I'm a freelance writer who lives on the Bellarine Peninsula. I enjoy finding new things to see and do in the beautiful area that I live in.
If you're a fan of foreign films and live in Geelong, you'll know that your only real options are renting, downloading or buying the films you want to watch (unless you regularly watch SBS on television). Of course you can always travel to Melbourne if there's a film event on, or if you know which cinemas host foreign and arthouse movies, but this can be an expensive exercise.
Luckily (if French films are your thing), Village Cinemas in Geelong will be hosting a French Film Festival from Friday 3 May to Monday 6 May, 2013. Held in conjunction with the Alliance Francaise de Geelong, this will be the event's fourth year, and there is sure to be a film to suit all tastes.
The event will be held at Village Cinemas in Ryrie St, Geelong
The festival kicks off from 10.30am on Friday, with the family-friendly Asterix and Obelix: On Her Majesty's Service. Fans of the popular French comic will not want to miss the chance to see their favourite characters come to life on the big screen. Furthermore, if you wish to introduce your children to a comic series that has been around for decades, that maintains a fresh appeal for people of all ages, and that doesn't subscribe to Hollywood influences, this may be your best chance to make that happen.
At 4pm on Friday, Amour, an Academy Award multiple nominee and winner of the Best Foreign Language Film this year, will be screening. You could consider this a matinee review, as this film will also be showing later on for the opening night of the Festival. Geelong cinema-goers are luckier than their Melbourne counterparts in this instance, as the award-winning film was not shown at the sister event in Melbourne. Foreign-film aficionados of the Geelong region can celebrate this cinematic coup (considering we rarely get to see something that Melbourne hasn't already) and are encouraged to view this headlining film.
Three other films will be screening as part of the festival- Après Mai (After May), Laurence Anyways, and Camille Redouble (Camille Rewinds). While all of the language will be in French, there will be English subtitles so that people with a rudimentary grasp of the language (or even those with none whatsoever), will be able to follow the stories.
This is a fantastic opportunity to embrace our multicultural society and experience films that deal with real-life, sensitive and humane storylines (as opposed to heavily choreographed action sequences and choppy dialogue as is common in most of the films that Hollywood produces). Tickets are available from the box office (at Village Cinemas, Geelong) and advance bookings are recommended.