Alliance Française French Film Festival

Alliance Française French Film Festival

Alliance Française French Film Festival 2018

The Alliance Française French Film Festival will return to Hobart at the State Cinema from March 15th to March 24th with an exceptional array of contemporary French cinema guaranteed to delight. Opening with the comedy C'est la Vie! from the directors of The Intouchables (2010), the 2018 programme reflects the overall sense of positivity infusing many recent French titles, incorporating messages of courage, generosity, camaraderie and equality.

5-film passes are now on sale available for purchase at the box office and are redeemable in person or online! Special discounted passes are available for State Members and Alliance Française Members, upon presentation of a valid Membership.

Programme

FFF - Opening Night - C'est La Vie!

  • Cast
  • Jean-Pierre Bacri, Jean-Paul Rouve, Gilles Lellouche, Vincent Macaigne, Hélène Vincent
  • Director
  • Éric Toledano, Olivier Nakache
  • Synopsis
  • The dynamic directorial duo behind the 2011 smash The Intouchables – Éric Toledano and Olivier Nakache – reunite for the Opening Night film C’est la vie!, in which a wedding threatens to erupt into an utter nightmare for the party’s cantankerous planner, Max.

    Over a career spanning more than 30 years, Max Angély (Jean-Pierre Bacri, for whom the role was penned) has enjoyed a celebrated career as a caterer and event organiser. Today, it’s all hands on deck for Pierre and Héléna’s nuptials in a breathtaking 17th century French chateau. As per usual, Max has everything precisely organised but, as the celebrations get underway, Murphy’s Law takes over, and his perfectly planned occasion risks disintegrating into a chaotic farce. Can Max and his team pull together to make Pierre and Héléna’s special day memorable for all the right reasons?

    The Closing Night film at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival, C'est la vie! is a carefully crafted, character-based rom-com loaded with witty zingers. A hypnotically jazzy soundtrack and top-notch ensemble cast – including Gilles Lellouche as the scene stealing DJ James – seals the deal on what is shameless fun from go to whoa.
  • Classification
  • M, 117 mins
  • Consumer Advice
  • Coarse language
  • Genre
  • Comedy, Festivals
  • Running Time
  • 117 minutes

FFF - Normandy Nude

  • Cast
  • François Cluzet, François-Xavier, Demaison Arthur Dupont Grégory Gadebois
  • Director
  • Phillippe Le Guay
  • Synopsis
  • The eagerly-awaited new comedy from Philippe Le Guay, director of 2011 Festival favourite The Women on the 6th Floor, Normandy Nude is a warm and wise tale of a proud farming community who must put their grievances aside in order to save their village.

    The charming town of Mêle-sur-Sarthe, Normandy, is in crisis. Dairy and livestock prices have plummeted due to a flood of imports, and farmers are threatened with foreclosure. Mayor Georges Balbuzard (the irrepressible François Cluzet, beloved from The Intouchables and The Country Doctor) does his best to fight and raise awareness of their plight, but the situation isn’t deemed newsworthy for national media.

    Things seem hopeless… until the day famous American photographer Newman (Toby Jones) passes through the village, inadvertently discovering the perfect backdrop for his next shoot. Balbuzard sees a rare opportunity, and sets about convincing the townsfolk - the farmers, the butcher, the pharmacist, some 200 in all - to participate. The catch? They all have to pose naked! Le Guay’s wonderful ensemble delivers a memorable portrait of community, resilience and 'fraternité'. Leave your inhibitions at home; you’re assured of returning with a smile.
  • Classification
  • CTC, 107 mins
  • Genre
  • Comedy, Drama, Festivals
  • Running Time
  • 107 minutes

FFF - Aurore

  • Cast
  • Agnès Jaoui, Thibault de Montalembert, Philippe Rebbot, Pascale Arbillot
  • Director
  • Blandine Lenoir
  • Synopsis
  • A hugely entertaining blend of humour, truthfulness and sensitivity, Blandine Lenoir’s warm-hearted romantic comedy Aurore centres on a middle-aged woman in the midst of major personal and professional life changes.

    Fifty-year-old Aurore Tabort (the truly marvellous Agnès Jaoui), separated from her husband and newly unemployed, discovers she is to become a grandmother. She feels as if her own life has come to a standstill, and is slowly being pushed to the fringes of society. But after bumping into the great love of her youth, Totoche, (Thibault de Montalembert) something changes… Aurore wonders if it might still be possible to embark on something new.

