Thursday, April 21, 2016

The annual multi-faceted French experience returns to Malaysia, with a new name, larger programme and wider reach!

The annual and now formerly known as French Art & Film Festival that has thrilled fans for 14 years returns with a new name this year; as Le French Festival (LFF) 2016 promises a French inter-cultural experience that’s larger than life.


With the large scale festival taking place from 6th May to 19th June 2016 and the ‘lifestyle calendar’ occurring from 12th May to 18th June 2016, this 15th edition will once again offer residents in the Klang Valley and Penang a host of events, with this year extending its presence to other first-time participating cities including Johor Bahru. Local and international festival-goers in Malaysia can look forward to an exciting programme including usual offerings such as the French Film Festival (within the larger festival), live music performances and events with visiting French artists, as well as events in gastronomy. This year will also see the introduction of new events such as educational talks.


With more support, the festival is able to reach a much larger scale this year. Organised by the Alliance Française and the Embassy of France in Malaysia, and supported by the Institut Français, the festival is once again presented by Martell and in collaboration with a number of partners including Golden Screen Cinemas (GSC).

Previous editions of the festival consistently attracted a uniquely diverse audience including French and international locally-based communities, tourists visiting Malaysia during the festival period, college students, children, mature adults, as well as art enthusiasts of all ages and backgrounds. With an ever-growing fan-base, last year’s festival recorded its highest support ever at an impressive 9,200 spectators including 6,000 for the film festival alone, seeing an increase of 6% in box office goers from the year before.


What to expect

Among the highlights to expect this year are 14 recent releases in French cinema for movie-goers of all ages from children to adults, along with 15 main events under the festival calendar for art-enthusiasts, music-lovers and foodies alike. Along with the much anticipated live events such as concerts and sessions with visiting French celebrities and artists as well as the regular exciting happenings under the lifestyle banner, this year will see new additions to the calendar including public gastronomy events in support of French trade and tourism, as well as events in education themed in science and literature.

Expect Le French Festival 2016 to offer something for everyone, as a culturally-invigorating experience not to be missed.

FILM FESTIVAL

CINEMA:
French Film Festival* with Golden Screen Cinemas
·       Klang Valley: 12-29 May 2016
at GSC Pavilion KL, GSC Mid Valley Megamall, KL GSC Nu Sentral, KL and
GSC 1 Utama, Petaling Jaya
·       Penang: 2-12 June 2016
at GSC Gurney Plaza

A sub-festival within the larger festival, enjoy only the best in French cinema with some 14 recent releases including comedies, dramas and animated films, to be screened at selected GSC outlets. This year will see a special theme whereby a selection of the titles featured are film adaptations of celebrated novels.

Among the titles we can look forward to include the heart-warming family film “The Belier Family” (La Famille Belier), the highly successful children’s animation “The Little Prince” (Le Petit Prince), the romantic comedy “Caprice”, the historical-themed “The Princess of Montpensier” (La Princesse de Montpensier), as well as the spy-spoof “OSS 117, Lost In Rio” (OSS 117, Rio ne Repond Plus).

Tickets will be available for purchase via GSC website or cinema box office. True-blue festival fans and movie-buffs can also keep a lookout for ticket giveaways in the media.

*Refer to attached movie synopsis document for more information on film selection.

Hi-res photos of the movie posters from this year’s film selection can be downloaded at: http://bit.ly/1QQI6tL


LIVE EVENTS & SHOWS

It’s an exhilarating programme of live events, with musical performances, special events with visiting French artists including a dance performance, a film workshop, a fashion photography exhibition, and more.

CINEMA:
Workshop with director Raphaël Haroche and screening of his film Revox
·       Wednesday 18 May 2016 at 7:30pm
at Pitching Center, KL Sentral Kuala Lumpur

Accomplished artist Raphael Haroche comes to Kuala Lumpur to share his experience working on his musical short-film. A well-known singer and musician, Revox is Raphael’s first venture into filmmaking where he lends his talents as director, writer and actor.

The film, which also stars Raphael’s actress wife and long-term partner Melanie Thierry, features puzzle-piece story-telling about a man who lives in a Paris apartment and can see through the walls the traces left by previous occupants. Revox, which refers to a brand of audio recording equipment, tells the love-story of the couple who once inhabited the apartment, stirring questions of love and relationships.

