Opening night of French Film Festival

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The French Embassy in Thailand together with the World Film Festival of Bangkok and hotel dusitD2 baraquda pattaya kicks off this weekend with the first poolside film festival in Thailand – “Pattaya French Film Festival 2013.”

A wide range of French cinematic delights are to be shown at the chic and casual poolside of hotel dusitD2 baraquda pattaya on every Friday and Saturday evening from 8 p.m. throughout February 2013.

The grand opening night on Friday 1st of February will showcase the popular animation comedy “Les triplettes de Belleville” and will be presided over by the new French Ambassador H.E. Thierry Viteau and many honorable guests including Khun Sonthaya Khunpluem, Minister of Culture and high level executives from King Power, Amadeus, Roxy and Sansiri.

The second film showing on the opening weekend is the romantic drama “Lola”, which will be screened on Saturday, Feb. 2, at 8 p.m.

A synopsis of both the opening movies can be found on this page.  Details of further movies to be screened during the film festival can be found in future editions of Pattaya Mail.

For more information, please contact Tasara Taksinapan at E-mail: [email protected] or Tel: 085 215 5490

Friday 1st February: “Les triplettes de Belleville / The triplets of Belleville” (2003)

Director: Sylvain Chomet

With the voices of Jean-Claude Donda, Michel Robin, Monica Viegas

Category: Animation/Comedy

Length: 1h 20min

Synopsis:  Madame de Souza is worried about her young nephew, Champion.  Nothing interests him and he’s bored to death.  One day, she discovers a pile of photos of the Tour de France and various cycling champions that he’s been hiding.  She then buys him a bike and gets him training to be the future winner of the cycling race.

It’s a bad move, for her nephew becomes the prey of the French mafia.  They kidnap him and put him to work in illegal casinos where virtual races are run for high stakes.  Madame de Souza hits the road, searching for her nephew, hoping to free him from the bad guys’ clutches.

This burlesque thriller takes us on Madame de Souza’s hair-raising search for her nephew through Paris’ Belleville neighborhood and an imaginary North American city.  Laughter and tears are guaranteed.

Saturday 2nd February: “Lola” (1962)

Director: Jacques Demy

With Anouk Aimée, Marc Michel, Jacques Harden

Category: Drama/Romance

Length: 1h 30min

Lola takes place in the Atlantic coastal city of Nantes, France.  A young man, Roland Cassard is letting his life waste away until he has a chance encounter with Lola, a woman he used to know as a teenager before World War II and who is now a cabaret dancer.

Though Roland is quite smitten with her, Lola is preoccupied with her former lover, Michel, who abandoned her and her seven-year-old son years before.  Also vying for Lola’s heart is an American sailor, Frankie, whose affection Lola does not return.

Anouk Aimée (left) and Marc Michel are shown in a scene from the 1962 romantic drama “Lola”.Anouk Aimée (left) and Marc Michel are shown in a scene from the 1962 romantic drama “Lola”.