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French cinema at its finest
French Cinema is thriving. While Hollywood seems to be putting more and more into special effects, other film cultures are putting their energy into beautifully crafted stories, wonderful acting and scenery that will take your breath away.
The Alliance Francaise French Film Festival is big this year - running for over 3 weeks at Palace Nova Cinemas (just off Rundle St) from March 31, with 46 films (some new, some classic). This is the 26th year of the film festival, and we are told that it gets better every year because the director is learning more and more about what Australians love in French Film.
The movie screened at the recent launch was of the 2015 coming of age film "Microbe and Gasoline" from French/Hollywood Director Michael Gondry - a simple tale told sweetly (although requiring you to suspend your belief in reality in a couple of places), with newcomers and a wonderful, yet unrecognisable, Audrey Tautou (of 'Amelie' fame).
Opening night features the 2015 film "Rosalie Blum" (tickets include a welcome drink and the Gala Party afterwards), and the closing feature is 1963 classic "Contempt" starring the stunning Brigitte Bardot. There's also a movie and wine tasting event on April 14th, a theme party for the movie "Operashion 20's" on April 7, and feature movies every day of the festival.
If you're not sure where to start, the program includes recommendations from movie critic David Stratton, otherwise there's a beautiful range of comedy, drama and (of course!) romance.
Alliance Francaise has over 500 000 French language students world wide and over 10 000 in Australia. They want you to experience first hand the beauty of their language (even if you need the subtitles to understand the meaning).
Whilst the French Film Festival is a national event, occurring through every capital city through March and April, as part of the Adelaide program, there is also the launch of a new website - www.bonjouradelaide.com.au. This is being set up to help Francophiles find local connections to 'everything French in Adelaide'.
An escape to France is possible, even if only for a few hours in a cinema. It's at Palace Nova - grab a glass of wine and a cheese platter from the bar, sit back and lose yourself in the magic of French Cinema.