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Alliance Francaise French Film Festival 2017

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Alliance Francaise waltzes into its 28th French Film Festival season. Yes, this Grande exposition of the prodigious French film industry is back for the 28th time to delight Brisbane film-lovers this March and April. The festival will be showcasing the best entertainment French cinema produced during 2016.

Due to the amazing success of last year's festival the French Film Festival in Australia — which is brought to you by Alliance Francaise in association with the Embassy of France in Australia and the principal sponsor, Renault — is now recognised as the largest film festival in Australia and the leading French film festival outside France.

Again, in 2017, the French Film Festival is taking over Brisbane's two premier cinemas, the Palace Barracks, 5-61 Petrie Terrace, Brisbane City and Palace Centro, 39 James St, Fortitude Valley from Thursday 16 March to Sunday 9 April 2017

All in all, the Alliance Francaise French Film Festival will present 45 different films in a total of 339 screenings of the finest in French cinema over the three-week period. You can read about the entire Brisbane program here. For a quick scan of nightly attractions click here and look up the films you want to see and the dates you want to go. Make sure you pick the Brisbane program.

General admission ticket prices for each screening range from:
$20 for adults;
$17 concession;
15.50 under 25s; or
14.50 children.

The 2017 French Film Festival celebrates contemporary French cinema through an amalgamation of special events, exclusive screenings and celebrated films from France's most esteemed and astounding directors and actors. The organisers have arranged for four fantastic Special Events to be held during the Festival.

These Special Events are:
The Opening Night Gala Event;
Ladies' Night;
A Taste of France; and
Closing Night.

Except for the Gala Opening Night, Special Event admission prices are:
$35 for general admission;
$30 for MClub members (Maximum of two); and
$30 for Alliance Francaise members.

The Opening Night Gala Event for 2017 will feature The Odyssey on Thursday 16 March at the Palace Barracks Cinema commencing with drinks on arrival at 6.00pm with the film screening at 6.30pm. Make sure you follow the links to the Brisbane schedule.

The evening will see you joining in with the other guests on the red carpet for an elegant evening à la Française. Then following the spectacular film you can then join the cocktail after-party with live entertainment, drinks, canapés and gift bags. It will be a gala event to be remembered.

The Odyssey is a magnificent and dazzling biopic centred on the life and work of celebrity oceanographer, Jacques Cousteau. It stars Audrey Tautou and Lambert Wilson in the leading roles and was directed by Jerome Salle.

Tickets for this special event can be obtained online from here and prices are:
$60 for general admission;
$55 for MClub members (Maximum of two); and
$55 for Alliance Francaise members.

As a special event for 2017 the French Film Festival is holding a Ladies' Night. Included in this evening is the pre-screening Ladies' Party commencing at 6.15pm on Friday, 24 March, 2017 at the Palace Centro to be followed by the screening of Stéphanie Di Giusto's spectacularly mounted screen biography, The Dancer; a film inspired by the true story of two rival pioneers of modern dance and theatrical performance in late 19th-century Paris and starring, Soko, Lily-Rose Depp, Mélanie Thierry and Gaspard Ulliel.

Grab your girlfriends and dance your way to the theatre. Enter the glamorous world of dance in 19th century Paris as you savour fine French catering and a glass of sparkling wine as you begin a wonderful ladies' night out.

Tickets for this special event can be obtained online from here.

On Friday, 31 March, 2017 the Festival presents another special event where, by joining in, you will help celebrate, 'A Taste of France'.

Kicking off at 6.15pm in the Palace Barracks Cinema with a French Countryside Party before the 7.00pm screening of One Man and His Cow. A tale of hilarious mix-ups with priceless comedic moments in a sweet tale about determination and tenderness that will have you laughing till the cows come home.

Directed by Mohamed Hamidi and starring Fatsah Bouyahmed, Lambert Wilson, Jamel Debbouze and Julia Piaton this film will give you an all new perspective on the bovine species.

Tickets for this special event can be obtained from here.

The final special event is appropriately enough the Closing Night. It is set to start at 6.15pm on Sunday, 9 April, 2017 with the pre-screening party where attendees will savour the finest French gourmet wine and cheese at the Palace Barracks Cinema to be followed with the 7.00pm screening of A Bun in the Oven – a title that says it all!

It's a film of pure boisterous comedic gold, as the near menopausal Nicole fumbles through the barrage of demands that come with pregnancy and learns for the very first time how to sort out her own life. The film was directed by Nadege Loiseau and stars Karin Viard, Philippe Rebbot, Hélène Vincent and Manon Kneuse.

Tickets for this special event can be obtained from here.

But the French Film Festival is not just about these wonderful Special Events. The 45 films on show will be screened at the two cinemas at differing times to suit everybody. Brisbane's schedule can be downloaded here in PDF format or viewed online here (Just make sure you click on the Brisbane link).
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Why? Be a part of the most wonderful French experience available outside France
When: From Thursday 16 March to Sunday 9 April 2017
Phone: 3844 4460
Where: Palace Barracks Cinema, 61 Petrie Terrace, Brisbane and Palace Centro Cinema, 39 James St, Fortitude Valley
Cost: Depending on the session and your circ umstances admission prices range from $14.50 to $60
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