For the dedicated Francophiles, it's time to rejoice and look forward to the 32nd Alliance Française French Film Festival. Awash with high-octane drama, seductive romance, nail-biting suspense, historical tales that will enthral and comedies guaranteed to elevate your spirits, the 2021 festival will showcase multiple Premiere screenings and special events. You can download the program here.
2-31 Mar - Sydney Schedule - Palace Central, Palace Verona, Palace Norton Street, Chauvel Cinema & Hayden Orpheum Cremorne
3-31 Mar - Melbourne Schedule - Palace Cinema Como, Palace Balwyn, Palace, Brighton Bay, Palace Westgarth, Astor Theatre, The Kino & Pentridge Cinema
Presented by the Alliance Française, in association with the Embassy of France in Australia and the wonderful support of their Presenting Sponsor, Peugeot Australia, this year's choice line-up of 37 features has something to delight the most discerning cinephile.
Eiffel kicks off the festival on Opening Night with an all-star cast that includes Romain Duris (The Spanish Apartment) as Eiffel and Emma Mackey (Netflix's Sex Education) as Adrienne Bourgès, the woman from his past. A gorgeous historical film, this lovingly detailed biopic recreates Paris in the late 19th century to tell the story of Gustave Eiffel, the engineering genius to whom the wrought-iron lattice tower is named after.
A world premiere of the biggest French production of 2020, Eiffel struggled for inspiration to build something special for the 1889 World's Fair - until he encounters a mysterious woman that he once knew many years ago. This opening night special event comes with a glass of champagne and refreshments on arrival, and a gift bag, in some states.
#Iamhere on Closing Night embraces the unpredictability of life and celebrates venturing out of your comfort zone in the long-awaited new comedy by Eric Lartigau. Starring Alain Chabat and Bae Doona, Stephane (Alain Chabat) is in a rut. His life and career is on cruise control. One day he meets a young Korean woman on Instagram named Soo (Bae Doona) with whom he becomes smitten and on an impulse, boards a plane to Seoul to meet her. But when he arrives things don't go according to plan. Is Soo who she says she is? Has Stephane just made the biggest mistake of his life? An endearing culture clash comedy of someone navigating a mid-life crisis, this is a fun and big-hearted film about a man who may not have loved wisely.
For a little taste of France, before you watch Delicious, you either need to eat beforehand or have a reservation in place. As with all films depicting the preparation of great food, this mouth-watering new historical comedy may just have you salivating. Set in 1789 France, prior to the dawn of the Revolution, gastronomy is strictly for the aristocrats. It's the quality and reputation of its table that makes or breaks their prestigious standing in the community
When their talented but prideful cook Manceron serves an unapproved dish of his own creation, he is promptly dismissed. Wounded, he swears off his passion and retreats with his son to a regional inn where travellers were infrequent and vegetable soup the common meal. But, when a mysterious woman arrives and offers to pay to become his apprentice, the stage is set for a wildly enjoyable tale of reignited passion, mentorship and revenge and of the creation of France's very first restaurant.
In between Opening and Closing Nights are a myriad of delights, including a newly restored 4K edition of director Jean-Luc Godard's masterpiece, Breathless (À bout de soufflé) (1960), acknowledged as one of the earliest and most potent examples of French New Wave (nouvelle vague) cinema. With a screenplay by Jean-Luc Godard and starring Jean-Paul Belmondo and Jean Seberg as a pair of narcissistic young lovers on the run from authorities following a violent and impulsive crime, no debut film since Citizen Kane (1942) has had as great an influence on cinematic trends and styles.
In this new year, the AFFF has a new Instagram account so be sure to be following. Be whisked away to Paris, Cannes, Tunisia, and beyond with an utterly captivating lineup of films with something to suit everyone. Follow the festival on social media to keep up-to-date with the latest news and events.