Alliance Française French Film Festival
Transport yourself to France and experience that Gallic ‘joie de vivre’ when the Alliance Française French Film Festival 2021 touches down in Brisbane at the Palace Barracks and Palace James St from 17 March to 13 April, 2021.
Francophiles and film buffs will be delighted with this year’s curated cinema program of 37 incredible features from established filmmakers and emerging talents. New Artistic Director Karine Mauris is passionate about nurturing new talent and discovering the diverse stories that shine a spotlight on the many rich facets of French life.
Highlights include the Opening Night (March 17) with Eiffel, an utterly enchanting tale about one of France’s most iconic structures, screening at The Palace Barracks, where tickets include a glass of champagne on arrival and a gift bag. Taste of France (Mar 23) will feature Delicious, the mouth-watering new film from director extraordinaire Éric Besnard, about the creation of France's first restaurant in the 18th century, also at The Palace Barracks, with welcome drink and snacks on arrival. And Closing Night (April 13) will be a celebration of the end of another brilliant film festival with #Iamhere, an endearing culture-clash comedy about a French chef seeking love and inspiration on the other side of the world.
Every film in the 2021 season is guaranteed to delight with many of the inclusions exploring the powerful urge to overcome obstacles, no matter the situation or sacrifice.
Passionate examples include Appearances, a taut thriller where a couple’s privileged existence threatens to implode due to infidelity and revenge; Miss, a joyful, yet thought-provoking film about a boy who dreams of transcending traditional binary gender definitions by entering the Miss France beauty pageant; Final Set, where an ageing tennis player takes one last shot at winning the French Open; and Aline (inspired by the life of singing sensation Céline Dion), the story of a teenager from Quebec whose powerful voice propels her onto the world stage to become the darling of millions.
As intrinsic to French culture as breathing, ‘l’amour’ in all its intoxicating complexities, is another recurring theme. It’s explored with delicate sensitivity in Love Affair(s), via sophisticated humour in The Wedding Speech and with empathy in Summer of 85, while Perfumes is the classic odd-couple story about two people whose temperaments are poles apart - and yet, opposites attract.
This year’s program will also highlight diversity through titles such as The Man Who Sold His Skin, a modern Faustian tale selected as the Tunisian entry for Best International Feature Film at the 93d Academy Awards©; the devastation of civil war as depicted in Small Country: An African Childhood; Arab Blues, a sparkling ‘fish-out-of-water’ comedy about adapting to a new culture; the fraught Night Shift, which explores the moral dilemmas faced by police when dealing with illegal immigrants; the lyrical and poetic 1950s drama, Skies of Lebanon and Fahim, the Little Chess Prince, the story of Fahim Mohammad, the Bangladeshi refugee boy who became a national French chess champion.
Bringing these stories and more to life is a host of Europe’s finest actors that include luminaries such as Jean-Paul Belmondo, Monica Bellucci, Isabelle Carré, Alain Chabat, François Cluzet, Camille Cottin, Emmanuelle Devos, Lou de Laâge, Gérard Depardieu, Laeticia Dosch, Romain Duris, André Dussollier, Virginie Efira, Catherine Frot, Omar Sy, Isabelle Huppert, Kristin Scott Thomas and Karin Viard.
Good to know - The annual joyous and evocative celebration of French culture will screen at Palace Barracks and Palace James Street in a COVID-safe environment, including social distancing, sanitising and circulation of clean air to ensure a safe cinema experience for all.
Film Images - Top to Bottom: Delicious; Aline; Bye Bye Morons; Love Affair(s); The Man Who Sold His Skin; Arab Blues; Summer of 85
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Alliance Française French Film Festival 2021
Palace James Street
Mar 17 - Apr 13, 2021