From December 5-9, 2012, Singapore will welcome its second annual French Film Festival and a regional film market.
UniFrance Films and the French Embassy in Singapore joined forces in December 2011 to organize the first event devoted to French films held in Singapore. This event includes a French Film Festival and the ATF (Asia Television Forum and Market) aimed at movie professionals in the region (Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines, and India). The event attracts around 6,000 spectators.
The festival selection comprises a dozen films, some of which have already been acquired by local distributors and others that have not yet found a buyer. The aim of the event is to encourage the commercial release of French films in these markets by focusing on promotion.
This year, 10 sales companies will be represented at the uniFrance Films booth at the ATF: Cité Films, Films Distribution, Futurikon, Gaumont, Le Pacte, Pathé International, Pyramide International, SND, and Urban Films.
Day of the Crows by Jean-Christophe Dessaint held in the director's presence
A Gang Story by Olivier Marchal, held in the presence of the actor Dimitri Storoge
Ma bonne étoile by Anne Fassio, held in the presence of the director and actors Christophe Lambert and Fleur Lise
Armed Hands by Pierre Jolivet, held in his presence
What's in a Name by Matthieu Delaporte and Alexandre de la Patellière, held in the presence of actor Charles Berling
Happiness Never Comes Alone by James Huth, held in the presence of the actress Sophie Marceau
Love by Michael Haneke
Rust & Bone by Jacques Audiard
The Dandelions by Carine Tardieu
Elles by Malgoska Szumowska
The Other Son by Lorraine Levy
A restored print of Marcel Carné's classic film Les Enfants du Paradis will be screened in the presence of Sophie and Jérôme Seydoux from the Pathé Foundation.
Sophie Marceau is this year's festival guest of honor, hosting the opening ceremony, which features a screening of Happiness Never Comes Alone. She will also meet with local media representatives at a press conference.