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16 Movies to Watch at the KL French Festival 2017 in May

The French Festival 2017 is a highly anticipated annual cultural event in Malaysia that provides the public with the opportunity to immerse themselves in French culture. This year, the festival will be held in Kuala Lumpur, Georgetown, and Kota Kinabalu from 4th May to 17th June. There will be dance and music performances, art and architecture exhibitions, food tasting and cooking classes, as well as screenings of French films. It’s a cultural event that you do not want to miss.

Here are 16 French films that you can watch during the festival in Kuala Lumpur. The movies will be screened in French with English subtitles:

1. Cigarettes et Chocolat Chaud (The Fabulous Patars), 2016

Since his wife died, Denis Patar struggles with his two jobs and the education of his two daughters. Although he is a loving father, he has to face the visit of a social worker who is quickly astounded by this weird family’s daily routine. At the Patars’, breakfast is made of crisps, David Bowie is considered a member of the family and stealing is a habit.

Meet the French actor Gustave Kervern on Friday 5th of May at a special screening at GSC Pavilion KL at 9pm!

Genre: Comedy
Running time:
 1 hour 38 minutes
Rating P13
Showtimes: GSC Mid Valley – 19th May, 9pm | GSC Pavilion KL – 5th May, 9pm | GSC 1 Utama – 21st May, 9pm

2. 21 Nuits avec Pattie (21 Nights with Pattie), 2015

Caroline, a forty-something Parisian, suddenly loses her mother while on summer holiday with her family. Despite their complicated relationship, she cuts her holiday short and travels to the small village where her mother used to live to organise her funeral. On arrival she meets Pattie, a very talkative and liberated neighbour. The day before Caroline leaves, her mother’s body mysteriously disappears.

Genre: Comedy
Running time:
 1 hour 55 minutes
Rating P18
Showtimes: GSC Mid Valley – 6th May, 6.30pm; 18th May, 9pm; 20th May, 6.15pm | GSC Pavilion – 7th May, 6.30pm; 13th May, 6.20pm; 21st May, 6.30pm | GSC 1 Utama – 7th May, 8.20pm; 12th May, 9pm; 18th May, 9pm

3. Baden-Baden, 2016

The tale charts the trials and tribulations of Ana, a free-spirited 26-year-old returning home to Strasbourg for the summer after living abroad for long enough to feel out of place everywhere. Ana finds herself at a crossroads after failing conspicuously as a runner on a film production, which led to her return home to Strasbourg. Back home, she throws herself into her diversion of converting her grandmother’s bathroom to a invalid-friendly walk-in shower.

Genre: Comedy
Running time:
 1 hour 34 minutes
Rating P18
Showtimes: GSC Mid Valley – 4th May, 9pm; 16th May, 9pm; 21st May, 4.30pm | GSC Pavilion – 6th May, 4.15pm; 10th May, 9pm; 20th May, 2pm | GSC 1 Utama – 4th May, 9pm; 13th May, 6.30pm; 21st May, 8.40pm

4. Juillet Août (July August), 2016

Laura, 14, and Joséphine, 18, share their holidays between the south of France with their mother, and Brittany with their father, in this film also known as ‘The Summer of All My Parents’. Small secrets and family problems will punctuate these two months of holidays. Adolescents and adults coexisting gives rise to many moments of tension and scenes of tenderness.

Promoted

Genre: Comedy
Running time:
 1 hour 37 minutes
Rating P13
Showtimes: To be confirmed

5. Le Petit Locatair (A Bun in the Oven), 2016

Nicole is 49 years old. She is cashier at a highway toll, her husband is unemployed, her daughter is a young single mother, and her own mother is becoming more and more dependent. Nicole doesn’t have any time for herself but she will have to find some, when she discovered she is pregnant… While the whole family is overwhelmed by the news, she sees it as a new beginning.

