2016 Alliance Française French Film Festival – Joie de Vivre

2016 Alliance Française French Film Festival – Joie de Vivre
DAVID STRATTON

David Stratton, co-patron of 2016 Alliance Francaise French Film Festival

Palace Cinemas have a winner with their support of the much feted Alliance Française French Film Festival.

Founded by Antonio Zeccola, who was awarded the ‘Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres’ in 2015, the Palace’s special ambiance provides for adults to full enjoy their cinematic experience. It is all about the ‘joy of life’.

Patrons are enabled to enjoy a beverage of their choice, plus a tempting array of light meals and snacks and their Movie Club program gives regulars welcome price savings.

The 2016 Alliance Française French Film Festival commences in March across seven cities in Australia, with the support of the French Embassy and the Festival’s premier sponsor Peugeot. They have given the ‘Circle’ ten x double passes for a Giveaway – Enter Now to Win

Each year the bar of excellence always seems to rise, with a dazzling array of new contemporary works and usually one classic at least. This year there is a bonus, a new strand showcasing five of France’s top television series.

The Alliance Française French Film Festival has also confirmed that Academy Award® winning filmmaker George Miller, and revered movie critic, David Stratton, are Patrons in 2016.

David Stratton is respected and admired for his insightful movie critiques and wealth of film knowledge.

Marta DusseldorpHe was awarded France’s ‘Order of Arts and Letters” in recognition of his services to cinema in 2011, in particular for French cinema.

The Festival will also welcome husband and wife acting dynamos, Marta Dusseldorp and Benjamin Winspear as Patrons of the Festival’s electrifying new Small Screens on the Big Screen. They are screening the first two episodes of five outstanding French television shows, including an epic political series, Baron Noir, a WW2 drama, Un Village Français an espionage thriller, The Bureau, the sweeping crime-drama, The Last Panthers and the hit comedy, Call My Agent!

The good news announced at this year’s preview is that in September 2016, a new AF Classic French Film Festival will be launched, highlighting nonchalant elegance and honouring France’s great movie stars who have charmed us all over the last century.

Opening night in 2016 will be a glamorous affair, screening Rosalie Blum directed by Julien Rappeneau and featuring Kyan Khojandi, Noémie Lvovsky, Alice Isaaz, Anémone, and Philippe Rebbot

AFF 2This is Rappeneau’s directorial debut, and the warm, witty comedy with its themes of fraternity, love and the need for human connection, sure to be appreciated.

The synopsis as ever is beguiling; Vincent Machot knows his life by heart. He’s lives each day between home and his own hair salon, an over-possessive mother and his sex maniac cousin Laurent.

However life sometimes surprises even the most careful …He meets up with Rosalie Blum, a mysterious and lonely lady, he is convinced he has met before. But where?

Intrigued, he decides to follow her everywhere, hoping to learn more. He embarks on an unexpected adventure, discovering endearing characters. One thing is certain, his life will change.

Festival Artistic Director, Emmanuelle Denavit-Feller, has sourced a thrilling line-up of some forty-eight titles, featuring the acting talents of many ‘artistes’ from a film industry acknowledged as one of Europe’s finest, most prolific and successful.

Microbe & GasolineThe media were treated to an advanced screening of Microbe and Gasoline (Microbe et Gasoil) from director Michel Gondry, a touching tale featuring Ange Dargent, Théophile Baquet, Audrey Tautou and Diane Besnier.

This is a story about two adolescent boys disillusioned with their families and life and so construct an automobile from spare parts and embark on a summer adventure and I enjoyed penning my Review: Microbe & Gasoline

The finale evening will be a restored version of Jean-Luc Godard’s 1963 classic, Contempt (Le Mépris).

Contempt 6This features the ‘sex kitten’ Brigitte Bardot at the height of her career, examining the lengths a failed playwright is prepared to take in order to win favour with a brash Hollywood producer. Actors Jack Palance, Michel Piccoli and, in a rare on-screen appearance, legendary director Fritz Lang are also involved.

