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AF French Film Festival 2015

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The world's largest French Film Festival
Film festivals are often our only chance to see many quality movies on the big screen. Alliance Francaise's annual film festival brings the best in French cinema over 3 weeks at Palace Centro at Fortitude Valley and Palace Barracks near Roma Street Station.

The popularity of French cinema in Australia is seen by the fact that this festival is in its 26th year, is the biggest film festival in Australia and is in fact the biggest French film festival outside of France.

Expect a little biy of everything at this festival, including comedies, dramas, documentaries, blockbusters, independent films, and of course, many films about love. There are also other events including the glamorous opening night, Q&As as well as other special events.


Opening night features a modern retelling of Madame Bovary, Gemma Bovery, and of course French wine and food.

Of the many other films two stand out for as the must see movies of this festival.

Paris, Je T'aime or Paris, I love you has 20 interweaving love stories set in Paris, the city of love. Each story is a short film in of itself, but together they make up a central theme about love.

In English this film is called The Connection, in French it is La French. If you remember the 1970s classic US film, the French Connection, well The Connection tells the story of the French side of the connection, that is the story of drugs lords in France in the 1970s. A classic style gritty action movie.

The critics choice for the festival is Girlhood (Bande de filles), the story Marieme, a late teen girl growing up in the lower class French suburbs and the struggles she faces in finding a future for herself.

There will also be Q&A sessions with Margaret Pomeranz and David Stratton for selected movies. See the website for more details.

There are also movies for the kids, including Asterix - The Mansions of the Gods, Moomins on the Riviera and Nicholas on Holiday.

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Where: Palace Centro at Fortitude Valley and Palace Barracks near Roma Street Station
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