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Experience France through these My Pope-approved films at the 24th French Film Festival

Experiencing French culture is just one movie ticket away as the French Film Festival returns for its 24th run in the country this June! Organized by the French Embassy in partnership with the Film Development Council of the Philippines, the festival will host screenings in Manila at Greenbelt 3 and Bonifacio High Street Cinemas (June 12 to 18), Cebu at Ayala Center Cebu (June 20 to 22), Davao at Abreeza Mall Davao (June 28 to 30), and Bacolod City at Ayala Capitol Central Mall (July 10 to 12). Tickets are available for P150.

“For nearly a quarter of a century, the French Film Festival has been attracting audiences to discover and rediscover films that offer a particular French aesthetic—those that tell stories that make you laugh, cry, or reflect on the human condition in our society,” said French ambassador Nicolas Galey.

Here are five My Pope-approved films for you to enjoy whether you’re with friends or with the whole family.

L’Incroyable histoire du facteur cheval (The Ideal Palace), 2007

This true-to-life drama tells the story of Ferdinand Cheval, an ordinary man who devotes most of his life to building a castle for his daughter, Alice—without any architectural background. The castle he built is now a historical monument in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region.

De Toutes nos forces (The Finishers), 2014

Julien is just like any average teenager—he dreams of adventures and thrilling sensations. However, Julien is no average boy because he lives in a wheelchair. But he’s not resigned to his condition. He challenges his father to compete with him in the “Ironman” triathlon, one of the most difficult sporting events in the world. A story of love and reconnection, this is a touching film for the whole family.

Dans la brume (Just A Breath Away), 2018

The only science fiction film in the lineup, this film is a story of survival. Sarah is an 11-year-old who has lived in a hermetic chamber all her life. When an earthquake hits Paris and a deadly fog seeps out of the earth, her father will stop at nothing to save his 11-year-old daughter from the spreading danger, and vows to get her out of the chamber she’s been living in.

Le Brio, 2017

This unique drama-comedy tackles racism in a humorous yet thought-provoking manner. Neïla Salah dreams of becoming a lawyer. On her first day at the renowned Assas Law School in Paris, she is singled out by Pierre Mazard, a professor known for his bigoted behavior and misconduct. To redeem himself, he agrees to mentor Neïla for a public speaking contest. Will the two rise above their prejudices?

Le Grand Méchant Renard (The Big Bad Fox & Other Tales), 2017

In a seemingly peaceful countryside, chaos ensues when a fox starts to think it’s a chicken, a rabbit acts like a stork, and a duck wants to replace Father Christmas! You will laugh and be inspired by these creatures’ unique circumstances in this animated film for the entire family.

Text by Yen Cantiga.

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