In collaboration with the Embassy of France in Malaysia and Alliance Française de Penang, George Town Festival is pleased to present “Ciné France” French movie screenings featuring three watch-worthy contemporary French films. Catch “The Bears’ Famous Invasion of Sicily”, which tells the story of warfare, friendship and corruption between anthropomorphic bears and humans. Don’t miss out on the adventures and perils of young orphan Rémi and a travelling showman as they journey through 19th-century France, with a show dog and acrobatic monkey in tow in “Remi, Nobody’s Boy”. For a tender and absurd feel-good comedy, be sure to watch “Felicità” which tells the adventures and misadventures of 11-year-old Tommy and her eccentric parents.
Selection of Movies
6 December 2021 – The Bears’ Famous Invasion of Sicily, by Lorenzo Mattotti
Stars: Leïla Bekhti (voice), Thomas Bidegain (voice), Jean-Claude Carrière (voice)
To find his long-lost son and food to survive the winter, the great bear king leads his clan down from the mountains and into the world of men. After escaping terrible monsters and defeating an evil duke, the bears and men live together in peace – for a time.
- Animation – Adventure – Family
- Running time – 1 hour 22 minutes
- Distributor – Pathe films
- Year – 2019
7 December 2021 – Remi, Nobody’s Boy, by Antoine Blossier
Stars: Daniel Auteuil, Maleaume Paquin, Virginie Ledoyen
Raised by a kindly peasant woman after being found as a baby, ten-year-old Remi is brutally taken from his adopted mother and sold by her husband to Signor Vitalis, an old travelling street musician with a shadowy past. Remi sets off on a long journey through France with his new master, their faithful dog Capi and mischievous monkey Mister Joli-Cœur. From adventures to misadventures, young Remi endears himself to Vitalis, who teaches him to read and helps him discover his extraordinary singing talent. The boy learns the rough life of a travelling showman and suffers through hunger, cold and sometimes great injustice. He also learns life, makes great friends and gains a mentor and father in Vitalis. But when the clothes he was found in as an infant and a mysterious lullaby from his distant past bring him closer to his origins, Remi is suddenly faced with a new set of challenges that could reveal his true identity and change forever the course of his young life.
- Animation – Adventure – Drama
- Running time – 1 hour 49 minutes
- Distributor – TF1 droits audiovisuels
- Year – 2018
8 December 2021 – Felicità, by Bruno Merle
Stars: Pio Marmaï, Rita Merle, Camille Rutherford
Tommy, 11 years old, is on the road again with her eccentric parents. This time, her freshly out-of-jail father has promised her that she won’t miss the first day of the school term. That was before her dad stole a sports car, her mother disappeared and an astronaut popped by!
- Animation – Comedy – Drama
- Running time – 1 hour 22 minutes
- Distributor – Charades
- Year – 2020
About Alliance Française de Penang
Alliance Française has been established in Penang since 1962. It is an educational and cultural institution dedicated to promote the French language and francophone culture and to foster relationships between people of all nationalities, ethnicities and backgrounds.
Alliance Française network is the largest and oldest network of French language and cultural centres globally, with 832 Alliance Française operating in 131 countries. Alliance Française was founded in Paris in 1883 and its continuity has been maintained since 1 January 2008 by the Fondation Alliance Française.
Learn more about Alliance Française de Penang at https://afpenang.com.
* Only those who are fully vaccinated (having received the second dose of vaccine after 14 days, or after 28 days for single-dose vaccines) are allowed to enter.
* Only children aged 13 years and above are allowed to enter.