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1st French Animation Film Festival

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Jointly organised by Alliance française de Singapour and Nanyang Polytechnic, the inaugural French Animation Film Festival will be be held from 22th to 30th March 2012 at two venues - The Cathay Cineplex and Alliance Française Theatre. Check out the titles curated below:

Opening Film:
LE chat du rabbin
(The Rabbi’s Cat)
In French with English subtitles
Date: The Cathay Cineplex, 22 March 2012, 7.45pm
AF Theatre, 26 March 2012, 7.30pmRating: TBC
France, 2011, Colour, 100mins
Director: Joann Sfar, Antoine Delesvaux
Voice: François Morel, Maurice Bénichou, Hafsia Herzi, Jean-Pierre Kalfon, Mohamed Fellag, Sava Lolov, François Damiens,
Mathieu Amalric, Marguerite Abouet

Algiers, 1920’s. Rabbi Sfar has more than one problem. His beautiful daughter is becoming a teenager and above all, his parrot-killing cat has just started talking! The delivery of a box from Russia further complicates things when a painter is discovered inside, more dead than alive. He is on a quest for a hidden tribe and its mythical city in Africa. A highly original, beautifully crafted film, celebrating a joyful and multi-colorful return to hand-drawn 2D.

Le meilleur des Gobelins
(The Best of the Gobelins School)
Date: AF Theatre, 23 March 2012, 9.00pm

Gobelins L’École de L’Image is a Parisian school, located near the Latin Quartier, dedicated to the visual arts. A consular school funded by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Paris, it provides training in various formats at a variety of different costs. It is best known for the Cinema Department of Animation, founded in 1975 by Pierre Ayma, who brought the school into the spotlight.

Although the digital revolution has transformed the animation program at Gobelins since its creation more than 35 years ago, the foundations of drawing skills remain firmly in place. Gobelins believes that digital tools do not replace the artist who needs nonetheless to master a wide array of skills in computer graphics in order to give life to his or her animations.

The school acquired an international reputation, producing numerous talented individuals and teams which found their place within studios as prestigious as Disney, Universal Studios, Hanna Barbera, Pixar, Dreamworks and Warner Bros.

Some of its former students include a great number of strip cartoonists and animation artists such as Didier Cassegrain, Cromwell, Jean-François Miniac, Pierre Coffin and many others. Many industry people of international fame have also taught at Gobelins. Gobelins also offers lessons in photography and graphic design. Come and discover the best works of Gobelins L’École de L’Image in this special screening.

(The Illusionist)
In French with English subtitles
Date: AF Theatre, 24 March 2012, 6.30pm
Rating: PG
France, 2010, Colour, 80mins
Director: Sylvain Chomet
Voice: Jean-Claude Donda, Edith Rankin

The illusionist is a dying breed of stage performer. Ever since rock and pop stars have taken away slightly more than his bread and butter, his worsening economic situation has forced him to accept questionable engagements in dubious basement venues, at garden parties or in bars and cafés. In one of these obscure establishments a village pub on Scotland’s west coast he meets an innocent young girl named Alice. The encounter changes his life completely.

Alice is just as delighted by his magical tricks as everyone else watching the illusionist that night. The performance has been arranged in order to celebrate the advent of electricity on their remote island. But, unlike the others, Alice is completely captivated by our hero and is convinced that his tricks are truly the result of magic. She follows the illusionist to Edinburgh and keeps house for him while he performs at a small local theatre. Delighted by her enthusiasm for his art, he rewards her by conjuring up ever more generous presents. Unable to imagine anything worse than disappointing Alice, the illusionist can’t bring himself to admit that he cannot really perform magic instead allowing himself to be bankrupted by the constant present-giving.

The sad yet salutary romantic tale of THE ILLUSIONIST is based on a screenplay by Jacques Tati.

Une vie de chat
(A Cat in Paris)
In French with English subtitles
Date: AF Theatre, 25 March 2012, 4.00pmRating: PG
France, 2010, Colour, 70mins
Director: Alain Gagnol. Jean-Loup Felicioli
Voice: Bernadette Lafont, Dominique Blanc, Jean Benguigui, Bruno Salomone

Dino is a cat who shares his life between two houses. During the day, he lives with Zoé, the only daughter of Jeanne, a police captain. During the night, he clambers over the roofs of Paris in the company of Nico, a very skillful thief. Jeanne is on edge. Not only must she must arrest the cat burglar responsible for numerous jewelry thefts, but she also has to oversee the surveillance of the Colossus of Nairobi, a giant statue coveted by public enemy number one, Victor Costa. The gangster is also responsible for the death of a police officer, Jeanne’s husband and Zoé’s father. Since this drama, the little girl has withdrawn into silence and hasn’t uttered a word. Events will escalate the night that Zoé comes across Costa and his gang by surprise. A chase ensues which continues until dawn and will lead the characters to cross paths, and to help or fight each other, all the way to the rooftops of Notre-Dame.

