Alliance Française French Film Festival

Alliance Française French Film Festival

Alliance Française French Film Festival 2017

The Alliance Française French Film Festival will return to Hobart at the State Cinema from March 30th to April 8th 2017, with an exceptional array of contemporary French cinema guaranteed to delight, stimulate and indulge. The 2017 festival will present a truly thrilling line-up featuring the best French and indeed, worldwide acting talents and will screen nationally throughout our glamorous cinema locations.

Programme

French Film Festival Opening - The Odyssey

  • Cast
  • Lambert Wilson, Pierre Niney, Audrey Tautou, Vincent Heneine
  • Director
  • JÉRÔME SALLE
  • Synopsis
  • Alliance Francaise French Film Festival
    Jérôme Salle’s dazzling biopic will sweep you up in its sails as it follows the chaotic life of celebrity oceanographer Jacques Cousteau; one rich in accomplishments, yet teeming with turmoil. It is 1943 and the eccentrically ambitious naval officer Cousteau (Lambert Wilson) dreams of adventure. His magnificent new invention of the Aqua-Lung promises to bring him just that. Newly armed with the ability to breathe underwater for long periods of time, Cousteau dedicates his life’s work to his obsession with the sea, becoming the first to create underwater films that dazzle audiences worldwide.
    His success comes at a cost, however, as his wife Simone (Audrey Tautou) and sons Philippe (Pierre Niney) and Jean-Michel (Benjamin Lavernhe) struggle to keep up with the stormy seas of Cousteau’s fierce and unfailing determination, the ultimate price of which is yet to come.
    Through a dazzling array of global exploration locations, we undertake this lyrical journey almost as if a member of Cousteau’s crew, experiencing the epic highs and excruciating lows of this pioneer’s astounding career which changed humanity’s relationship with the sea forever.
  • Classification
  • PG, 122 mins
  • Genre
  • Adventure, Festivals
  • Running Time
  • 122 minutes

French Film Festival - Monsieur Chocolat

  • Cast
  • Omar Sy, James Thierrée, Noémie Lvovsky, Frédéric Pierrot
  • Director
  • ROSCHDY ZEM
  • Synopsis
  • Alliance Francaise French Film Festival
    This lively and unmissable box-office hit details the fascinating rise-and-fall story of the first popular Afro- Cuban artist of the French stage. Lavishly set in stunning Belle Époque Paris, it is beautifully realised through the energised performances of the charismatic Omar Sy (The Intouchables, 2011) and real-life circus-performer (and grandson of Charlie Chaplin), James Thierrée.
    During the late 1800s, former slave Chocolat (Sy) is making a living in a provincial French circus performing the role of a tooth-baring cannibal named Kalanka — a surprisingly novel spectacle for the country people who have never seen a black man before. It is here that he impresses established performer George Footit (Thierrée) who takes him under his wing. Together, they develop a routine which catapults them to stardom, glamour and riches in Paris’ Nouveau Cirque. However, the satisfaction of success can only last so long as Chocolat’s desire for equality begins to take hold.
    As entertaining as it is timely, Monsieur Chocolat blends sharp and impressive physical comedy with moving compassion, gloriously.
  • Classification
  • M, 119 mins
  • Genre
  • Drama, Festivals
  • Running Time
  • 119 minutes

French Film Festival - Things to Come

  • Cast
  • Isabelle Huppert, André Marcon, Édith Scob, Roman Kolinka
  • Director
  • MIA HANSEN-LØVE
  • Synopsis
  • Alliance Francaise French Film Festival
    The incomparable Isabelle Huppert (Valley of Love, AF FFF16), is at her marvellous best in the internationally celebrated new film from Mia Hansen-Løve (Father of My Children, 2009), the profoundly moving story of a fifty-something woman who, after living comfortably for many years, must suddenly reinvent her life.
    Nathalie (Huppert) teaches philosophy at a college in Paris. Married with two grown-up children, her spare time is devoted to the books she publishes as a sideline, to former students who have become friends and, above all, to her overly possessive mother (the great Édith Scob). But out of nowhere, Nathalie’s husband Heinz (André Marcon) announces he is leaving her for another woman, the first of a series of events that will completely upend Nathalie’s world, and force her to reassess her future.
    Tender and contemplative, Things to Come depicts a story that, whilst common in real life, is rarely presented with such warmth and intelligence on screen. Having garnered extraordinary critical acclaim at major festivals worldwide, it certifies Hansen-Løve as one of the most distinguished voices in French cinema, and is a must-see Festival highlight.
  • Classification
  • M, 100 mins
  • Genre
  • Drama, Festivals
  • Running Time
  • 100 minutes

French Film Festival - The Innocents

  • Cast
  • Lou de Laâge, Joanna Kulig, Agata Buzek, Vincent Macaigne
  • Director
  • ANNE FONTAINE
  • Synopsis
  • Alliance Francaise French Film Festival
    Premiering to critical acclaim at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, this powerful film centres around a remarkable woman who is thrust into unthinkable and disturbing circumstances in director Anne Fontaine’s (Gemma Bovery, AF FFF15) latest offering.
    It is the end of World War II in Poland and hostilities have ceased. Mathilde (a charismatic Lou de Laâge, Breathe, AF FFF15), is a young doctor caring for French soldiers in a Red Cross hospital. A desperate plea from a nun convinces Mathilde to break protocol and visit a local Benedictine convent where she is shocked to find a nun in the midst of a complicated labor and several more in various stages of pregnancy. As she uncovers the truth of what occurred, she begins the demanding task to care for these women while navigating the reluctance of the wary Mother Superior, played with force by Agata Kulesza of the Oscar-winning film Ida (2013).
    The Innocents chronicles a largely forgotten piece of history based on the astonishing true experiences of Madeleine Pauliac. Dealing with the complex issues of war and faith, it will leave you profoundly moved, long after the credits roll.
  • Classification
  • M, 117 mins
  • Genre
  • Drama, Festivals
  • Running Time
  • 117 minutes

