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by Tony Dyer (subscribe)
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Published April 1st 2017
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Have you been able to catch all the films you wanted to see at Brisbane's French Film Festival? Don't worry there's still a week to go. But don't wait or there might be too much to choose from and too little time.

To help with the decisions, the wonderful people at Alliance Francaise de Brisbane have selected the last week's 'must see' movies with the ticket prices for all sessions being:

General Admission: $20
Alliance Francaise Members: $15
Palace Club Members: $15
Children (where applicable): $14.50

Click below on the name of your selected films and make your purchase.

Be sure you are on the Brisbane site.

1. Kalinka

This thriller was directed by Vincent Garenq and stars Daniel Auteuil, Sebastian Koch, Marie-Josée Croze and Christelle Cornil.

In 1982, 14 years old, Kalinka Bamberski, was found dead in her stepfather's house. Despite suspicious circumstances the matter is inexplicably closed without further investigation. Kalinka's devastated father made it his mission to identify and imprison the man responsible. Finally, after battling deliberate attempts to obstruct him, Kalinka's father found and exposed the truth.

The sessions remaining where you can catch this thriller:

Tuesday 4 April, 8.40pm at the Palace Barracks, Petrie Terrace;
Wednesday 5 April, 6.30pm at the Palace Centro, 39 James Street, Fortitude Valley; and
Saturday 8 April, 1.30pm at the Palace Centro, 39 James Street, Fortitude Valley.

French, English and German are spoken and the movie includes English subtitles.



2. Eternity

Directed by Tran Anh Hung Eternity stars Audrey Tautou, Bérénice Bejo, Mélanie Laurent and Jérémie Renier this film chronicles three generations of one family. With a score which includes Bach, Beethoven and Debussy, Hung with his wife, Tran Nu Yen Khe as the film's narrator, the film is a beautiful ode to women and family.

Valentine marries her beloved Jules in the late 1800s. They are happy and have many children but a tragedy leaves them pondering the fragility of existence. Then, as life progresses, new romances, marriages and births occur with one consistency flowing through each generation – the cycle of passion, love, turbulence and sorrow.

With only two sessions where you can catch this generational epic are:

Tuesday 4 April, 1.20pm at the Palace Centro, 39 James Street, Fortitude Valley; and
Friday 7 April, 6.30pm at the Palace Centro, 39 James Street, Fortitude Valley.

The film is spoken in French with English subtitles.



3. A Bag of Marbles

Christian Duguay directed and Dorian Le Clech, Patrick Bruel, Batyste Fleurial and Elsa Zylberstein starred in this true story of two young Jewish boys in France during World War II.

Having been sent away by their father, the two boys escape from Nazi-occupied Paris in 1941. Making their way south, they evade the many obstacles set by Nazi soldiers and avoid capture through their own abilities and with occasional assistance.

The sessions remaining for you to see this wonderful movie are:

Thursday 6 April, 8:40pm at the Palace Barracks, Petrie Terrace; and
Saturday 8 April, 8.30pm at the Palace Barracks, Petrie Terrace.

Plus two more encore screenings on:

Sunday 9 April, 4.00pm at the Palace Centro, 39 James Street, Fortitude Valley; and
Wednesday 12 April, 6.00pm at the Palace Barracks, Petrie Terrace

The movie is spoken in French with English subtitles.



4. Standing Tall

Directed by Emmanuelle Bercot and staring Rod Paradot, Catherine Deneuve, Benoît Magimel and Sara Forestier this graphic film opened the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.

Carrying inside an explosive mixture of frustration and rage, a youth raised in a tumultuous love-hate relationship with his single mother, displays an abnormally rebellious personality. Eventually placed in the care of a concerned juvenile judge and a counsellor who embark on the seemingly impossible task of trying to save the boy from his own deeply ingrained anger.

Last chances to catch this enthralling flick are:

Tuesday 4 April, 8.50pm at the Palace Centro, 39 James Street, Fortitude Valley;
Friday 7 April, 6.15pm at the Palace Barracks, Petrie Terrace; and
Sunday 9 April, 1.15pm at the Palace Barracks, Petrie Terrace.

Filmed in French with English subtitles.



5. Heal the Living

This adaptation of Maylis de Kerangal's acclaimed novel was directed by Katell Quillevere and stars Tahar Rahim, Emmanuelle Seigner, Anne Dorval, Bouli Lanners. It somehow interweaves seemingly unrelated stories to a masterpiece of emotion and elegance.

The parents of a young man, on life support after an accident, must decide when to switch off his life-support. Meanwhile, a young woman waits on a donor heart to save her life. The film deals with the turbulent events over 24 hours.

Witness the painstakingly delicate processes with all the tension and grace of life and death decisions. You become part of the drama and experience the precariousness of life, love, death and everything in between.

You can experience this intense drama on:

Monday 3 April, 2.15pm at the Palace Barracks, Petrie Terrace;
Monday 3 April, 6.30pm at the Palace Centro, 39 James Street, Fortitude Valley;
Wednesday 5 April, 2.00pm at the Palace Centro, 39 James Street, Fortitude Valley;
Thursday 6 April, 6.45pm at the Palace Barracks, Petrie Terrace;
Saturday 8 April, 8.20pm at the Palace Centro, 39 James Street, Fortitude Valley;

This beautiful and moving movie was shot in French with English subtitles.



There is only this week to go and then it'll be another year before you can enjoy the experience. For more information on these films and Alliance Francaise you can email at festival@afbrisbane.com or phone 3844 4460.
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Why? This is the final week to enjoy classic French cinema.
When: Monday 3 April until Wednesday 12 April, 2017
Phone: 3844 4460
Where: Palace Barracks Cinema, Petrie Terrace and Palace Centro Cinema, 39 James Street, Fortitude Valley
Cost: General Admission $20; Alliance Francaise Members $15; Palace Club Members $15; and Children (where applicable) $14.50
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