Slate @ the 20th French Film Festival Opening Night

The Slate Team was invited to attend the opening night of the 20th French Film Festival in Manila at Greenbelt, Makati. For 20 years, they have not only been bringing some of the best French films to Manila, but also shedding light on Philippine cinema as well. Opening night started with a screening of La Famille Bélier, followed by cocktails, and ended with a showing of our own Brillante Mendoza’s Taklub. IMG_5916   In celebration of their 20th anniversary, guests were served hors d’oeuvre and cocktails from Chateau 1771 while VIPs were interviewed and photographed. After some time, the guests of honor were introduced – THE Nora Aunor was there guys! She stood there with director Brillante Mendoza, French Ambassador to the Philippines Gilles Garachon, and SSI and Ayala Malls representatives. Just before we were asked to head to the cinema, we sang Happy Birthday in French (watch these cute things singing French happy birthday here) while the organizers and sponsors blew out candles on a black and white macaron cake. How French was that! IMG_5918   It was a good thing we headed to the cinema early because we got good seats. It was a full house and after opening remarks from Senator Loren Legarda, the film proceeded. Now, I think Taklub deserves another article on its own, simply because of its premise and potential impact. I daresay we were confused, shocked, worried, and woken up because of the film. All in all, that was one heck of a night! IMG_5917   Catch the rest of the screenings until June 9! For more information on the films and screenings, click here. BHS sched gb3 sched

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