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Palace Cinemas, Australia

SYDNEY: 1-24 March Palace Norton Street, Palace Verona, Chauvel Cinema & Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace
MELBOURNE: 2-24 March Palace Balwyn, Palace Brighton Bay, Palace Cinema Como, Palace Westgarth, The Kino Cinemas & The Astor Theatre
CANBERRA: 3-29 March Palace Electric Cinema
BRISBANE: 11 March – 3 April Palace Barracks & Palace Centro
PERTH: 16 March – 7 April Cinema Paradiso, Luna on SX & Windsor Cinema
ADELAIDE: 31 March – 24 April Palace Nova Eastend Cinemas
CASULA: 7-10 April Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre
PARRAMATTA: 7-10 April Riverside Theatre
HOBART: 28 April – 4 May State Cinema

Images: courtesy AF French Film Festival and Palace Cinemas

Program

ALL THREE OF US (Nous trois ou rien)
Director: Kheiron Cast: Kheiron, Leila Bekhti, Gérard Darmon, Zabou Breitman

Based on a true story, this inspiring yet poignant, comedy follows the adventures of a spirited Iranian family who
flee the 1970s tumult of their homeland to start afresh in suburban Paris.

APRIL AND THE EXTRAORDINARY WORLD (Avril et le monde truqué)
Directors: Franck Ekinci & Christian Desmares Voiced by: Marion Cotillard, Jean Rochefort

In this enthralling animated tale set in an alternate Paris of 1941 where steam and coal prevail and science has been
banished, a teenage girl embarks upon a quest to thwart the sinister forces at work.

COURTED (L’Hermine)
Director: Christian Vincent Cast: Fabrice Luchini, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Éva Lallier

A feared Supreme Court judge is driven to ignore protocol when a former lover, for whom he still has feelings, is
selected as a juror for a criminal trial over which he presides.

DHEEPAN (Dheepan)
Director: Jacques Audiard Cast: Antonythasan Jesuthasan, Kalieaswari Srinivasan

Concealing his past and seeking a new life in France, a former Tamil fighter adopts the identity of a dead man and
recruits a young woman and orphaned child to pose as his family.

HEATWAVE (Coup de chaud)
Director: Raphaël Jacoulot Cast: Jean-Pierre Darroussin, Grégory Gadebois, Karim Leklou

During a sweltering summer in a small Southern French town, a troubled young man’s erratic antics enrage his
fellow villagers in search of a scapegoat for their mounting misfortunes.

IN THE SHADOW OF WOMEN (L’Ombre des femmes)
Director: Philippe Garrel Cast: Clotilde Courau, Stanislas Merhar, Lena Paugam

Amidst the backdrop of Paris, the romantic and professional lives of documentary filmmakers, Pierre and Manon,
are tested when the intoxication of infidelity threatens to overwhelm their existence.

LA BELLE SAISON (La Belle saison)
Director: Catherine Corsini Cast: Cécile De France, Izïa Higelin, Noémie Lvovsky

A fascinating look at France’s 1970s feminist movement, as told through the love affair between the worldly Carole
and farmer’s daughter, Delphine, whose relationship is challenged by prejudice and familial obligations.

LOLO (Lolo)
Director: July Delpy Cast: Dany Boon, Julie Delpy, Vincent Lacoste, Karin Viard

A neurotic, Parisian sophisticate finds romance with an IT boffin whilst on holiday. But when her new love joins her
in Paris, her 19 year-old son does his utmost to cunningly sabotage the relationship.

MACADAM STORIES (Asphalte)
Director: Samuel Benchetrit Cast: Gustave Kervern, Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi, Isabelle Huppert

Set against the unlikely backdrop of a dilapidated housing estate, this surreal, yet droll human drama follows the
misadventures of six mismatched characters over the course of several days.

