ERIC KHOO’S FESTIVAL SELECTION

Cowboys (Les Cowboys) by Thomas Bidegain

Standing tall (La tête haute) by Emmanuelle Bercot

Hothead (Coup de tête) by Jean-Jacques Annaud

Benjamin Dubertret - Ambassador of France to Singapore

“Dear moviegoers, dear movielovers,

Have you ever felt like sharing a strange love story? Or discovering the secret of a successful artistic life, or crying because there is no happy ending? If you want to experience something different, I am happy to invite you to the French Film Festival, taking place from 10th to 20th November in Singapore.

Organized by Institut Français Singapour, the French Embassy and Alliance Française, the French Film Festival presents a rich selection of 18 movies in avant-première, ranging from unforgettable cult classics to compelling films fresh off the box office, with a wide spectrum of genres, ranging from drama, thrillers, documentary, romance, and fantasy – all thanks to the creativity of French films producers and directors.

The opening film of the festival at Capitol Theatre is Monsieur Chocolat, directed by Roschdy Zem, a fascinating true story about the life of the first black artist on a stage in France taking place in the 19th century: the fight against racism, mixed with friendship, art and talent, should bring vibrant emotion to the public.

I would like to thank Eric Khoo, who is this year’s festival godfather, for sharing with Singaporeans his passion for French cinema. We are also thankful to Gaumont, the oldest French production company that gives us the opportunity to present a great selection from their newest best productions.

The French Film Festival will take place at Alliance Française, Golden Village, and The Projector, different theatres working together with us to showcase the diversity and creativity of French cinema.

This event has been made possible thanks the support of our sponsors and partners, who believe in the interest of showing different films that make you laugh, cry, feel and think…. in a French way.

See you at the movies!”

H.E. Benjamin DUBERTRET

Ambassador of France to Singapore

Eric Khoo - Singaporean director & producer

“I have deep respect for the French as where would cinema be without the Lumière brothers?

Through the years I have had the honor of premiering my films at the Cannes film festival and to have the privilege of meeting and collaborating with French cinephiles like Olivier Père, Christian Jeune, Pierre Rissent, Martin Karmitz and Michelle Halberstadt. I also got the great opportunity to have Juliette Binoche as cameo for my short film segment in 7 Letters.

There is no other country on earth that cherishes independent world cinema as much as France.

It is with their passion and love for the 7th art form that makes me so happy to be part of this year’s French Film Festival in Singapore – to embrace and celebrate the magic of French cinema!”

Eric Khoo

French Film Festival Guest of Honor