As if a “rich selection of 18 movies in avant-première (first / preview), ranging from unforgettable cult classics to compelling fresh off the box office films” isn’t enough action for ten short days, The French Film Festival 2016 drops us three film-centric special events as the screenings run throughout 10-20th November.

This Friday 11 November at Alliance Française de Singapour, French Film Festival 2016 attendees get to experience firsthand the history of cinema with a display of iconic movie posters loaned from the Gaumont Museum. This is right before the screening of Les Cowboys, part of Eric Khoo’s festival selection.

Meadows, a country & western-inspired gathering, somewhere in the east of France. Alain is dancing with his daughter Kelly, 16, as his wife and their young son, Kid observe from the sidelines. But on this day, Kelly disappears, and the family falls apart. Alain embarks on a relentless search for his daughter, even if it costs him everything and takes him to some far-off places.

The movie will be followed by a Q&A with Finnegan Oldfield, the French actor himself. Clicking on the banner below takes you straight to the Facebook event page for more details.screen-shot-2016-11-10-at-8-03-56-pm

Following that, on Sunday 13 November, Alone in Berlin is showing at 7pm, co-presented by the Goethe Institute. Pssst! The 20th German Film Festival is ongoing as well, till 13th November.

Set in Berlin 1940. After France’s capitulation, Adolf Hitler is at the apex of the power. Anna and Otto Quangel are two workers from a modest borough in Berlin. One day, their lives change, when their only child, their only purpose in life, dies on a battlefield. Suddenly, they will change this grief into resistance.
This movie is based on a true story and adapted from the book “Every man dies alone’’ by Hans Fallada (1947).

Attendees of the screening are cordially invited to Cocktail On The Beat with [.gif] in the lobby of Alliance Française.screen-shot-2016-11-10-at-8-47-01-pm

On Sunday 20 November, it’s a daytime affair with an 11am screening of Demain (/ Tomorrow), followed by a Green Brunch Debate where attendees get to learn and share viewpoints on ecological, economical and social issues.

As mankind is threatened by the collapse of the ecosystems, Cyril, Mélanie, Alexandre, Laurent, Raphäel and Antoine, explore the world in search of solutions for future generations. Using the most successful experiments in every area (agriculture, energy, habitat, economy, education, democracy…) they try to put back together the puzzle which may tell a new story of the future.screen-shot-2016-11-10-at-8-04-21-pmYou can catch the above listed films on other days and at alternate venues – Golden Village Plaza Singapura, The Projector and Artscience Museum.

The full schedule (good to keep handy!) is below, and all the synopses / additional details are on the Official Site and Facebook Page. Tickets can be bought via the Alliance Française site, ranging from $9 to 19, or $7 to 16 for members. Click on the header of this post to sneak a peek at the festival trailer.planning-final-jpg-1200x800