Wednesday, May 25, 2005


Gurney Plaza Penang will play host to the Malaysian 'French Film Festival 2005' from the 23rd to the 26th of June 2005.

Ah If I Were Rich Man...
Classification: U (General)
Directed by: Michel Munz, Gerard Bitton
Cast: Jean-Pierre Darroussin, Valeria Bruni-Tedesci, Richard Berry, Francois Morel, Zinedine Soualem, Helena Noguerra, Darry Cowl, Jean Dujardin, Noemie Lvovsky

The day he wins 10 millions euros at Lotto, Aldo, a traveling salesman on the brink of divorce, discovers that his wife is cheating on him with his new boss. He decides to keep quiet about his win until after the divorce, and although massively rich, he endeavors to keep living as though he were poor...

Les Choristes (The Chorus) *I will be watching this one!
Classification: U (General)
Directed by: Christophe Barratier
Cast: Gerard Jugnot, Francois Berleand, Kad Merad, Jean-Baptiste Maunier

1948. Clement Mathieu, an unemployed music teacher, finds a job as proctor in a correctional boarding school for minors. Although particularly harsh, the educational policies of the school's director, Rachin, are proving ineffectual. Clement sets out to change the pupils lives by acquainting them with the magic and power of music.

M. Ibrahim And The Flowers Of The Coran *Ditto!
Classification: U (General)
Directed by: Francois Dupeyron
Cast: Omar Sharif, Pierre Boulanger, Gilbert Melki

13-year-old Momo is left to his own devices. He has one friend, Mr. Ibrahim, the Arab grocer on the Rue Bleue. But the appearances can be deceiving: the Rue Bleue isn't blue, the Arab isn't an Arab and life isn't necessarily sad.

Agents Secrets
Classification: U (General)
Directed by: Frederic Schoendoerffer
Cast: Monica Bellucci, Vincent Cassel, Andre Dussolier, Chares Berling, Bruno Todeschini

Following the orders of Colonel Grasset of the French Secret Service, Captain Georges Brisseau coordinates an operation to intercept a Russian cargo liner about to deliver weapons to Angolan rebels. George's team is made up of Lisa, who poses as his wife; Raymond and Loic, who take care of the underwater operations; and Tony Corsica as liaison officer. The mission is a success and the spies return to Europe. But Lisa is stopped at the airport after drugs have been placed without her knowledge in her handbag. Not long after, Raymond is assassinated by a mercenary. Realizing that he and his team mates have been manipulated by their superiors, George seeks to avenge Raymond and to save Lisa.

Effroyables Jardins (Strange Gardens)
Classification: U (General)
Directed by: Jean Becker
Cast: Jacques Villeret, Andre Dussolier, Thierry Lhermitte, Benoit Magimel

Every Sunday, it's always the same old story: Lucien, 14, can't understand why his father, a serious and respected teacher, makes fool of himself by dressing up as a clown and giving a show. Andre, Lucien's father's best friend, feels for the teenager and decides to reveal something from their mutual past that will explain the reason for Lucien's father's strange behaviour. At the end of World War Two, both men, in a "fit of patriotism" committed a pathetic act of resistance and got caught at it by the Germans. These would-be heroes became German hostages and were thrown into a "dungeon," along with other sorry companions, where they waited to be shot. Their lives were saved by the heroic actions of an elderly railroad man, a German soldier and an incredible display of humanity. This amazing story will change the way Lucien sees his father.

Tickets will be at normal pricing which I take it will be RM 8.00 during the weekends and RM 6.00 for special weekday tickets. Whatever the price is, watching 'cinema francais' on the big screen should be a wonderful experience for people who've never done it (e.g: yours truly).

Hope to catch you all there!

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