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2014 Alliance Francaise French Film Festival - Melbourne

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by Fiona Anderson (subscribe)
A Melbourne based writer who is a travel junkie, dedicated foodie and emerging photographer.
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Time to get your Fix of French Farce
Picture this, there's a girl who lives with her widowed father but wants more from her life than she feels the inevitable marriage to the local mechanic's son is likely to offer. She decides to seek job opportunities outside her local town, and just happens to be interviewed by a suave man, who discovers her hidden talent.... that she can type faster than lightning! So, suave man starts to coach local girl to prepare her for the 'speed typing championships' in New York. Of course.

Sounds like either a bad plot for a Mills and Boon story, or the basis for a funny French film. Fortunately it's the latter. I should mention that it's set in the 1950s, when typewriters were state of the art. This is the basis for Populaire, one of the 40 new features and documentaries that will feature in this year's Alliance Francaise French Film Festival. Celebrating its 25th year, the Festival runs from 5th - 23rd March 2014.

Populaire (Image from the Alliance Francaise French Film Festival website)

Opening night on Wednesday 5th March is at the Palace Cinema Como. There will be a reception at 6.30pm, followed by the Melbourne premiere of The Finishers, a drama about a wheelchair-bound teenager, who proposes to his father that they should join forces to compete in a triathlon. An opening night gala follows the film. Tickets for opening night are: $60 for Alliance Française de Melbourne and Palace Movie Club Members and $65 for non-members.

Tickets for all sessions are on sale now, from participating cinemas (Palace Cinemas and the Kino) and the website. The full schedule, including information about all films, can also be viewed online. The standard adult price for most sessions is $20 (less for members).

Belle and Sebastian
Image from Belle and Sebastian, one of the movies featured in the Festival. (From the Festival website)

With a record national attendance of 133,000 cinema goers in 2013 (41,000 in Melbourne), it is not only the biggest foreign film festival in Australia, it is also the largest celebration of French films outside of France. So get in quickly to secure your tickets.

Tour de Force
Image from Tour de Force, one of the movies featured in the Festival. (From the Festival website)
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Why? 41,000 Melbourne cinema goers participated in Film Festival events last year; don't be the one to miss out! Book your tickets now!
When: Various sessions, from 5-23 March 2014
Phone: 03 9525 3463
Where: Various Palace Cinemas plus the Kino Cinema
Cost: Standard adult prices: opening night - $65, special events - $29, standard session - $20 (discounts for members)
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