Genre: Comedy
Running time:
 1 hour 40 minutes
Rating P18
Showtimes: GSC Mid Valley – 20th May, 8.45pm | GSC Pavilion – 13th May, 8.50pm | GSC 1 Utama – 14th May, 8.20pm

6. La Vache (One Man and His Cow), 2016

Fatah is an Algerian peasant and his life-long dream is to bring his beloved cow, Jacqueline, to the Paris International Agriculture Fair. One day, he finally receives an invitation to this event. Thus he leaves Algeria by boat with his cow. After arriving to Marseille, his plan is to cross France on foot with his Jacqueline.  All along his journey, he goes from one surprise to another, while the public goes from crazy laughing fit to another.

Genre: Comedy
Running time:
 1 hour 32 minutes
Rating P13
Showtimes: GSC Mid Valley – 13th May, 8.20pm | GSC Pavilion – 14th May, 6.15pm | GSC 1 Utama – 20th May, 6.10pm

7. Rosalie Blum, 2015

Vincent Machot has a very monotonous life. When he is not in his barber shop, he spends his time with his cousin or his mother with whom he lives. But one day, he ends up in Rosalie Blum’s grocery. Puzzled by this woman, he starts following her everywhere. From then on, his life becomes a series of surprises.

Genre: Comedy
Running time:
 1 hour 35 minutes
Rating P13
Showtimes: GSC Mid Valley – 7th May, 4.10pm; 8th May, 9pm; 13th May, 2pm | GSC Pavilion – 9th May, 9pm; 13th May, 4.15pm; 21st May, 9pm | GSC 1 Utama – 6th May, 6.15pm; 14th May, 2pm; 20th May, 2pm

8. Les Deux Amis (Two Friends), 2015

Clément, a clumsy young man, is deeply in love with Mona, a beautiful sandwich seller in a Parisian train station. He asks his best friend, Abel, who is a seducer, to help him charm this mysterious and unobtainable young woman.

Genre: Comedy
Running time:
 1 hour 40 minutes
Rating P13
Showtimes: GSC Mid Valley – 10th May, 9pm; 14th May, 2pm; 17th May, 9pm | GSC Pavilion – 6th May, 2pm ; 8th May, 9pm; 14th May, 2pm | GSC 1 Utama – 6th May, 2pm; 13th May, 4.15pm; 17th May, 9pm

9. Nos Futurs (Our Future), 2015

Thomas is 30 years old and although he seems to have everything, he is on the verge of a nervous breakdown. One day, he decides to get in touch with his childhood best friend, who is more immature and carefree than him. The two friends reconnect and try to relive their childhood memories.

Promoted

Genre: Comedy
Running time:
 1 hour 37 minutes
Rating P18
Showtimes: GSC Mid Valley – 5th May, 9pm; 7th May, 9pm; 13th May, 6.10pm | GSC Pavilion – 6th May, 6.30pm; 7th May, 9pm; 14th May, 8.20pm; 20th May, 6.20pm | GSC 1 Utama – 6th May, 8.30pm; 14th May, 6.10pm; 19th May, 9pm

10. Les Cowboys (The Cowboys), 2015

Alain lives with his family in a prairie town east of France. One day, his daughter Kelly disappears. From then on, Alain and his son, Kid, begin an endless quest to find the young girl. Their journey takes them from Belgium to the Middle East; Alain is willing to do whatever it takes to findhis daughter.

Genre: Thriller
Running time:
 1 hour 54 minutes
Rating P18
Showtimes: GSC Mid Valley – 11th May, 9pm; 15th May, 9pm; 20th May, 2pm | GSC Pavilion – 11th May, 9pm; 13th May, 2pm; 17th May, 9pm | GSC 1 Utama – 9th May, 9pm; 13thMay, 2pm; 15th May, 9pm

11. Les Chevaliers Blancs (The White Knights), 2015

Based on the events of L’Arche de Zoé (Zoe’s Ark) Controversy which happened in 2007, this movie shows us that “the road to hell is paved with good intentions”. Jacques Arnault masquerades his NGO named “Move for Kids” as an orphanage in Chad, while his real aim is to bring back the children to adoptive families in France.