Along with getting to meet Raphael and Melanie Thierry in person, get inside the mind of a filmmaker as he answers questions and shares his process in making the film as well as composing the soundtrack.

This invite-only event is expected to attract members of the local film community.

Hi-res images can be downloaded at: http://bit.ly/1SPg53S and http://bit.ly/1Rgqef8


CINEMA:
An evening with actress Melanie Thierry and screening of The Princess of Montpensier
·       Thursday 19 May 2016 at 7:30pm
at GSC Pavilion KL
A previous Best Actress winner at the 2010 Cesar awards (French equivalent to Oscars), beloved French actress Melanie Thierry will grace LFF with her presence, as she hosts a Q&A session along with a screening of The Princess of Montpensier, one of the feature selections in this year’s film festival.

In town for the festival with her artist husband Raphael Haroche, the beautiful talent will share her experience playing the title role of the period piece set in 16th century France. Get up close and personal with ‘the princess’ herself, as she shares what it was like to play a heroine during a time of war, as well as to be a part of the film that won the Best Costume Design Cesar award in 2010.

This event will be open to members of the public by obtaining a ticket from GSC.

Hi-res image(s) of Melanie Thierry can be downloaded at: http://bit.ly/1UaQB6n


MUSIC:
Acoustic concert with French singer songwriter Raphael
·       Friday 20 May 2016 at 8:30pm
at MATIC, Jalan Ampang KL
On his debut Asian tour, singer songwriter Raphael will bring the sounds of his 10th album “Sleepwalkers” (Somnambules), to a one-night only acoustic set in Kuala Lumpur.

With the success of his album Caravane, Raphael reached the top of the French and European charts, selling millions of records with a number of notable hits. With lyrics that touch on both social and political themes, Raphael’s unique sound was accompanied by the singing of school children from his own neighbourhood on this latest album.

Wanting to emulate his inimitable vision for Sleepwalkers, Raphael will be accompanied by a local choir of children as he will entertain listeners with this special unplugged concert.

Tickets priced at RM53 for standard guests and RM45 for those with corporate promo codes are now available via Ticket Pro at ticketpro.com.my/jnp/concert/1836515-Raphael-Asean-Acoustic-Tour.html

Hi-res images of Raphael can be downloaded at: http://bit.ly/1Rgqef8




MUSIC:
French Touch night
·       Saturday, 28 May 2016 at 10pm
at Como, TREC KL
French artists have been known to contribute to the global scene of house music. Aiming to host nightlife seekers and music lovers, a special event will be held at an exciting city hotspot which will include a special screening of Eden, a selection from the 2016 film festival.

The film, by Mia Hansen-Løve, is based on the true story of her brother Sven, portrayed through the fictional character of Paul. Set in early 90s Paris where raves dominated, the story centres around Paul’s dive into house music, forming the DJ duo Cheers with his friend at around the same time famed French duo Daft Punk was formed. Depicting a euphoric party era and pulsating with the reckless heartbeat of youth, discover the ‘French Touch’ and how it was born.

Relive the ‘French Touch’ and enjoy a special night at new bar Como at TREC, KL with French electro music and DJs sets along with the film screening.

The event will be subject to venue cover charges.

Hi-res image(s) can be downloaded at: http://bit.ly/1T8KnkJ

MUSIC:
Fête de la Musique
·       Saturday 18 June 2016 from 5pm to 11pm
at The Square, Publika KL
·       Sunday 12 June 2016 from 5pm to 9pm
at Outdoor Amphitheatre, Gurney Plaza, Penang

Kuala Lumpur:
Offering a truly French atmosphere in Kuala Lumpur, LFF is partnering with Publika KL to celebrate both the iconic Fête de la Musique and EuroCup 2016 which will be hosted by France from 10 June to 10 July 2016.

First taking place in Paris in 1982, Fête de la Musique has become an international phenomenon, celebrated in more than 460 cities in 110 countries. The festival will have two focuses to fulfill its purpose to promote music: free concerts that will be accessible to the public, as well as encouraging amateur and professional musicians to perform in the streets under the slogan "Faites de la Musique" (a homophone of the festival that translates to "make music").

