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Legendary French Actress Catherine Deneuve in Singapore for the Societe Generale Private Banking 1st Rendezvous with French Cinema

Singapore, 9 December 2011 – Societe Generale Private Banking 1st Rendezvous With French Cinema is proud to welcome to Singapore legendary French actress Ms Catherine Deneuve. A name synonymous with French cinema, Catherine Deneuve has starred in over 100 films and has been honoured with numerous distinguished awards such as the César for Best Actress in 1981 and 1993, the Palme d’honneur at the Cannes Film festival in 2005 and the Prix du 61ème Festival de Cannes in 2008.

In Singapore for the Societe Generale Private Banking 1st Rendezvous With French Cinema, Ms Deneuve will be presenting her latest film, Beloved (Les Bien-Aimés) at the premiere screening tonight at The Cathay Cineplex. Directed by French director, Christophe Honoré, Beloved (Les Bien-Aimés) stars both Catherine Deneuve and her daughter Chiara Mastroianni.

Beloved (Les Bien-Aimés) is as much a family epic that covers 43 years, from 1964 to 2007 as it is a musical and a romance. The film weaves in and out of the lives of mother, Madeleine and daughter Vera. Crossing different eras and cities, from Paris to Prague in the 60s, London to Montreal in the 90s and early 2000s, the film has Madeleine and her daughter Vera coming in and out of the lives of the men they love. But not every era allows us to love blithely and lightheartedly as the freedom of the 60s makes way for a more cautious future.

The film opens with Madeleine, a sales assistant at the Roger Vivier shoe boutique, stealing a pair of shoes from the store. Moments later, while admiring her new shoes along the street, a man mistakes her for a streetwalker. Madeleine spontaneously agrees to go along, inadvertently prompting a second job moonlighting as a prostitute to boost her income. In this role, she meets a dashing Czech doctor whom she eventually marries and moves to Prague with. That marriage eventually breaks up over his infidelity. Madeleine moves on, and once back in Paris, she marries a Parisian gendarme. But despite this marriage, Jaronil continues to pursue Madeleine for the rest of his life.

Catherine Deneuve’s presence at the Societe Generale Private Banking 1st Rendezvous With French Cinema underscores the importance of the Singapore festival to the French film industry. “We are proud and delighted to welcome Ms Deneuve to Singapore. Her presence at the Societe Generale Private Banking 1st Rendezvous With French Cinema will only add to an already prestigious festival,” says H.E Olivier Caron, the French Ambassador in Singapore.

For the Festival’s Title Sponsor, Societe Generale Private Banking, hosting Catherine Deneuve in Singapore is very much in line with their goal of helping to establish a refined and top quality film festival in Asia. “As the Title Sponsor, we are delighted to be able to invite Catherine Deneuve to Singapore, the regional hub of Societe Generale Private Banking. Needless to say, Ms Deneuve is the epitome of French style and elegance and an iconic film personality. Her presence, will not only lend extraordinary support and glamour to this Festival, but will also propel the appreciation of French cinema in Asia,” says Mr Olivier Gougeon, Regional Chief Executive Officer – Asia Pacific, Societe Generale Private Banking.

Ms Deneuve’s film, Beloved, is among the over 20 films featured in the Societe Generale Private Banking 1st Rendezvous With French Cinema. The film premieres at The Cathay Cineplex, Hall 7 on Friday, 9 December at 7.30pm. Catherine Deneueve will be present at the screening to open the film and meet with her fans in Singapore.

Societe Generale Private Banking 1st Rendezvous With French Cinema is organised by Institut Français, uniFrance and the Alliance Française de Singapour. Film screenings will be held at The Cathay Cineplex, Golden Village Vivocity, The Shaw Theatres Lido and the Alliance Française Theatre. It is sponsored by Societe Generale Private Banking as Title Sponsor, with Perrier-Jouet as Official Champagne, Swarovski as Official Fashion Sponsor, Air France as Official Airline, Renault as Official Car and Angénieux as Official Film Industry Support. It is an event of Encore, the European Season and Voilah!. The festival runs from 8 to 13 December 2011. More details about the festival can be found at www.rendezvouswithfrenchcinema.sg.

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