    On screen from start to finish, actress and co-writer Jaoui is the heart and soul of this witty, feel-great film. She brings a touching, truer-than-life poignancy to an endearing portrait of the resilience of womanhood, as an everyday heroine on the road to (re)discovery. You will cheer for Aurore.
  • Classification
  • M, 89 mins
  • Consumer Advice
  • Sex, coarse language and brief nudity
  • Genre
  • Comedy, Festivals
  • Running Time
  • 89 minutes

FFF - BPM (Beats Per Minute)

  • Cast
  • Nahuel Pérez Biscayart, Arnaud Valois, Adèle Haenel, Antoine Reinartz
  • Director
  • Robin Campillo
  • Synopsis
  • Writer-director Robin Campillo’s BPM (Beats Per Minute) throws us into the milieu of sexual and political activism during François Mitterrand’s Government of the early 90's. As seen through the prism of the ACT UP movement in Paris, this film passionately illuminates the fight for social acceptance by people living with HIV in the face of drug manufacturers reluctant to expedite treatment breakthroughs.

    Nathan (Arnaud Valois) joins the ACT UP collective and is immediately drawn to the radical and somewhat militant Sean (Nahuel Pérez Biscayart), a 20-something man living with HIV. As their relationship develops, and Sean’s condition deteriorates, BPM evolves skilfully from documentary-style to intimate drama, in a way that has captured the hearts of audiences across France.

    Evoking Larry Kramer’s pivotal The Normal Heart, Campillo draws on his own experiences as a member of ACT UP to imbue BPM with a sensuous depiction of the compromised – but still active – sex lives of the group. He adds an undeniably visceral human aspect to their ideological 'raison d’être': access to fair medical and social treatment in the public eye, and to love sans fear.
  • Classification
  • MA15+, 142 mins
  • Consumer Advice
  • Strong themes, sex scenes and graphic nudity
  • Genre
  • Drama, Festivals
  • Running Time
  • 142 minutes

FFF - Back to Burgundy

  • Cast
  • Pio Marmaï, Ana Girardot, François Civil, Jean-Marc Roulot
  • Director
  • Cédric Klapisch
  • Synopsis
  • In his latest work, screenwriter Cédric Klapisch (best known for The Spanish Apartment, 2002) perfectly captures the transfixing beauty of seasonal change across one of France’s most famous
    winemaking regions.

    With the death of his father looming, Jean (Pio Marmaï) returns from his Australian winery to his childhood 'domaine' in Burgundy after a 10-year absence. He takes over the family’s vineyard along with his siblings Juliette (Ana Girardot) and Jérémie (François Civil). Over the course of a year, Jean, Juliette and Jérémie put aside their lingering resentments about the past as they seek to maintain their father’s legacy and defy expectations – financial, emotional and professional – of those around them.

    A heartfelt love letter to what could be argued are France’s greatest passions – 'cinéma et vin' – Back to Burgundy is a nuanced parable of sibling camaraderie and imploding familial tension but ultimately one that arrives at the inevitable conclusion that love is like wine… it needs time.
  • Classification
  • M, 113 mins
  • Consumer Advice
  • Sex scene and coarse language
  • Genre
  • Drama, Festivals
  • Running Time
  • 113 minutes

FFF - Number One

  • Cast
  • Emmanuelle Devos, Benjamin Biolay, Richard Berry, Sami Frey
  • Director
  • Tonie Marshall
  • Synopsis
  • Tonie Marshall, the only female filmmaker to win a Best Director César (Venus Beauty Institute, 1999), explores the status of women in France’s corporate world and how merit shapes up against privilege in her latest drama, Number One.

    Emmanuelle (Emmanuelle Devos) has risen through the ranks of a major energy firm to sit on its board of directors. When an influential network of women offers to help her become head of France’s biggest water company – making her the first woman to hold such a position – what at first seems like an exciting challenge degenerates into all-out gender war. Representing the 'ancien regime' of corporate white male privilege is Jean (Richard Berry), who also has his eyes set on this role.

    Featuring a stellar ensemble cast that includes Suzanne
    Clément, Sami Frey and John Lynch (Sliding Doors, 1998), Number One is a thought-provoking portrayal of the down-and-dirty machinations utilised to acquire power and stay at the top of the corporate "heap".
  • Classification
  • M, 110 mins
  • Consumer Advice
  • Coarse language
  • Genre
  • Comedy, Drama, Festivals
  • Running Time
  • 110 minutes

FFF - See You Up There

  • Cast
  • Albert Dupontel, Laurent Lafitte, Émilie Dequenne, Nahuel Pérez Biscayart
  • Director
  • Albert Dupontel
  • Synopsis
  • Albert Dupontel (In Harmony, The First, the Last) appears in, writes and directs this epic crime drama adapted from the best-selling, award-winning novel by France’s answer to James Ellroy, Pierre Lemaitre. As star and narrator, Dupontel is Albert Maillard, a rank-and-file French infantryman battling to survive trench warfare as WWI comes to its conclusion. In a horrific final sortie, Maillard is almost buried alive by debris and his comrade Édouard Péricourt (Nahuel Pérez Biscayart, BPM) is horribly disfigured after being hit by mortar fire.