MARGUERITE (Marguerite)
Director: Xavier Giannoli Cast: Catherine Frot, André Marcon, Denis Mpunga

Wealthy Marguerite lives for the opera and despite being tone-deaf, often performs for her inner circle, who pander
to her musical delusions. But disaster beckons when she decides the time is nigh for her professional debut.

MICROBE & GASOLINE (Microbe et Gasoil)
Director: Michel Gondry Cast: Ange Dargent, Théophile Baquet, Audrey Tautou & Diane Besnier

Disillusioned with their families, two adolescent boys – the charismatic Gasoline and the introspective Microbe,
ingeniously construct an automobile from spare parts and embark on a summer adventure.

MON ROI (Mon Roi)
Director: Maïwenn Cast: Vincent Cassel, Emmanuelle Bercot, Louis Garrel

Upon being admitted to a rehabilitation centre following a major skiing accident, lawyer Tony reflects on the
tumultuous relationship she once shared with Georgio, her former husband.

ONE WILD MOMENT (Un moment d’égarement)
Director: Jean-François Richet Cast: Vincent Cassel, François Cluzet, Alice Isaaz, Lola Le Lann

A holiday on the Corsican coast between two middle-aged men and their teenage daughters leads to a complicated
yet erotic liaison, in this intoxicating comedy-drama.

PAPA OU MAMAN (Papa ou maman)
Director: Martin Bourboulon Cast: Laurent Lafitte, Marina Foïs, Anne Le Ny, Michel Vuillermoz

In this subversive comedy, a couple’s seemingly perfect lives implode when both are offered jobs abroad. An all-out
battle ensues with everything up ‘for grabs’…except custody of their three children!

TAJ MAHAL (Taj Mahal)
Director: Nicolas Saada Cast: Stacy Martin, Louis-Do de Lencquesaing & Gina McKee

Left alone whilst her parents dine across town, the complacency of a bored teenager is shattered when terrorists
attack her Mumbai hotel, forcing her to battle for survival.

THE BRAND NEW TESTAMENT (Le Tout Nouveau Testament)
Director: Jaco Van Dormael Cast: Benoît Poelvoorde, Catherine Deneuve, Yolande Moreau

THE MEASURE OF A MAN (La Loi du marché)
Director: Stéphane Brizé Cast: Vincent Lindon, Karine Petit de Mirbeck & Matthieu Schaller

A decent, middle-aged man, desperate for work, finally lands a job as Head of Security for a supermarket, only to
find himself immersed in a world where morality is clothed in many shades of grey.

THE SCENT OF THE MANDARINE (L’Odeur de la mandarine)
Director: Gilles Legrand Cast: Olivier Gourmet, Georgia Scalliet, Dimitri Storoge

In the dying months of WW1, a widowed home-care nurse accepts a marriage proposal from her patient, a crippled
cavalry officer, beginning a new battle for both as they try to find a degree of mutual happiness.

THE WAIT (L’Attente)
Director: Piero Messina Cast: Juliette Binoche, Lou de Laâge, Giorgio Colangeli

At a remote Sicilian villa, a mother welcomes a young woman claiming to be the girlfriend of her absent son. But as
the days pass and the two form a friendship, it becomes apparent that something is amiss.

THE WHITE KNIGHTS (Les Chevaliers blancs)
Director: Joachim Lafosse Cast: Vincent Lindon, Louise Bourgoin & Valérie Donzelli

In an anonymous African country an organization is established to repatriate young orphans to France. But not all is
what it seems as the line between altruism and human trafficking becomes blurred.

VALLEY OF LOVE (Valley of love)
Director: Guillaume Nicloux Cast: Gérard Depardieu, Isabelle Huppert, Dan Warber
Following an enigmatic summons from their dead son, a former couple reunite in Death Valley and explore their
unresolved feelings, which leads to a mysterious epiphany.

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