Film festival heads into final weekend

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The French Film Festival at the dusitD2 baraquda pattaya hotel reaches its conclusion this weekend with two more much-loved cinematic releases from France.  On Friday, Feb. 22 there will be a showing of the movie “Le hussard sur le toit” (The Horseman on the Roof) followed on Saturday evening with a screening of the comedy “Playtime”.  A brief synopsis of both films can be found here.

The month long festival has been held throughout February at the hotel’s pool area.  The movies are shown at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday night.  Admission is free of charge and all the movies carry English subtitles.

For more information, call 038-769-999.

Friday 22nd February: “Le hussard sur le toit” (1995)

Director: Jean-Paul Rappeneau

Category: Drama

Length: 2 hr 15 min

Angelo, the handsome Italian officer with a face like an angel, runs along the alleyways and across the sun-beaten rooftops, gallops down the sunken trails of the fields.  Towards what?  For what?  The story takes place in 1832 during a cholera epidemic that has laid waste to Provence, leaving a mass of corpses with blue, hideously grimacing faces in its wake.  Yet Angelo finds time to lend to and massage the innocent victims with his last reserves of energy.  He also finds time to love, calmly and serenely, the young Pauline de Théus, who is looking for a mysterious husband who may already be dead…

Saturday 23rd February: “Playtime” (1967)

Director: Jacques Tati

Category: Comedy

Length: 2 hr 6 mins

French director Jacques Tati’s fourth major film, and generally considered to be his most daring.  It was shot in 1964 through 1967 and released in 1967. Tati’s character, M. Hulot, and a group of American tourists attempt to navigate a futuristic Paris constructed of straight lines, modernist glass and steel high-rise buildings, multi-lane roadways, and cold, artificial furnishings.  In this environment, only the irrepressible nonconformity of human nature and an occasional appreciation for the good old days breathe life into an otherwise sterile urban lifestyle.  Modern industrial technologies, accepted as necessary by society, are represented by Tati as obstructions to daily life and an interference to natural human interaction.  (Wikipedia)