French Film Frenzy !

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Festival of France

As the musical chords of the last concert fade from the minds of the people, the flavor of Bonjour India festival was still felt in the air. All eyes were set on Gandhi Square once again as a new event was about to kindle the excitement of the festival. Pondicherry witnessed an open air cinema for the very first time through the much awaited French film festival from 16th March to 21st March.

For this exotic cultural experience, six films with English subtitles were selected and almost all of them were recent releases from France. Pondicherry was gripped by a film frenzy which started from 16th March for six nights of cinema excitement. The 16th and 17th of March were two exceptional evenings with an outdoor projection and the following 18th, 19th, 20th and 21st were the screenings scheduled at the cozy AF auditorium. The screening of “Asterix and Obelix : Au service de sa Majesté” on 18th March was the highlight of this entire festival. To add the cherry on the top, the main actor who played the role of Asterix, Mr. Edouard Baer, was present in the Auditorium during the screening followed by a question-answer session with  public.


The auditorium was full and with the presence of this incredible actor who put a special smile on everybody’s faces and then applause after applause followed. The film was a great hit and so was the informal discussions the actor had with the public. With an auditorium packed to capacity for all these days, the film festival became the talk of the town.
All the 6 films were highly appreciated and the people of Pondicherry got to see very recent movies including one excellent animation film entitled “Le chat du Rabin”. The open air theater was inaugurated with this animation film followed the next day by “Les femmes du 6ème étage” – a dramatic tale of love between a Spanish maid and her employer, with a destiny quite hard to imagine till the end.
Les Neiges du Kilimandjaro, Tomboy and Transylvania were the other selected films that completed a rather opulent and diverse angle of French society and culture meant for all. The open air concept of the first ever French film screened on the beach road – just added to the romance of the movie with the moon appearing way above the screen amidst a dark and starlit sky. Pondicherrians had their first mesmerizing experience – a movie by the beach road on the promenade with an excellent sound that silenced even the seldom roar of the crashing waves. The atmosphere charged – people happy and smiling – a perfect evening with nature in her pristine cadence. France was in the air that day, almost tangible and visible along the promenade.

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Rédacteur/Coordinateur national : Siddharth Bhatt

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