(Dragon Hunters)
In English with Chinese Subtitles
Date: AF Theatre, 27 March 2012, 7.30pm
Rating: PG
France, 2008, Colour, 80 mins
Directors: Guillaume Ivernel, Arthur Qwak
Cast (voice): Vincent Lindon, Patrick Timsit, Philippe Nahon, Amanda Lear, Marie Drion, Jeremy Prevost

Zoe is a little girl who believes in fairy tales. In order to help her uncle Lord Arnold get rid of a terrible dragon, she decides she has to find some heroes like the ones she reads in her books. But instead, she meets Gwizdo and Lian-Chu, two dragon hunters whose sole ambition in life is to buy a quiet little farm and hang ten… But so what? The little girl thinks they are the heroes of her dreams and cunning little Gwizdo, all fired up by Lord Arnold’s gold, is certainly not going to tell her the truth. Zoe is determined to follow her heroes in their adventure. From here on, there is no turning back. And to Gwizdo’s great dismay, they begin a perilous journey to the end of the world, where, still asleep, but not long, lies the most terrifying dragon ever to have ever stalked the face of the earth: the infamous “World Gobbler”! For Zoe, it’s a dream coming true. For Gwizdo, a nightmare that can only end in disaster. Yet neither the little girl nor Gwizdo have any idea that Lian-Chu and the World Gobbler have met before. And they have a score to settle…

Un monstre À Paris
(A Monster in Paris)
In English
Date: AF Theatre, 28 March 2012, 7.30pm
Rating: TBC
France, 2011, Colour, 82mins
Director: Bibo Bergeron
Voice: Vanessa Paradis, Mathieu Chedid, Gad Elmaleh, François Cluzet, Ludivine Sagnier, Julie Ferrier, Bruno Salomone, Sébastien Desjours, Philippe Peythieu

Paris, 1910. A strange creature terrifies the capital. Emile and Raoul, two men who have nothing in common and who nothing predisposes to adventure, find themselves thrown into hunting down the Monster. It’s a spinning epic that will lead them to discover themselves, find love, and shatter all appearances. For, is the Monster who we think he is?

Les contes de la nuit
(Tales of the Night)
In French with English subtitles
Date: The Cathay Cineplex, 29 March 2012, 7.30pm
Rating: TBC
France, 2011, Colour, 84mins
Director: Michel Ocelot
Voice: Julien Beramis, Marine Griset, Michel Élias, Olivier Claverie, Isabelle Guiard , Yves Barsacq, Firmine Richard, Olivia Brunaux, Serge Feuillard, Michel Ocelot, Christophe Rossignon

Every evening, a girl, a boy, and an old technician get together in a small movie theater. Although the theater no longer seems to be operating, it is full of wonders. The three friends invent, drawn, dress up, and become characters in any story they feel like telling during one magical night when everything is possible. There are witches and fairies, powerful kings and stable boys, werewolves and beautiful, cruel ladies, cathedrals and sequins, cities of gold and dark forests, harmonies of vast choirs and the spells of a single drum, devastating malice and triumphant innocence.

Les triplettes de Belleville
The Triplets of Belleville
In French with English subtitles
Date: AF Theatre, 30 March 2012, 7.30pm
Rating: NC16 - Nudity
France, 2002, Colour, 80mins
Director: Sylvain Chomet
Voice: Jean-Claude Donda, Michel Robin, Monica Viegas, Béatrice Bonifassi, Lina Boudreau, Mari-Lou Gauthier

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.

On the Path of Animation at the Gobelins School, Paris
& 30 Years of Cartoon
24 March – 14 April

On The Path on Animation
Alliance Française de Singapour presents the exhibition of French Animation Film Festival at the SOCIÉTÉ GÉNÉRALE Gallery with the showcase of “On the Path of Animation at the Gobelins School, Paris”. It will display a series of around 40 art works created by notable student talents of different levels from GOBELINS, L’ÉCOLE DE L’IMAGE, a school of applied arts, digital and print media.

30 Years of Cartoon
Courtesy of Jacques Muller, 30 Years of Cartoon will adorn Level 2 and Level 4 of the Alliance Française de Singapour from 22 March to 30 April.

French Animation Conference
Saturday 24 March 2012
French Animation Conference I
(2.30pm – 4.00pm)*
French Animation Conference II
(4.30pm – 6.00pm)*
Admission is free
Open to General Public

*Participants may attend one or both conferences. To register, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by 22 March 2012

French Animation Conference I
2.30pm – 4.00pm
• Presentation by Eric Riewer (30mins)
The philosophy and the keys to success of the best animation school
• Presentation by Xavier Nicolas (30mins)
The beginnings of 3D in France. The actual situation of French studios and expatriate French artists in the best studios worldwide.
• Presentation by French Animation Director (to be announced)
• Q&A
• Pause with light refreshments
4.00pm – 4.30pm

French Animation Conference II
4.30pm – 6.00pm
• Jacques Muller (30mins)
• Isaac Kerlow (30mins)
Both speakers will present a selection of French films or films where the participation of French artists has a major contribution.
• A Panel of all four of the above speakers of the day to describe what is “The French Touch” in animation.
• Q&A

French Animation Film Festival
Ticketing Information

The Cathay Cineplex
2 Handy Road The Cathay
#05/06 Singapore 229233
Tickets are available at all Cathay Cineplexes or online.
Pricing: $10.00 (excludes online booking fees)

Alliance Française Theatre
Alliance Française de Singapour
1 Sarkies Road Singapore 258130
$5.10 (AF Members and AF Students)
$7.20 (General Public)
Excludes SISTIC fee per ticket

Tickets for movies shown at the Alliance Française Theatre are available
at all SISTIC outlets islandwide. Concessions for AF Members and AF
Students are ONLY available for movies screened at Alliance Française
Theatre. Please call the SISTIC Hotline for more information: 6348 5555
or visit www.sistic.com.sg
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