For the lover of foreign movies, especially French ones, 'happy days are here again'. In its 26th year theAlliance Franšaise French Film Festival has marched into the heart of the Australian cultural calendar. It's the biggest film festival in Australia and the biggest festival of French films outside of France.
Margaret and David; patrons of the festival choose 3 Hearts, Diplomacy, Far from Men, The Blue Room, The last hammer blow and Tokyo Fiancee
Screening over 8 weeks (3 March to 21 April - see schedule below for specific dates in specific cities) in 8 cities (Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Canberra, Brisbane, Byron Bay, Perth and Hobart), you can expect a glamorous opening night, Q&As, festival highlights and special events with renowned figures of French film. Hence if you're a 'keen bean' to experience the latest on offer, check out your local Palace and other participating cinemas for this international celebration of the best new flavours from France. If you don't already have the program in your hot little hands, you can download it HERE.
Artistic Director Emmanuelle Denavit-Feller has chose 49 features and documentaries for your viewing pleasure while David Stratton and Margaret Pomeranz have been named this year's Festival Patrons. The opening night and closing night films form part of the categories on offer in this festival line-up. This makes it really easy to select the genre that appeals to you. Tickets can be purchased directly from the website or from the cinemas themselves.
For ticketing information make sure you select the city you live in first, so you don't miss out on the reception and party on opening night; the one screening only of the closing night film, with drinks and canapÚs before the screening and other special events that include glasses of sparkling, cacao chocolates, wine, cheese and mini desserts depending on which special event you are going to.
If you think you can belt out a short verse from a favourite French song at The Belier Family screening, you can register as a contestant and discover prize details here.
Kiddies Korner - Asterix - The mansions of the Gods, Moomins on the Riviera and Nicholas on Holiday
Again, the ticketing page is the one you want, to find out about Q&A sessions, general admission prices, group booking prices, including school groups, and the rates for multiple film passes. Door sales will be available for most sessions but cannot be guaranteed. Buy your tickets in advance to avoid disappointment and get there 30 minutes earlier to collect and avoid queues. Palace Cinema passes and other complimentary passes, cinema promotions and free ticket offers are not valid for festival screenings.