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.
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 France, Diane 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 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 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.
– 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.