    Péricourt becomes addicted to morphine during his convalescence and, living behind elaborate masks to hide his disfigurement, concocts a plan with Maillard to sell phony monuments to French towns honouring their dead; an undertaking that will prove as dangerous as it is stunning. Also starring Laurent Lafitte (Boomerang) as the sadistic Captain Pradelle and Niels Arestrup as Péricourt’s estranged father, See You Up There is an awe inspiringly lavish 1920s period thriller with a production budget to match. Fans of Lemaitre’s crime writing will not be disappointed.
  • Classification
  • CTC, 117 mins
  • Genre
  • Drama, Festivals, History
  • Running Time
  • 117 minutes

FFF - Custody

  • Cast
  • Léa Drucker, Denis Ménochet, Mathilde Auneveux, Florence Janas
  • Director
  • Xavier Legrand
  • Synopsis
  • One of the most astonishing film debuts in recent memory, Xavier Legrand’s heart-stopping drama charts a family’s struggles with the fallout of divorce, and the resulting arrangements for (and impact on) the two children.

    Miriam (Léa Drucker) and Antoine (Denis Ménochet) have recently separated. While she’s willing to permit their 17-year-old daughter Joséphine (Mathilde Auneveux) to decide living arrangements for herself, Miriam is desperate to keep her youngest, 12-year old Julien (Thomas Gioria), away from his father. But the magistrate rules in favour of joint custody, and suddenly the boy is thrown directly into the middle of an escalating parental conflict, where it seems inevitable that sides must be chosen.

    Superbly observed and flawlessly acted (the heart-rending performances of the two children are more than worth the price of admission), Legrand’s precise dissection of this family dynamic masterfully builds into a pulse-pounding thriller. Honest, yet still evoking profound sympathy for all its protagonists, Custody is sure to be remembered as one of the most important and vital films of 2018. Don’t miss it.
  • Classification
  • CTC, 93 mins
  • Genre
  • Drama, Festivals
  • Running Time
  • 93 minutes

FFF - The Return of the Hero

  • Cast
  • Jean Dujardin, Mélanie Laurent, Noémie Merlant, Féodor Atkine
  • Director
  • Laurent Tirard
  • Synopsis
  • The dashing and debonair Academy Award-winning actor from The Artist, Jean Dujardin, lights up the screen as a swashbuckling lothario-turned-faux-hero in a bawdy new comedy from writer-director Laurent Tirard; the brand new “OSS at Napoleon's time”.

    It is 1809 in France and the great seducer, Captain Neuville (Jean Dujardin), comes to ask for the hand of the young Pauline (Noémie Merlant) in marriage. But Pauline’s sister, Elisabeth (Mélanie Laurent) proves impervious to Neuville’s charms.

    When Neuville is called to the front and Pauline sits anxiously waiting for news, Elisabeth takes to the pen and, through her valiant prose, makes him a real hero of war when the reality is decidedly different. Then Neuville returns for his bride…Part Casanova, part Cyrano de Bergerac and many parts funny, The Return of the Hero comes together through the chemistry of its enigmatic leads, particularly Dujardin and Laurent, who are unimpeachable in their comic abilities.
  • Classification
  • M, 91 mins
  • Consumer Advice
  • Sex scenes
  • Genre
  • Comedy, Festivals, History
  • Running Time
  • 91 minutes

FFF - Two is a Family

  • Cast
  • Omar Sy, Clémence Poésy, Antoine Bertrand, Gloria Colston
  • Director
  • Hugo Gélin
  • Synopsis
  • Hugo Gélin’s bona fide crowd-pleaser not only stormed France’s Christmas holiday season (achieving a phenomenal 3 million + admissions), it also charmed audiences internationally, becoming the most popular French-language film of 2017 worldwide.

    Samuel (the irrepressible Omar Sy, The Intouchables) enjoys an A-list, hedonistic lifestyle on the sun-drenched beaches of the Côte d’Azur. Life is good, until the day former lover Kristin (Clémence Poésy) arrives out of nowhere and deposits the fruits of their tryst – an infant daughter, Gloria - in his care. Incapable of looking after a baby, Samuel rushes to the UK in an attempt to return the child to her mother, without any luck. He decides to stay in London and, after finding work as a television stuntman, their relationship slowly begins to bloom.

    When Kristin eventually reappears, Gloria has grown into a bright and effervescent eight year old… and the inseparable father-daughter team finds their connections tested. Filled with colour, humour and emotion and great performances, Two Is a Family is a lavishly-produced slice of entertainment that will leave you with a smile (and perhaps a few tears too).
  • Classification
  • CTC, 118 mins
  • Genre
  • Comedy, Drama, Festivals
  • Running Time
  • 118 minutes

 

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