A lineup of over 10 musical acts will entertain on The Square’s central stage. Among the acts we can expect to see include French singer Mathilde Limal accompanied by the band Bechamel Mucho, as well as Malaysia’s own favourite hip hop superstar on-the-rise SonaOne, who also happens to be half French himself! Bringing a colourful blend of musical sounds to include romantic and fun Chanson Francaise opera and even some quirky rumba, other acts will include Priscilla Xavier, Rozella, Azmyl, Brendan De Cruz, Endee Ahmad, Ian Tai, Kim Lim, Otam and Joi Noir.

This special outdoor event will be free and open to anyone who loves music, and the festive evening will culminate in a live screening of the Iceland vs Hungary EuroCup 2016 match. Food & beverage stalls will also be set up in the area to create the perfect night for this annual music celebration.

Penang:
Alliance Française de Penang is organizing its second participation in Fête de la Musique at the new outdoor amphitheatre in Gurney Plaza and in Pulau Tikus. Open to any amateur or professional musicians who are keen to perform, and free entry for all music lovers!

Hi-res images for this event can be downloaded at: http://bit.ly/265e7Gm


MUSIC:
An Evening with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra with Guest Soloist Florent Audibert
·       Sunday 19 June 2016 at 8pm
at Pinewood Iskandar Malaysia Studios, Johor Bahru
The Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra (MPO) makes its long-awaited return to Johor Bahru at this year’s Classical Music Festival 2016 under the Johor Bahru: International Festival City (JB: IFC) event.

Proudly sponsored by the Embassy of France in Kuala Lumpur, guest soloist Florent Audibert will thrill with a Cello concerto in B minor, op. 104, of the Czech composer Antonin Léopold Dvorak.

Tickets are expected to be available via MPO box office and/or ticketing for JB:IFC.

Image(s) for this event can be downloaded at:
http://bit.ly/22yUEsQ

ART:
Dance performance Autarcie (…) by Compagnie Par Terre
·       Saturday 21 May 2016 at 8:30pm
at
KL PAC, Sentul
For 50 minutes, four dancers will alternate between forward-facing dance moves and free digression, in which two hip hop dance specialties, breakdance and popping, are brought into contact.

Autarcie (…) is a game of strategy, with the front of the stage is the rallying point where the four powerful individualities come together and devise a warrior dance directed at the audience. Witness the inner workings of this restless “tribe” with all the power struggles that ensue, thus unfolding on stage, to the pulsating, unbridled rhythms of the percussive organic beat.

Accomplished dancer and choreographer Anne Nguyen founded the Par Terre Company after a string of successful performances as a hip hop and contemporary dancer for various companies. First and foremost a B-girl, she has competed, choreographed and battled for various titles, while also expressing herself as a poet and contributor to various editorial titles.

Regular priced are going for RM45, while AFKL members and concession tickets for students, disabled and senior patrons can be purchased at RM35. Tickets can be purchased online via ticketpro.com.my/autarcie

Hi-res images for this event can be downloaded at: http://bit.ly/24Zomvl


ART:
Photography exhibition entitled “Yves Saint Laurent, La Naissance d’une Légende”
·       From Wednesday 1 June to Saturday 25 June 2016
at Galeri Petronas, Suria KLCC – Opening Hours 10am-8pm

Fashion fades, style is eternal”- Yves Saint Laurent.
The mastery of legendary fashion icon Yves Saint Laurent is retold via a quintessential collection of photographs, captured by lauded photographer Pierre Boulat.

Featuring 49 black & white photographs, Boulat followed the lives of Yves Saint Laurent and his long-time partner Pierre Bergé, taking their pictures on and off for some 30 years. The exhibition offers an insight into the celebrated designer’s life after leaving his role as head designer at Christian Dior. The captures portray Yves Saint Laurent at work and his magical preparation process; adjusting the final details of his show backstage, during drawing sessions or quietly working on his own, giving us the chance to feel his excitement, as well as the quality and originality of his creative practice.

The exhibition is will be free admission to the public, with a special opening cocktail at the gallery.

Hi-res images for this event can be downloaded at: http://bit.ly/1Ns5uu2

GASTRONOMY

No cultural experience is complete without a generous serving of authentic cuisine. LFF 2016 will see wider outreach in its calendar of gastronomy events, as various publicly accessible venues will host tastings for authentic French food and drink.

