Bonjour! The Alliance Francaise French Film Festival is less than two weeks away and we’re manically filling our diaries with the smorgasbord of features and documentaries.
From March 3, the Festival’s 26th season will travel around Australia bringing the best in contemporary French films to seven cities: Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Canberra, Brisbane, Perth and Byron Bay.
If you need a little help navigating your way through the 49 films from this year’s line-up, here are some of our top picks:
There’s plenty of eye-candy in this flick – from the picturesque Normandy countryside, mouth-watering patisseries or even British Bombshell Gemma Arteron. This charming re-telling of the classic Madame Bovary is an endearing dramedy about the dangers of stirring passions between a bored housewife and a comically obsessed baker.
Guaranteed to be a crowd-pleaser, this social drama brings immigration struggles to the mainstream. From the makers of the Intouchables, it tells the story of Samba (Omar Sy), a Senegalese dishwasher who dreams of being a chef. Alice (Charlotte Gainsbourg) is his immigration caseworker and his only hope to stay in France. Hint: they’re not in for a smooth ride.
Paris Je T’Aime
Je t’aime! Take a trip to the most romantic city in the world. This unconventional film features 20 vignettes set in Paris, by a variety of different directors. It’s a poignant and rewarding experience, offering an insightful look at the City of Lights. With formidable directors and an eclectic star studded cast, this is a slam-dunk for film-lovers, romantics and Francophiles.
Volker Schlondorff’s gripping historical drama depicts a tense battle of wills between a Nazi general and a Swedish diplomat over the fate of Paris in World War II. Smart dialogue, razor-sharp performances and surprising plot twists make this film truly outstanding.
Intelligent writing and knockout performances make this drama one of our favourites in this year’s program. An obsessive friendship between two teenage girls unfolds with equal amounts of tenderness and terror in an affecting adolescent portrait. A breakout success at both the Cannes and Toronto Film Festivals, this film confirms Melanie Laurent as an impressive director.
We have 20 double passes to the Festival to give away, valued at $38.00 each. To enter, simply fill in the form below, register for the World Movies newsletter (if not already subscribed) and then tell us in 25 words or less which film you’re most excited about from this year’s line-up and why?
To view the program and purchase tickets visit the Alliance Francaise French Film Festival website here.
Competition closes at 12pm AEDT on Thursday 26 February.