Genre: Drama
Running time:
 1 hour 52 minutes
Rating P18
Showtimes: GSC Mid Valley – 6th May, 2pm; 14th May, 6.30pm; 21st May, 2pm | GSC Pavlion – 7th May, 4pm; 15th May, 9pm; 21st May, 2pm | GSC 1 Utama – 5th May, 9pm; 8th May, 9pm; 16th May, 9pm

12. Le Grand Jeu (The Great Game), 2015

Pierre Blum is a former famous writer. One night, a mysterious man named Joseph Paskin approaches him casually outside a French casino. Pierre will soon discover that this encounter wasn’t a coincidence. Paskin, who has a considerable influence in the French politics, will order him a very peculiar piece of work, which will put his life in danger.

Genre: Drama
Running time:
 1 hour 40 minutes
Rating P13
Showtimes: GSC Mid Valley – 7th May, 2pm; 9th May, 9pm; 14th May, 4.15pm; 21st May, 9pm |  GSC Pavilion – 4th May, 9pm; 12th May, 9pm; 18th May, 9pm | GSC 1 Utama – 7th May, 4pm; 11th May, 9pm; 21st May, 4pm

13. Phantom Boy, 2015

Leo is 11 years old and has an extraordinary power. Alex is a young,  and clumsy policeman. Together, they will join their forces to save New York who is threatened by a dangerous man who wants to take control of the city.

Genre: Animated movie
Running time:
 1 hour 24 minutes
Rating P13
Showtimes: GSC Mid Valley – 6th May, 4.30; 13th May, 4.10pm; 20th May, 4.15pm | GSC Pavilion – 7th May, 2pm; 14th May, 4.15pm; 21st May, 4.30pm | GSC 1 Utama – 6th May, 2pm; 14th May, 4.10pm; 20th May, 4.10pm

14. Ni le Ciel ni la Terre (Neither Heaven nor Earth), 2015

While on a mission in Afghanistan, French captain Antarès Bonassieu’s men start  vanishing one by one without explanation. One night, the soldiers are watching figures on the horizon. The next morning, they are simply gone. and satellite images offer no insight either. Captain Antarès sets out on a mission to find his missing men.

Genre: Drama
Running time:
 1 hour 20 minutes
Rating P18
Showtimes: GSC Mid Valley – 14th May, 9pm; 21st May, 6.40pm |  GSC Pavilion – 16th May, 9pm; 20th May, 4.10pm | GSC 1 Utama – 7th May, 6.10pm; 10th May, 9pm; 20th May, 6.10pm

15. Chocolat (Mr Chocolate), 2016

Based on a true story, this film tells the story of “Chocolat”, the first Black circus artist in France. While playing a savage in a small provincial circus, he is discovered by the clown Footit who suggests they set up a double act. The two clowns then become very successful in the Paris during the Belle Epoque.

Genre: Family Drama
Running time:
 1 hour 20 minutes
Rating P13
Showtimes: GSC Mid Valley – 12th May, 9pm | GSC Pavilion – 19th May, 9pm | GSC 1 Utama – 13th May, 8.40pm

16. L’Odyssée (The Odyssey), 2016

This biopic encounters the intrepid life of the captain Jacques Cousteau, the great undersea explorer and the complicated relationship he has with his son Philippe. In 1943, he developed the Self-Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus with his friend Emile Gagnan which totally opened the world under the sea to human beings. From then on, Cousteau’s aim was to show this amazing under sea world to the world through many documentaries and movies.

Genre: Biopic
Running time:
 2 hour 03 minutes
Rating P13
Showtimes: GSC Mid Valley – 7th May, 6.20pm | GSC Pavilion – 6th May, 8.40pm | GSC 1 Utama – 21st May, 6.10pm

Get your tickets!

You can purchase tickets to watch these movies at the GSC Box Office or online at gsc.com.my. Please note that showtimes are subject to change, so make sure to check the GSC website for updated showtimes. Also, check out the French Festival website for more information on other shows and exhibitions!

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