French May Arts Festival, Alliance Française de Hong Kong and the Consulate General of France in Hong Kong & Macau are excited to invite you on an artistic journey through French cinema, with a special spotlight on the Celebration of the Arts.
Celebration of the Arts pays tribute to the Masters and unknown artists as well as the philanthropists and anonymous whose life would be nothing without the Arts. The 2017 selection of films brings the lives of those great masters on the silver screen: Renoir, Van Gogh, Séraphine, Modigliani, Dalida, Django Reinhardt… Audiences are invited to rediscover these extraordinary artists with a new light, through their love and success stories as well as their utmost pains and doubts.
Celebration of the Arts is an ode to the Arts which overwhelms our life and offers an escape from conformism and stereotypes. Celebration of the Arts gathers the great figures of French Cinema: Gérard Depardieu, Isabelle Huppert, Gérard Philippe, Anouk Aimée, Jean-Pierre Léaud.
This great edition would not be possible without the contribution of our celebrity ambassador, Karena Lam, who handpicked iconic French movies that have influenced her bold career.
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.
Full Programme announcement: 31st of March.
Ticketing start: 19th of April.