There are forty-seven films, two docos and even a few episodes of a Paris based TV show. The French Film Festival is not just for the French community, within these award-winning selections there is truly something for everyone. Love, fear, jealousy, equality, family tensions, wins and losses are storylines with no international barriers. These films will make you feel, laugh, dream and perhaps even inspire you.
I urge you not to fear of subtitled films. Subtitles are like wearing 3D glasses, you are acutely aware of them at first but after a few minutes, you completely forget they are there.
I had the privilege of attending the panel after a screening of Jalouse. The panel included David Foenkinos, the writer/director of the film, Sam Strong the Artistic Director of Queensland Theatre and Tracey Vieira Chief Executive Officer of Screen Queensland. The discussion centred on the adaptation of written work into stage or screen. It was interesting to hear the obstacles faced and viewpoints of the three representatives. I only wished there was more time.
There is a reason why over 174,500 moviegoers made this the largest foreign Film Festival in Australia. It's not to be missed. There is 6-10 films screening daily so make sure you grab your friends and family and see many of these contemporary French films as you can!
Thanks to a horrific chest infection I have only been able to see two Films so far but I've circled a few more to watch before the festival is through.
JALOUSE (Jealous) This film is a refreshing change of pace. A dark-ish dramedy about a bitter-eaten woman going through a 'transit' stage in life. I laughed, cringed and even found myself cheering for this well written villainesque character. Nathalie, brought to life by actor Karin Viard, could be any one of us. She falls chin deep, from a respected well-liked professional, a caring mother, and a good friend, into a pit of self-destructing envy. It was brutally honest and moving all the way through to end. Great film, brilliant story. I highly recommend you catch this film while you can!
Written and Directed by David Foenkinos
Stéphane Foenkinos Cast: Karin Viard Dara Tombroff
Thibault de Montalembert
C'EST LA VIE! (That's life)
I laughed so much, I hardly know where to start. This film closed the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival last year and Opened the French Film Festival this year. It follows Event Co-ordinator/Caterer Max Angely (Jean-Pierre Barci) on his latest job, a Wedding held in a spectacular 17th Century French Palace. He and his team have been doing this for a long time but Murphy's Law has been at it for longer. Everything that can go wrong will go wrong and the Wedding is in serious danger of becoming a memorable farce instead of the bride and groom's dream. There are moments in this film that had me in absolute stitches. The writing is wonderfully clever, fast and witty. The cast gifted with comedic timing, make this movie one of the funniest I have had the absolute pleasure to see in a long time.
Written and Directed by
Éric Toledano Cast:
The closing night is film is the romantic comedy 50 IS THE NEW 30 Directed by Valerie Lemercier starring Valerie Lemercier, Helen Vincent, Patrick Timsit and Denis Podaydes. Can you imagine moving back in with mum and dad at the age of 50? I can only assume hilarity and tears follow.
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