Alliance Française French Film Festival 2017: Our Top Picks

Published on March 13, 2017
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Francophiles and cinema lovers rejoice as the 2017 Alliance Française French Film Festival returns to Cinema Paradiso, Luna on SX and Windsor Cinema from 15 March to 5 April.

With film categories ranging from ‘Age of Innocence’ and ‘Girl Power’ to ‘On the Road’ and ‘Wish you Were Here’, the program is packed with more excitement than a bottle of fine Champagne.

All our favourite stars are back, including Isabelle Huppert (Souvenir; Things to Come), Juliette Binoche (Slack Bay; Polina), Catherine Deneuve (Standing Tall; The Midwife) and Marion Cotillard (From the Land of the Moon; It’s Only the End of the World). And with appearances by Soko, Lily-Rose Depp, Cécile de FranceDiane Kruger and Natalie Portman, the Festival offers more than a few gems to be discovered.

It all kicks off on 15 March with one of the famous French Film Festival opening parties following a screening of celebrity oceanographer Jacques Cousteau biopic The Odyssey. It’s a stunning adventure film mixed with a dash of family drama. Fans of 2001 cult classic Amélie will remember Audrey Tautou, who plays Cousteau’s wife Simone, the first female scuba diver and aquanaut.

The Odyssey film still - AF French Film Festival 2017

The Odyssey opens this year’s Festival.

One of the greatest triumphs of the French Film Festival is its ability to transport us to exotic landscapes; places where French is spoken but the Eiffel Tower is nowhere to be seen. In an Australian premiere, the breathtaking debut feature Wùlu from French-Malian director Daouda Coulibaly tells the story of an ambitious 20-year-old bus driver who gets caught up in drug trafficking.

This year in the documentary category, the César award-winning Tomorrow explores how local communities in 10 countries are applying grassroots solutions to environmental issues in the areas of agriculture, energy, the economy, democracy and education. Catch a special screening in partnership with the Conservation Council of WA on Thursday 23 March and enjoy a glass of wine on arrival.

TOMORROW film still - AF French Film Festival 2017

Tomorrow will make audiences think about their role in the world.

For a bit of quirky fun and romance, Lost in Paris is loaded with charm and belly laughs as it follows a young Canadian woman’s search for her 93-year-old Aunt Martha, who has gone missing in Paris. Actor-directors and real life couple Fiona Gordon and Dominique Abel star in this whimsical ode to the intricately choreographed slapstick of Jacques Tati and Charlie Chaplin.

Other highlights:

– The spell-binding Planetarium stars Natalie Portman and Lily-Rose Depp as sisters searching for their big break in pre-war Paris;

Monsieur Chocolat evokes Belle Époque Paris through the eyes of a former slave turned circus performer (Omar Sy of The Intouchables);

– Tran Anh Hung elevates women and family life in the multi-generational portrait Eternity, backed by a sumptuous score featuring Bach, Beethoven and Debussy.

Find out more and get tickets at the Luna Palace Cinemas website.


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