Alliance Francaise, the French cultural organisation, once again brings the best of recent French cinemaFrench Film Festival Penang to Penang, as part of a larger French Festival, which includes an exhibition, a piano recital, and the annual “Fête de la Musique”. 

Seventeen films will be shown, at the GSC cinema complex in Gurney Plaza, and with drama, comedy, animated films and thrillers, there will be something for everyone. All films have English subtitles.

Highlights this year include Cigarettes et Chocolat Chaud, (The Fabulous Patars), a 2016 comedy following the strange lifestyle of the Patar family. Since his wife died, Denis Patar struggles with his two jobs and the education of his two daughters. Although he is a loving father, he has to face the visit of a social worker who is quickly astounded by this weird family’s daily routine. At the Patars’, breakfast is made of crisps, David Bowie is considered a member of the family and stealing is a habit…

You can get 2 free tickets for the screening on Sunday May 28th at 6.20pm simply by taking a photo, screenshot or printout of this article and showing it at the box office. 


 The following Saturday June 3rd at 6.30pm, you can watch L’Odyssée (The Odyssey), a biopic of captain Jacques-Yves Cousteau, the great undersea explorer, exploring his life and the complicated relationship he has with his son Philippe.  In 1943, he developed  the Self-Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus which totally opened the world under sea to human beings, and his life’s aim was to show this amazing world to everybody through documentaries and movies.

Ticket prices vary by film (RM 13.50-14.50, with concession RM 7.50-8.50), and can be purchased via the GSC website ( or in person at the box office.

The full list of movies and showtimes is below. You can see it with better resolution at this web address