Explore the French Cultural Festival in Penang until July 10

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THE French Film Festival (LFFF22) returns to Penang, promising visitors a captivating cultural adventure.

In addition to film screenings, gastronomy, heritage, live performance and visual arts programs are scheduled until July 10.

Moviegoers will be treated to 17 award-winning French films which will be screened exclusively at Golden Screen Cinemas (GSC) in Gurney Plaza.

This year’s titles include Aline, a hilarious and touching biopic inspired by world-renowned singer Celine Dion, starring and directed by French comedian Valérie Lemercier.

There are also dramas like Annette, The Big Hit, Proxima, Haute Couture, La Belle Epoque, My Brothers and I, The Family, Red Soil and Tokyo Shaking.

The line-up is completed by the romantic film Lost Illusions, the thriller Black Box, the comedies Delicious, The Rose Maker, Mandibles and French Tech, as well as the documentary 16 Sunrises.

President of the Alliance Française de Penang, Haryany Mohamad, said it was good to see the revival of cultural life in Penang, after two years of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“LFFF22 programs will give festival-goers a taste of French culture. We invite everyone to come aboard for an enchanting journey,” she added at the festival launch in Penang at GSC Gurney Plaza.

The Chairman of the State Commission for Social Development and Non-Islamic Religious Affairs, Chong Eng, chaired the event alongside the Counselor for Cooperation and Cultural Affairs of the French Embassy, ​​Emmanuelle Marchand.

“For centuries, France has considered culture – whether fine arts, fashion, music, cuisine, literature, cinema and later video games – as inseparable from its heritage and its identity.

“Although it is often perceived as classic, French culture is, in fact, always on the move, always changing and always dynamic,” Marchand said, adding that there would be something for everyone at LFFF22.

Other programs included the Electro Acoustic Latin Jazzy House performance held at Hin Bus Depot and a gluten-free bread-making workshop at AFP.

Coming up, more gastronomic events like a food and wine pairing dinner at Mercure Penang Beach today, Popping Champagne! tasting at the E&O hotel on Thursday as well as Lillet Candle and Martell Cocktail workshops at the Hin Bus Depot on Saturday.

There will also be a walking tour of the French Heritage Trail in George Town on Saturday and the opening of Cine France in conjunction with George Town Festival (GTF) at Seh Tek Tong Cheah Kongsi on Sunday.

After Penang, Le French Film Festival will travel to Johor Baru from July 7 to 10 and then to Kota Kinabalu in Sabah from July 14 to 17.

It was held in Kuala Lumpur earlier from June 9 to June 26.

Tickets for the various programs can be purchased online via www.lefrenchfestival.com.my

For movies, go www.gsc.com.my or purchase tickets at GSC electronic kiosks. — By JEREMY TAN

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