I should have posted this earlier but I was kinda busy on some random things these past few days.
Yes, French Spring 2008 is here. It started last April and will be ending this June. Some of the activities are finished already so I’ll just give you the list of events where you could still attend.
The French Film Festival. Take a peek at France’s rich culture through their movies. Get to know them better through the different stories and characters you’ll meet. The opening night of this film festival will be on June 11, Wednesday, 7:30 pm at Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza.
Here are some of the movies…
Un baiser s’il vous plait (Shall we Kiss?)
A man and woman meet one night. He’d like to kiss her, she’d also like to kiss him, but something in her past stops her from doing so.
David, a shy, awkward musician who has just moved to Paris, falls madly in love with his young student, Julia. He tries everything to win her heart. His room-mate, Anne, provides encouragement, advice and consolation in an extremely passionate way.
Qui m’aime me suive
Max, 34, has been named head of thoracic surgery at a Paris hospital, but abandons his medical career to revive the rock ‘n’ roll band he gave up 15 years prior.
Je crois que je l’aime (Could This Be Love?)
Lucas is a wealthy and handsome industrialist recovering from a recent heartbreak until he finds himself falling head over heels for Elsa, an acclaimed ceramist and fresco artist. Elsa is also enamored but unsure of her new suitor. While Elsa is creating a fresco for Lucas’ office foyer, he hires a private investigator to discover why this enchanting woman is still single.
Serbis (Philippine film)
The Pineda family operates a run-down movie house in a city in the province which shows dated sexy double-feature films. The family has taken up actual residence in the old building as well. The matriarch Nanay Flor, her daughter Nayda, son-in-law Lando and adopted daughter Jewel take turns manning the ticket booth and the canteen. Her nephews Alan and Ronald are the billboard painter and projectionist respectively.
Nanay Flor had filed a bigamy case against her estranged husband and is attending the court hearing today when, after a number of years, the decision will be finally handed down. It is within this context that the story unfolds. As the rest of the members go about their daily activities, we get a glimpse of how they suffer and deal with each other’s sins and vices–relational, economic or sexual.
Alan, who is financially unprepared for marital responsibility, feels oppressed by his pregnant girlfriend’s demand of marriage. Nayda, who entered marriage out of tradition, is torn between marital fidelity and her ambiguous attraction towards her cousin Ronald. Nanay Flor, who loses the case, feels betrayed not only by the court judge but also by her son who testified in favor of his father.
Preoccupied with their personal demons, the family is unmindful that inside the movie theater, another kind of business is going on between the “serbis” boys (male prostitutes) and the gay patrons.
Ma Vie en l’Air (My Life in the Air)
Yann Kerbec’s traumatic birth took place on an airliner in the skies over the Pacific Ocean. His mother died during the birth and Yann (Vincent Elbaz) has not flown since. Not once, not even with the free fly-for-life offer from the airline. Now, he is the simulator trainer for the pilots of an large airline company but still refuses to fly. That is, until he meets Alice and learns that “Love is in the air.”
For the other movies and the schedules, click here.
Also, on June 22, Sunday at 8pm, CCP Main Theater, a modern dance company will be presenting a ballet called La Bossa Fataka. La Bossa Fataka is a journey into the imaginary world of J.P Rameau, compositor at the court of King Louis XV. Extravagant and poetic, this combination of dance and video installation will leave you and your family dreaming.
So, mark your calendars now.