The sixth edition of QCinema casts a spell with “Diabolique,” “And God Created Woman,” and “Five and the Skin” which are all influenced by the French New Wave (La Nouvelle Vague), a significant movement in the history of cinema. The films are set to show under the French Classics section from TF1, one of the most viewed French television channels in Europe.
QCinema 2018 French New Wave (La Nouvelle Vague)
Director: Henri-Georges Clouzot Writers: Pierre Boileau, Thomas Narcejac (novel) Starring: Simone Signoret, Véra Clouzot, Paul Meurisse Synopsis: The wife and mistress of a loathed school principal hatch a plan to murder him while having the perfect alibi. They carry out the plan…but then his body disappears.
“Diabolique” won the Best Foreign Film Award at the 1956 Edgar Allan Poe Awards and the Best Foreign Language Film at the 1955 New York Film Critics Circle Awards.
And God Created Woman (1956)
Director: Roger Vadim Writers: Roger Vadim, Raoul Lévy Starring: Brigitte Bardot, Curd Jürgens, Jean-Louis Trintignant Synopsis: Pushing the boundaries of sexuality in American cinema, “And God Created Woman” is a seductive and appealing story of an 18-year-old woman who teases her husband, his brother, and a Riviera millionaire.
Five and the Skin (1982)
Director: Pierre Rissient Writers: Lucie Albertini, Alain Archambault Starring: Féodor Atkine, Eiko Matsuda, Gloria Diaz Synopsis: “Five and the Skin” features a writer who comes back to Manila with no specific reason as to why he returned. He travels in the fascinating city in search of its past while also looking for the meaning of his existence.
Slated as a French-Filipino production directed by Pierre Rissient, the film was shot entirely in Manila with the cast and crew consisting of Filipinos.
Pierre Rissient was an influential filmmaker in Cannes and brought many unknown directors to the international limelight including Filipino filmmaker Lino Brocka. He played a significant role in bringing Philippine cinema to the French Riviera.
Catch all these French classics and more at QCinema 2018. QCinema will feature the films from October 21 to 30, 2018, at Gateway Mall (Cineplex 10); Robinsons Galleria (Robinsons Movieworld); and Ayala Malls Cinema in Trinoma and U.P. Town Center. See our QCinema 2018 Festival Guide.