Alliance Française de Hong Kong with the support of Consulate General of France in Hong Kong & Macau and Le French May is excited to invite you on an artistic journey through French cinema, with a special spotlight on the Arts.
Le French May Cinema Programme, entitled Celebration of the Arts pays tribute to Masters and unknown artists as well as philanthropists and many others whose life would be nothing without arts.
Celebration of the Arts will present a selection of 10 films featuring the great figures of French Cinema Gérard Depardieu, Isabelle Huppert, Gérard Philippe, Anouk Aimé and Guillaume Canet.
The 2017 film selection brings to the silver screen some great French painters’ unique life: Renoir, Van Gogh, Séraphine de Senlis, Cézanne, Modigliani… Audiences are invited to discover these extraordinary artists in a new light, through the stories of their fallen loves, their greatest pains and uneasy doubts.
Celebration of the Arts is an ode to the arts and its French masters, whom most of us relate to on a daily basis but don’t quite know beyond the name. With the simplest paint brush or the most daunting play on words, these artists such as Cézanne and Modigliani, have given us all a chance to get a grasp of their mindset and imaginary.
This selection would not be possible without the contribution of our ambassador Karena Lam, who handpicked iconic French movies that have influenced her bold career. Thank you Karena for your incomparable contribution !
Enjoy the 2017 Le French May Cinema Programme.
Ticketing start: 19th of April.
Check out the programme:
Le French May Ambassador and Movie Programme Curator: Karena Lam
Capturing the vitality of French cinema, Le French May cinema programme showcases a collection of French films. This year, I am very honoured to be the curator of the cinema programme. I have selected a few films for you, including “Seraphine de Senlis” directed by Martin Provost, “Les Amants de Montparnasse” directed by Jacques Becker, and “Renoir” directed by Gilles Bourdos. “Seraphine de Senlis” describes Seraphine’s experience in painting. Seraphine has never been formally trained in painting. Her only source of inspiration is the stained glass from the church.
Avant-garde artists like Modigliani introduce a creative stage, with art against tradition. However, Modigliani’s life was too short. In “Les Amants de Montparnasse”, Jacques Becker films Modigliani’s death from his point of view, and the effect is overwhelming.
The colours used in “Renoir” reflect the elements of Renoir’s paintings: light, water, freedom and flow. The film describes a woman dealing in between father and son; as well as painting and film.