon, actor Pio Marmaï from the film, A Happy Event and actress Astrid Berges-Frisbey from the film, The Well-Digger’s Daughter. Audiences will also get a chance to meet and interact with them during post-screening sessions.