With cinemas reopening and endless new blockbusters to watch, some may find themselves craving for something more arthouse. For the first time, the Singapore French Summer Festival will be launched online on Shaw Theatres’ new digital platform, KinoLounge.
16 films, including 8 never-before-seen in Singapore titles, will be screened during the event which will run from 14 – 31 July 2020. The versatile storytelling ability of French cinema is showcased through the assortment of films and animation, featuring diverse themes such as family, comedy, adventure, and drama.
Opening the festival is The Lost Prince, from Academy-Award-winning director, Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist). The film follows an outlandish fairy-tale about a single father’s heroic journey to stay as the Prince Charming in his growing daughter’s stories.
Also amongst the new titles are Proxima, Spread Your Wings, and the animated feature, The Bears’ Famous Invasion.
Alice Winocour’s Proxima is a film about a female astronaut, who is also a single mother, preparing for a one-year journey to space which will separate her from her young daughter. The film will star Eva Green(300: Rise of an Empire, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children) and Matt Dillion(The Outsiders, Crash).
Next, inspired by an extraordinary true-story, Spread Your Wings follows the tale of a father and son duo as they bond over their adventure to save an endangered species of white-fronted geese.
Last but not least, The Bear’s Famous Invasion is an animated feature about a bear’s quest to find his long-lost cub. The film is a gorgeous piece filled with arresting visuals of dream-like landscapes.
Other films set to premiere are heartwarming, sometimes action-packed, comedies The Lion, The Best Is Yet To Come, Queen of the Field, and Meet the Malawas. The festival will also be screening well-loved favourites such as Christophe Gans’ Beauty and the Beast, Mia and the White Lion and Ballerina.
Shaw’s online platform is a new interactive space with special access to bonus “live” sessions with filmmakers and cast. Film buffs will surely get a kick out of these exclusive content from the Singapore French Summer Festival. Moreover, the films will also remain accessible beyond the festival dates.
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