Le French Film Festival 2017 Penang

Le French Film Festival 2017 Penang

Le French Film Festival 2017 Penang

Many of us dream of a living a French lifestyle. The women are beautiful, stay slim, live well (drink wine daily!) and have enduring good health.  The French men are incredibly handsome!

And speak the beautiful language of love.



What better way to know about the French culture than watching French movies.

To learn French, start by watching a movie with English subtitles. Then watch it again with French subtitles

I was apprehensive at first, thinking I may lose track of the dialogue. Eventually, as I settled in, I realised I could understand as the story unfolds. The beautiful French films can be enjoyed without complete language fluency.

With these movies, a beginner gains exposure to French culture, trains his or her ears, improve pronunciation and is entertained.

Beginners can learn French with full-length French movies too!

(From left) Alliance Francaise de Penang director, Clotilde Vento, French Embassy honorary consul, Teoh Seng Aun, French Embassy cultural counsellor Jean-Pierre Galland and Alliance Francaise de Penang president, Toh Lee Hong. Photo: Tan Gaik Lian

The annual French Film Festival (FFF) is a delightful immersion in the French culture. The film festival honours French cinema with a selection of 17 thought provoking French films.

FFF takes place in three different Malaysian cities, Kuala Lumpur, Penang and, for the first time, in Kota Kinabalu. Golden Screen Cinema (GSC) is the official venue host.


Movie tickets to the FFF titles are screened for FREE, courtesy of Alliance Française de Kuala Lumpur (AFKL) and the Embassy of France, Kuala Lumpur. To redeem 2 (TWO) complimentary tickets, movie buffs only need to present a printout or snapshot of any FFF articles in print or publication, online postings on GSC digital channels.


At the recent screening, invited guests were treated to Martel VSOP and a scrumptious cocktails prepared by Hotel Equatorial Penang.

Alliance Française de Penang’s students and teachers mingled with guests. Beautiful and articulate conversational French fills the air. Everyone had a wonderful time catching up and enjoyed the cocktails.

It pays to learn French in the most prestigious language school!

The guests settling down to the premier screening of “Roslie Blum” at GSC Gurney Plaza (Golden Screen Cinemas), George Town. Photo: Doris Lim

The selection of 17 French films with dramas, comedies, cartoons and thrillers is well received by all amateurs of the French culture.  All movies are screened in French with English subtitles.

We watched “Roslie Blum” as the premier movie. This is an arresting tale of intrigue with comedic scenes to brighten the slow languid pace.

Rosalie Blum is a 2015 French comedy-drama directorial debut for Julien Rappeneau. The film’s slow pace shows hairstylist Vincent Machot bland life. Machot lives grudgingly, hemmed in by his cat, an overbearing mother and a flamboyant cousin.

Machot’s surprise encounter with the lonely mysterious Rosalie Blum changed his life. He was intrigued and fascinated by her. His decides to follow her everywhere is downright creepy.

A mysterious turn of events took him on an adventure of self-discovery. Full of surprises. Ultimately, Vincent Machot’s life and that of Rosalie Blum changed forever.

The Odyssey is an adventure film that film follows Captain Jacques Cousteau, the great French ocean-going adventurer, biologist, and filmmaker.

The Fabulous Patars is a heart-warming comedy that shows family unity and bond as single father Denis struggles to raise his boisterous daughters Janine and Mercredi.


Cigarettes et Chocolat chaud/The Fabulous Patars – 2016 – by Sophie Reine
21 nuits avec Pattie / 21 nights with Patty –  2015 –  by Jean-Marie Larrieu and Arnaud Larrieu
Baden-Baden – 2016 – by Rachel Lang
Juillet Août / July August – 2016  – Diastème
Le petit Locataire/ A bun in the oven – 2016 by Nadège Loiseau
La vache/ One man and his cow – 2016 by Mohamed Hamidi
Rosalie Blum 2016 by Julien Rappeneau


Les deux amis / Two friends – 2015  by Louis Garrel
Nos futurs/Our futures – 2015 – by Rémi Bezançon


Les cowboys/ Cowboys – 2015 – Thomas Bidegain
Les chevaliers blancs / The white knights – 2015  by Joachim Lafosse
Voir du pays/ The Stopover – 2016  by Delphine Coulin, Muriel Coulin


Phantom Boy – 2015 – by Alain Gagnol and Jean-Loup Felicioli

Ni le ciel ni la terre / Neither Heaven nor Earth – 2015 by Clément Cogitore


Chocolat/ Monsieur Chocolat – 2016 – by Roschdy Zem
L’Odyssée / The Odyssey – 2016 – by Jérôme Salle


Alliance Francaise De Penang is a prestigious language centre that promotes both the French language and culture.

Alliance Francaise De Penang
46 Jalan Phuah Hin Leong,
10050, Penang

Call: 04 227 6008
Email: afpenang@gmail.com

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