AF French Film Festival – Celebrating a Good Year in Film

Film " L'ODYSSEE

Planetarium 1The 28th Season for the Alliance Francaise French Film Festival will commence in all the capitals of Australia in March, 2017 featuring documentaries and contemporary movies; landmark films in the genres of romance, adventure, comedy, historical tales, thrillers and drama, celebrating a good year in film.

eiffel-tower-dayThe AF French Film Festival starts in Sydney on March 7th, in Melbourne on March 8, Canberra March 9, Perth March 15, Brisbane March 16 and in Adelaide and Hobart March 30, it will also have a regional viewing in NSW at Parramatta from April 6 and Casula from April 8.

The 2017 event will present forty five (45) films by renowned directors including Emmanuelle Bercot, Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne, Nicole Garcia, Benoît Jacquot and Mia Hansen-Løve, to Philippe Lioret, Martin Provost, Jérôme Salle, Bertrand Tavernier and Roschdy Zem.

Actors include many of France’s finest performers, including Daniel Auteuil, Nathalie Baye, Bérénice Béjo, Juliette Binoche, Dany Boon, Vincent Cassel, Marion Cotillard, François Cluzet, Jean-Pierre Darroussin, Catherine Deneuve, Gérard Depardieu, Catherine Frot, Louis Garrel, Sandrine Kiberlain, Mélanie Laurent, Virginie Ledoyen, Noémie Lvovsky, Fabrice Luchini, Benoît Poelvoorde, Léa Seydoux, Emmanuelle Seigner, Omar Sy and Gaspard Ulliel, to mention just a few.

The DancerThe Dancer (La Danseuse) starring singer-actress Soko as American pioneer of modern dance Loïe Fuller is totally unique, about a pioneer in the world of contemporary dance.

The story revolves around the complicated relationship with her protégé and rival Isadora Duncan played by Lily-Rose Depp.

Fuller was the toast the Folies Bergère in Paris by the turn of the twentieth century.

She was an inspiration for the artist Henri Marie Raymond de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901) and the innovators French inventors and pioneer manufacturers of photographic equipment, the Lumière Brothers.

Lumiere BrothersThey were busy devising an early motion picture camera and projector and in 1896 sent a trained crew of innovative cameraman-projectionists to cities throughout the world to show films and shoot new material.

Sure to enchant, the film is set in the period of French style known as La Belle Époque, or the “beautiful era”, considered a golden time of beauty, innovation, and peace between France and its European neighbours.

New inventions were making life easier across all social levels, with the cultural scene thriving as the Cabaret, the Cancan, and the Cinema were all born. Art took new forms with art and design styles now known as Impressionism and Art Nouveau both flourishing.

Film " L'ODYSSEEOther feature films include It’s Only the End of the World (Juste la fin du monde), which garnered director Xavier Dolan the Grand Prize of the Jury at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival; multi-award winning Things to Come (L’avenir) starring Isabelle Huppert; the deliciously comedic Slack Bay (Ma Loute); Planetarium, from writer/director Rebecca Zlotowski in which Natalie Portman and Lily-Rose Depp portray sisters surviving as mediums in 1930s Paris; The Odyssey (L’Odyssée), starring Lambert Wilson and Audrey Tautou as famed oceanic adventurers Jacques-Yves and Simone Cousteau as well as director Anne Fontaine’s haunting 1940s drama The Innocents (Les innocentes) .

Win our Giveaway

We are pleased to report the AF French Film Festival have generously provided The Culture Concept Circle with ten (10) x double passes valid nationally, entitling the holder to attend one complimentary Festival session of choice, subject to terms and conditions. Giveaway ENDS Friday Monday 27 February 2017 at 5:00 pm

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