Posts Tagged ‘culture’

24th Singapore French Film Festival

October 5, 2008

What is the French Film Festival?

In its tradition, the French people love the arts and the theatre. The annual event is organised by the Alliance Française de Singapour, the French Embassy and and Cathay OrganizationSG Private Banking and Unifrance are the world-wide presenting sponsors of the French Film Festival. And they also have Air France as the Airline Sponsor of the festival.

This year 2008, the French Film Festival in Singapore Films will showcase the finest french actors and directors, box office hits and award winners. With over 20 French films debut screenings in Singapore, it is a highly anticipated event to the expatriates and local Singaporeans. The event also pays tribute to Alain Resnais who is an extraordinary film maker who imposed a cinematic style of entertainment to replace the traditional cinematographic narration. The 24th edition of the French Film Festival will be held from (now!) 3 to 12 October.

Movies I would like to watch..

La Reine Soliel
(Princess of the Sun)

In French with English subtitles
Director: Philippe Leclerc
France, 2007, 90mins, TBA
Cast: Catherine Conet, Gérard Duquet, Nathalie Homs, Arnaud Léonard,
Mathieu Moreau, Philippe Résimont, Martin Spinhayer

>> AF Theatre, Sunday 5 October 2008, 4.30 pm
The Cathay Cineplex, Sunday 12 October 2008, 2.30 pm

Mauvaise foi
(Bad Faith)
In French with English subtitles
Director: Roschdy Zem
France, 2006, 88mins, NC16 – Some mature content
Cast: Cécile De France, Roschdy Zem, Pascal Elbé, Jean-Pierre Cassel,
Martine Chevallier

>>AF Theatre, Saturday 4 October 2008, 6.45 pm
The Cathay Cineplex, Wednesday 8 October 2008, 7.30 pm

Je crois que je l’aime
(Could this be Love?)
In French with English subtitles
Director : Pierre Jolivet
France, 2006, 90mins, PG – Some sexual references
Cast : Vincent Lindon, François Berléand, Sandrine Bonnaire,
Kad Merad, Liane Foly

>>AF Theatre, Wednesday 8 October 2008, 9.15 pm
The Cathay Cineplex, Saturday 11 October, 7.30 pm

Hiroshima mon amour
(Hiroshima My Love)
In French with English subtitles
Director: Alain Resnais
France, 1959, 91mins, Black and White, PG
Cast: Emmanuelle Riva, Eiji Okada, Bernard Fresson, Stella Dassas,
Pierre Barbaud

>>AF Theatre, Monday 6 October 2008, 8.30 pm
The Picturehouse, Saturday 4 October 2008, 9.30 pm

L’année dernière a Marienbad
(Last Year In Marienbad)
In French with English subtitles
Director : Alain Resnais
France, 1961, 94 mins, Black and White, TBA
Cast : Delphine Seyrig, Giorgio Albertazzi, Sacha Pitoeff, Françoise Bertin

>>AF Theatre, Tuesday 7 October 2008, 6.45 pm
The Picturehouse, Sunday 5 October 2008, 4.30 pm

For the full list, download here French Film Festival.

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Amélie: Film français à SMU (24 Sept 2008)

September 22, 2008

My french professor has arranged for a french movie screening in school Wednesday evening at 7pm this week. Titled Amélie, the film starring Audrey Tautou is a whimsical and rather idealised depiction of contemporary Parisian life, set in the northern Paris Montmartre. The story introduces a shy waitress, Amélie, who seeks to improve the lives of those around her while struggling with her own isolation.

Which got me to think about french movies in general. In US, a movie is considered another form of entertainment and it’s success is measured by ticket sales. In France, a movie is often thought as a message sent by a director for the audience’s reflection, and the success of each film is measured by the number of viewers, and not so much of whether if it stays in the box office.

They have the Oscars too, its called les Césars, held in February.

Anyway here’s the movie trailer for Amélie.

Are French People Rude?

September 11, 2008

Related Article: The Rude French Myth @ About.com

I chatted with M something about the french people yesterday. According to M’s friend X, X regarded the french people as snobbish and rude. X proved his point with his little trip to France, and said that the french do not seemed to like talking to him, as if they were looking down on him as a foreigner. What repulses me is the way X (who by the way I see has absolutely zero knowledge on the french culture) talked negatively to potential visitors about the “rude french people”.

Which reminded me of my class last week on the common misconception on the french personality. French people won’t smile unless they mean it, as they consider smiling unnecessary to be hypocritical. When you smile at a French whose face remains impassive, it does not mean that they are disapproving you or that you are rejected socially. It is just the way they operate. As such, it is unfair to dismiss a french person as unfriendly or rude solely by his facial expression.

Generally, most cultures smile upon meeting new people. By smiling, we believe that we are reducing the tension and therefore create a less hostile environment as a result. This we know, is particularly true with the Americans. So imagine if an American were to meet a French and how the American would be put off immediately because of the lack of cultural understanding. It’s not that the French won’t make the effort or that they don’t understand, its simply not part of their ecosystem.

So yes, I don’t think that the french people are rude. The only rude people are the people who come to conclusion too soon without any effort to understand the situation. Of course if you want to argue for the rest of us, you can, start your own blog too.