On 25 January 2017 the opening of the 12th annual film «French cinema Soirées» festival will take place. The festival will be held in major cities of Ukraine. Credit Agricole Bank is the official partner of the festival.
Credit Agricole Bank, as a bank with French origins, supports cultural events and initiatives related to France on an ongoing basis. «We see the mission of our bank as not only rendering of top-quality financial services, but also as providing additional benefits to our existing and potential customers. We strive to promote cultural exchanges between France and Ukraine, give the Ukrainian people an opportunity to get to know better the rich French heritage, language and culture. Credit Agricole Bank has been the major partner of the significant event – the «French Spring in Ukraine» festival for several years. This year, we are delighted to have this opportunity to expand our support of the projects of French Embassy and Institut Français and invite the admirers of France to join the «French cinema Soirées» film festival that will last for an entire month», - Jean-Paul Piotrowski, CEO of Credit Agricole Bank, said.
«French cinema Soirées» will start in Ukraine on 25 January. The collection of the best and new French movies will be traditionally presented by the Embassy of France in Ukraine, Institut francais d'Ukraine and «Arthouse Traffic» company. Credit Agricole Bank is the official partner of the festival, TM Kronenbourg 1664 is the official sponsor of the festival, Air France is the official airline. In Kyiv, movies will be shown in the original language with Ukrainian subtitles.
The festival is an excellent opportunity to join French cinema art. The program includes five movies starring Marion Cotillard, Louis Garrel, Audrey Tautou, Melanie Laurent and Berenice Bejo.
«French cinema Soirées» will open with «Mal de Pierre» («From the Land of the Moon») by Nicole Garcia – a sensual romance included in the competitive program of the Cannes Festival. Main characters were played by Marion Cotillard and Louis Garrel.
«The Eternity» movie by Tran Anh Hung, starring French actors Audrey Tautou, Melanie Laurent and Berenice Bejo, offers a panoramic view of the XX-th century through the lens of the destiny of a family. The excellence of visual representation was ensured by Lee Ping Bin - Cannes Festival award winner, the favorite cameraman of Wong Kar-Wai.
New work of Iranian director Asghar Farhadi «The Salesman» is a story of a couple of play-actors who have moved into a new apartment. The movie has recently been shortlisted for the Academy Award too. The premiere of the film took place in the Cannes Festival, and the film won Cannes Best Actor and Best Scenario awards.
«The Beautiful Days of Aranjuez» is a new film by Wim Wenders shot in the French language based on the same-name story by Peter Handke. The storyline focuses on a man and a woman talking on the terrace. There is a writer watching them; he is writing a book, but it’s not clear whether he is overhearing their talk or just imagining them. The premiere of the film took place at the Venice Film Festival. The film was shot in 3D format, and the filming took place in the villa of Sarah Bernard.
The animation part of «French cinema Soirées» is represented by «The Red Turtle» movie which is a co-production of France and Japan. This is a story of a shipwrecked man who found himself on an uninhabited tropic island. «The Red Turtle» was directed by Michaël Dudok de Wit, winner of the Academy Award, BAFTA and Cesar. The movie was produced by the famous Isao Takahata, co-founder of Studio Ghibli (together with Hayao Miyazaki).
As an official partner of the festival Credit Agricole Bank pleased to invite all fans to take this opportunity and join the French cinema at «French cinema Soirées».
About Credit Agricole:
PJSC «CREDIT AGRICOLE BANK» is a modern universal bank owned by the leading financial group in Europe – Credit Agricole Group (France). The Group is a major partner of the French economy and one of the largest banking groups in Europe. It is a leading retail bank in Europe, having the largest portfolio of assets under management, being first in the field of bank insurance and third - in project financing in Europe. Credit Agricole has been operating in the financial market of Ukraine since 1993 and renders the entire range of banking services to private individuals, including VIP clients, and business. The Bank pays special attention to cooperation with agricultural enterprises. Reliability and business reputation of CREDIT AGRICOLE in Ukraine is confirmed by the highest possible FITCH ratings, leading positions in bank sustainability, bank deposit reliability and bank profitability rankings, as well as by 460 000 private and 26 000 corporate customers, including representatives of small and medium business, large Ukrainian companies and international corporations.
Viktoriia Torianyk, Head of PR and corporate communications Credit Agricole Bank.
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