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French Film Festival 2012

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The Festival with a French touch returns for 2012.

From its beginning in 1989, the Alliance Francaise French Film Festival has been one of the greatest cultural events in Australia.

For this 23rd edition, the French Film Festival will feature over 45 films and documentaries.

Opening this year's 'Festival du Film' will be Declaration of War (La Guerre est Déclarée), a film which was a commercial and critical success in France. To tell this story, Valerie Donzeli, writer/director of the film and writer Jeremy Elkaim, used their own true story about the tragic day that their son became sick and how, as parents they dealt with this hard experience.

The closing night film will be that of the classic François Truffaut film, The Last Metro, starring the ever so great Catherine Deneuve, Gérard Depardieu and Jean Poiret. This film takes place at the time when the Nazis occupied Paris

2012 festival films also include:
A Happy Event (Un heureux événement) Director: Rémi Bezançon (Cast: Louise Bourgoin, Pio Marmaï & Josiane Balasko) This comedy is about a young couple whose quiet life is turned upside down when they learn that they are having their first baby.

All Our Desires (Toutes nos envies) Director: Philippe Lioret (Cast: Vincent Lindon & Marie Gillain) This drama tells the story of Claire, a young judge at the Tribunal de Lyon who meets Stephen, an clever but cynical judge who she involves in her fight against over-indebtedness.
And if we All Lived Together (Et si on vivait tous ensemble) Director: Stéphane Robelin (Cast: Guy Bedos, Daniel Brühl, Geraldine Chaplin & Jane Fonda) Annie, Jean, Claude, Albert and Jeanne have been best friends for over 40 years, so when the mind starts to go, when the heart is beating faster and you know that the ghost of the old peoples home is at you door. you know you have to do something. They decide to live all together.

Beloved (Les bien-aimés) Director: Christophe Honoré (Cast: Catherine Deneuve, Chiara Mastroianni & Ludivine Sagnier) This movie stars the marvellous Catherine Deneuve and her realf-life daughter, Chiara Mastroianni. From Paris in the 60s to London in the year 2000, we follow a mother and daughter's crazy adventures of love.

Point Blank (A bout portant) Director: Fred Cayavé (Cast: Gilles Lellouche, Roschdy Zem, Gérard Lanvin & Elena Anaya) Everything is going fine for Samuel and Nadia. He will soon be a nurse and she's expecting their first child. But everything changes when Nadia is kidnapped.
Presumed Guilty (Présumé coupable) Director: Vincent Garenq (Cast: Philippe Torreton, Noémie Lvosky & Wladimir Yordanoff) This is the true story of
Alain Marecaux, who was arrested in 2001, along with his wife and 12 other people and wrongly accused of paedophilia.

Omar Killer Me (Omar m'a tuer) Director: Roschdy Zem (Cast: Sami Bouajila, Denis Podalydès & Maurice Bénichou) Based again on a true story, Ghislaine Marchal is found dead on the 24th of June 1991, in the cellar of her villa in Mougins. Omar, her gardener, was arrested the next day. He was accused for a crime he might not have done. He was pardoned and came out 7 years later but still guilty to the eyes of others.

Romantics Anonymous (Les émotifs anonymes) Director: Jean-Pierre Améris (Cast: Benoît Poelvoorde & Isabelle Carré) In this great comedy, Jean-Rene, who owns a chocolate shop, and Angelique, a very talented chocolate maker, are two very emotional people. Their passion for chocolate brings them closer together.

The Art of Love (L'art d'aimer) Director: Emmanuel Mouret (Cast: Emmanuel Mouret, Pascale Arbillot, Ariane Ascaride, François Cluzet, Julie Depardieu & Gaspard Ulliel) In this very funny comedy, we follow the lives of different Parisian couples and their misadventures of love.

The Conquest (La conquête) Director: Xavier Durringer (Cast: Denis Podalydès, Florence Pernel & Bernard Le Coq) This film is part fiction, part factual and tells the story of how President Nicolas Sarkozy got to power.

The Well Digger's Daughter (La fille du puisatier) Director: Daniel Auteuil (Cast: Daniel Auteuil, Kad Merad, & Jean-Pierre Darroussin) The film takes place at the beginning of World War II. While Patricia was taking lunch to her father, she meets Jacques. She's eighteen and he's twenty. She's a beautiful young lady and he's a pilot from a bourgeois family. They meet twice but there will be no third rendezvous. Jacques is sent to war while Patricia is expecting his child. Tension arise with Jacques parents as he is also missing.

The Festival will run from March to April 2012:
Sydney: 6 - 25 March 2012.
Melbourne: 7 - 25 March 2012.
Brisbane: 14 March - 1 April 2012.
Canberra: 14 March - 1 April 2012.
Adelaide: 20 March - 8 April 2012.
Perth: 21 March - 9 April 2012.

For booking and session details, visit the French Film Festival website at www.affrenchfilmfestival.org.
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