Love European cinema? Or you’re keen on catching something different from the run-of-the-mill Hollywood movies? Then Rendezvous with French Cinema at this film festival: you’ll get to watch a selection of recent French films and even get to meet some of these French film directors and actors in person.

Held from December 8 to 13, the first Rendezvous With French Cinema will screen over 20 films at four venues in six days. If you’ve the misconception that such a film festival may be too high brow or “artsy” for the typical movie-goer, you’ll be surprised by the eclectic list of film genres.

French film festival: The Artist movie poster French film festival: Special Forces movie poster French film festival: A Happy Event movie poster

Recent films The Artist, Forces spéciales,and Un heureux événement will make their Singapore premiere at the Rendezvous with French Cinema film festival.

The Artist (2011) is pure Oscars bait; the silent and black-and-white film won rave reviews and a long standing ovation at the Cannes film festival in May.

More keen on thrillers and lots of action? Catch the intense Forces spéciales (Special Forces), starring Djimon Hounsou of Blood Diamond and Diane Kruger. Prefer romantic comedies and musicals? See Gaspard Ulliel in L’art d’aimer (The Art of Love) or watch the musical Les bien-aimés (Beloved).

Looking for a classic film? Catch the 2011 remake of La fille du puisatier (The Well-Digger’s Daughter). The film stars Àstrid Bergès-Frisbey, the French-Spanish actress who played the captured mermaid in the last Pirates of the Caribbean movie

Rendezvous with French Cinema: A Happy Event film Still Rendezvous with French cinema: The Artist film still French film festival: The Well Digger's Daughter film stillFilm stills (L-R): Un heureux événement, The Artist, La fille du puisatier.

Get up close with some of the directors and actors of the films at the festival; selected screenings at this film festival will include post-show discussions with directors Gilles Paquet-Brenner (Sarah’s Key), Rithy Panh (Shiiku), Stéphane Rybojad (Special Forces) and more.

Acclaimed film actress Carole Bouquet, the Bond girl in For Your Eyes Only (1981), a former model and the face of Chanel in the 1980s will grace the event and the Grosse Fatigue (Dead Tired) screening as well. Mathieu Demy, the actor-director of Americano, director Remi Bezançon and actor Pio Marmaï of Un heureux événement (A Happy Event) will also be present at the film festival.

Movie tickets to screenings for the Societe Generale Private Banking 1st Rendezvous With French Cinema are priced at $11 each. Book your tickets through Sistic, Cathay, Golden Village and Shaw Theatres.  Visit www.rendezvouswithfrenchcinema.sg for more information.