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Australia's most popular national film event is here
There is something particular wonderful about French cinema. The subtly, the eloquence and the all-round essence of 'French-ness' feed the soul, the way most Hollywood movies never could. The quirkiness of French cinema is a trait shared by many Australian movies, making French cinema incredibly assessable to us, even on the other side of the world.
Luckily for us here in Brisbane, we can indulge in some of France's finest flicks with the 2016 Alliance Francaise French Film Festival. Held at Palace Cinemas, it runs from the 11th March 2016 until 3rd April 2016,
I was treated to an advance screening of celebrated director, Michael Gondry's Microbe and Gasoline (Microbe et Gasoil) (2015) at Palace Centro. The film was utterly charming, documenting the friendship of two sweet, quirky boys who like to do things their own way. It is something the French do so well in their cinema - the film was tender without being mawkish, funny and thoroughly enjoyable. Microbe and Gasoline (2015) is one of David Stratton's best picks for the Festival and you can read more about this delightful film and many others on the festival line up here.
The Festival opens on 11th March with the Australian premiere of the drama-comedy Rosalie Blum, based on the award-winning series of graphic novels by Camille Jourdy. The screening of the film takes place at 7pm and is followed by an opening night Gala, complete with after-screening cocktail party, canapés, drinks, live entertainment and gift bags. Tickets for the film and gala are $55 for Alliance Francaise de Brisbane or Palace Movie Club members and $60 for non-members. Tickets to most of the other events are around $12.50 - $15 with multi-film passes available to bring the price down further.
The restored version of the classic Jean-Luc Godard 1963 film Contempt (Le Mepris) closes the festival almost a month later, on 3rd April. The Alliance Francaise French Film Festival 2016 moves on to Perth, Adelaide and Hobart.