GASTRONOMY:
Bonjour France
·       Isetan KLCC 
Launching on 6 May at 11:30am. Continues till 19 May 2016
·       Jason’s Food Hall, Bangsar Shopping Centre (BSC)
Launching on 7 May at 11:30am. Continues till 15 May 2016
·       Village Grocer at Bangsar Village I
Starting 6 May and launching on 7 May at 3:00pm. Continues till 15 May 2016
·       Jaya Grocer at The Intermark, KL
Beginning 5 May and launching on 8 May at 11:30am. Continues till 19 May 2016
·       Cold Storage [specific outlet to be disclosed]
From 7-15 May 2016
·        Mercato Marketplace Pavilion
From 7-15 May 2016
·       Publika KL (at the boulevard)
from 13-15 May 2016
A gastronomic offering to bring a true taste of France to the Malaysian public, Bonjour France is a two-week food fair happening at various participating partner locations in the Klang Valley.

Supported by various French brands of trusted names, expect authentic products from the well-known regions of Bretagne, Aquitaine and Normandy.

Foodies can also expect a number of mouthwatering activities such as a cooking demonstration and ephemeral restaurant by famous French school of culinary arts with 120 years of experience “Le Cordon Bleu”. There will also be plenty of quality samplings, champagne tastings and lucky draws with numerous gifts and prizes to be won.

This special interactive food fair will be open to the public with special invite-only launch dates for certain locations.

Hi-res images for this event can be downloaded at: http://bit.ly/1W2Ddkn




GASTRONOMY:
Tastings with Martell
Mumm Champagne Tasting (2 sessions)
·       Wednesday 1 June 2016 at 7:30pm
at Neo Tamarind, Jalan Sultan Ismail KL
·       Tuesday 7 June 2016 at 7:30pm
at Ritz Carlton, Jalan Imbi KL

Martell Cognac Tasting
·       Thursday 9 June 2016 at 7:30pm
at Elegantology (Publika) Solaris Dutamas, KL

Mixology Workshop (to coincide with ‘French Touch’ night)
·       Saturday 28 May 2016 at 8:30pm
at Como, TREC KL

Cooking Atelier with Martell Cognac
·       Friday 3 June 2016 at 7:30pm
at AFKL on Lorong Gurney, KL
Every year, presenting sponsor of the festival Martell partners with hip restaurants, hotels and locations in Kuala Lumpur to present special tasting sessions and a cooking class.

Martell - being the oldest of the great cognac houses - was founded in 1715 at the height of French Art de Vivre, and has been offering gastronomy, tasting and craftsmanship for over 300 years of its history.

Tasting sessions will be organised to discover more about champagne, cognac and cocktails with mixology workshops that will awaken the senses. A privileged rendezvous for epicureans, discover how to highlight the richness of the cognac and champagne, when to best serve each beverage and more helpful tips for your own future refined evenings.

These tasting events will include a set dinner charge and interested foodies will be able to reserve a space at RM70 per person for each session by emailing in to AFKL at info@lefrenchfestival.com.my

Hi-res images for the tasting sessions can be downloaded at: http://bit.ly/1p3zrKF


LIFESTYLE & GASTRONOMY:
Garage Sale
·       Saturday 11 June 2016 from 10am to 3pm
at AFKL on Lorong Gurney, KL
There’s nothing quite like a neighbourhood garage sale to encourage friendly exchanges!

Whether an expatriate family moving home who would like to sell their second-hand items, or just a bargain hunter interested to find unique pre-loved items such as equipment or clothes, there is surely treasure to be uncovered at this garage sale. All the while fighting waste and supporting the environment by saying ‘no’ to excess packaging!

Held in the cosy garden space around Alliance Française, there will also be French food and drink to savor as you browse and relax in the lively and sociable atmosphere.

Those wishing to put up a stall of their own can now reserve a space by e-mailing in to info@lefrenchfestival.com.my . Stalls are for rent at RM 40 each for the whole day.

Hi-res images for this event can be downloaded at: http://bit.ly/1SbaEMX


EDUCATION

For the first time ever, the festival with focused efforts from the French Embassy, will extend its programme to include educational events themed in science and literature that will be held at university spaces in the Klang Valley and even Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.

EDUCATION:
Immersion France @ Borneo
·       10-11 May 2016
at Universiti Malaysia Sabah, Kota Kinabalu
Organized by Malaysia-France University Centre (MFUC) and the Embassy of France, this programme aims to promote higher education in France as well as French as a foreign language. Attending students will get to find out more about student life in France concerning the cost of living, available scholarships, course offered by universities and more.

More than just an educational talk, this event will be an innovative and interactive programme that will deliver information in the form of games. 200 students who will form 4 groups of 50 students will be given 2 hours to complete the games and collect points at four different thematic stations (Why choose France, Understand French Higher Education, Prepare your Stay in France & The Importance of French Language).

This programme will welcome students from 7 invited schools from around Sabah and Labuan namely SMK. St Michael, SMS Sabah. SMK Sanzac, SMK Elapora, SMS Lahad Datu, SMK Labuan and SMS Labuan.


EDUCATION:
French Language Symposium
·       7-8 May 2016
at University Malaya
Titled: “Innovative practices in facing the challenges of the teaching of French as a foreign language in the 21st century in Malaysia”, University Malaya and the Education Department of the Embassy of France in Malaysia are jointly organising a national symposium to contribute to the training of teachers.

Via plenary and workshop sessions, the conference will allow participants to exchange notes over a one-and-a half-day symposium, on the innovative practices facing the challenges of the teaching of French language in the 21st century.

This unique educational assembly will also gather the French language global television network, TV5monde and the University of Reunion Island with the participation of the TV host of “Destination Francophone” Yvan Kabacoff, as well as the Professor-researcher Christian Ollivier, as guest speakers. Prof. Ollivier will be speaking on the topic of “Theatre Practices and Socio-Interactional Approaches: To more authenticity and motivation in language classes”.

Open to the public with special encouragement for participation from all stakeholders involved in French language in Malaysia.

EDUCATION:
ICT –BIO Asia Workshop 2016
·       30-31 May 2016
at IPPP Auditorium, University Malaya
Co-organized by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development, the Malaysia France University Centre, the Academy of Sciences Malaysia and University Malaya, this scientific workshop will bring together French and Asian scientists, representatives of partner institutions and public and private sectors, with a view to the call for projects related to the regional scientific funding schemes, ICT-Asia and Bio-Asia programs. The talks in English will focus on the following four scientific themes namely Biomass and Renewable Energies, Cybersecurity, Green Smart Cities and Health & Wellbeing.

This event will be open to the general public, and more information can be obtained via
www.ictbioasia2016.org(Construction on progress)
www.ambafrance-my.org/Seminaire-Bio-STIC-Asie-2016-Appels-a-communications
or by emailing in to inquiry@ictbioasia2016.org

EDUCATION:
Fauconnier Literature Symposium
·       20-21 May 2016
at Hotel de Palma, Kuala Selangor
This event is centred around French writer Henri Fauconnier, winner of the Goncourt Prize 1930 (the most esteemed literature prize in France) for his novel Malaisie, which has now been translated into Bahasa Malaysia by celebrated Malaysian academician and sasterawan Muhammad Haji Salleh.

Writers, scholars and language connoisseurs will gather to let you discover Malaysia through novels written by planters of rubber trees who shared their experiences through writing, as well as through pantuns.

This event is expected to be via invitation only.


More information on the 2016 lineup is available on the festival’s official website www.lefrenchfestival.com.my, and those on social media can ‘Like’ the Facebook page by searching for ‘Le French Festival – MY’ or by typing in facebook.com/lefrenchfestivalmy. Follow or contribute to the festival’s presence on social media with the hashtag #frenchfestivalmy

Le French Festival is heavily supported by a number of French and local sponsors and partners without whom, the festival would not be possible. Among those include presenter Martell and partner Golden Screen Cinemas (GSC); in the Klang Valley Chateau de Lafont, BNP, Intermovers, Air France, AGS, DCNS, Aesop, Brandt Asie, Ritz-Carlton Kuala Lumpur, MATIC, KL PAC, FINAS, Publika KL; and in Penang ESCATEC and Hotel Equatorial.


Queries on the 2016 festival can be directed to Alliance Française de Kuala Lumpur by calling +603-2694 7880 or by emailing in to info@lefrenchfestival.com.my

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