French Film Festival - Just to be Sure

  • Cast
  • François Damiens, Cécile De France, Alice de Lencquesaing, Guy Marchand
  • Director
  • CARINE TARDIEU
  • Synopsis
  • Alliance Francaise French Film Festival
    The Festival has been honoured to present the World Premieres of some superb French jewels in past years and 2017 is no exception with the world debut screening of writer-director Carine Tardieu’s wonderfully funny Just to Be Sure.
    When 45-year-old widower Erwan (the fabulous François Damiens, The Bélier Family, AF FFF15) discovers by accident that the man who raised him isn’t his real dad, he begins a search for his biological father. He soon locates the mischievous, 70-something Joseph (André Wilms, Le Havre, 2011), whom his mother knew briefly. Erwan falls not only for his charm, but that of the impetuous Anna (Cécile De France, La Belle Saison, AF FFF16), who has ties to them both. The conflicting familial loyalties soon become compounded by the pregnancy of his own daughter Juliette (Alice de Lencquesaing), who defiantly refuses to name the father.
    Offering a terrific showcase for her brilliant ensemble, Tardieu (The Dandelions, AF FFF13) proves her skill at depicting the joys and complications of family connections and romances, both new and old, with this hugely entertaining and moving new film.
  • Classification
  • M, 99 mins
  • Genre
  • Comedy, Festivals, Romance
  • Running Time
  • 99 minutes

French Film Festival - From the Land of the Moon

  • Cast
  • Marion Cotillard, Louis Garrel, Alex Brendemühl, Brigitte Roüan
  • Director
  • NICOLE GARCIA
  • Synopsis
  • Alliance Francaise French Film Festival
    An intoxicating story of romance that will ignite yearning in the coldest of hearts, this passionate tale stars two of the most desirable actors of modern European cinema: Marion Cotillard (Two Days, One Night, 2014) and Louis Garrel (Saint Laurent, AF FFF15).
    The always luminous Cotillard plays Gabrielle, a spirited and willful woman who is convinced that true love exists for her, one of wild excitement and unending feverish emotion. Her conservative rural family is at a loss with what to do with her obsessive and lofty ideals. To Gabrielle’s horror, they enlist José, a poor Spanish bricklayer to marry her and turn her into a respectable woman. When she is admitted to a health centre for months of treatment and meets André (Garrel), a lieutenant wounded in the Indochina War, her body and mind erupt with the feelings she has so long craved, and she is determined to preserve this at any cost.
    Presented in competition in the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, this sweeping tale explores the very depths of female desire, and ends with a revelation of powerful and enduring love.
  • Classification
  • MA15+, 120 mins
  • Genre
  • Drama, Festivals
  • Running Time
  • 120 minutes

French Film Festival - Slack Bay

  • Cast
  • Fabrice Luchini, Juliette Binoche, Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi, Jean-Luc Vincent
  • Director
  • BRUNO DUMONT
  • Synopsis
  • Alliance Francaise French Film Festival
    Classes clash in this gleefully hilarious slapstick detective story set in a tiny French coastal town of Slack Bay. Filled with burlesque caricatures brilliantly played by Fabrice Luchini, Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi and Juliette Binoche, this extravagant gem screened in competition at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival to a riotous audience reception.
    Summer 1910 in Slack Bay, a mystery is brewing as one by one bourgeois holidaymakers are disappearing. The haughty Van Petegems and their extended family of twits have returned to their faux-Egyptian villa for the season, unaware that they are about to be thrust into a truly surreal scenario. The absurdly incompetent Inspector Machin and his shrewd assistant Malfoy fumble around searching for the culprits. While the murders continue unabated and unattributed, an unlikely love story unfolds between the young daughter Billie Van Petegem and Ma Loute, the eldest son of a family of roughneck fishermen with rather peculiar habits.
    Delightfully extravagant costumes, enchanting seascapes and ever more extreme physical humour make Slack Bay an unforgettable and truly unique comedy best enjoyed with a twist.
  • Classification
  • M, 122 mins
  • Genre
  • Comedy, Drama, Festivals
  • Running Time
  • 122 minutes

French Film Festival - Planetarium

  • Cast
  • Natalie Portman, Lily-Rose Depp, Emmanuel Salinger, Louis Garrel
  • Director
  • REBECCA ZLOTOWSKI
  • Synopsis
  • Alliance Francaise French Film Festival
    Natalie Portman and Lily-Rose Depp star as two American sisters travelling through Europe in this gorgeously luscious pre-war drama directed by critics’ darling Rebecca Zlotowski (Grand Central, AF FFF14).
    Gifted with the power to connect with the spiritual world, the quiet and ethereal teenager Kate (Depp) performs a clairvoyant act on stage to bewildered audiences while her elder sister Laura (played by the radiant and majestic Portman) negotiates her bookings and fees behind the scenes. Broke and searching for their big break, the girls arrive in a dazzling, champagne-soaked Paris, where they meet the movie-producer André Korben (Emmanuel Salinger) who is enchanted by their spiritualism and decides he wants to shoot the sisters' seances as part of an ambitious new film. However, the uncertainty of the sister’s relationship with each other and with Anton form a toxic combination.
    Visually arresting in every sense, the cosmic lucidity and old-world glamour of the time is richly conveyed by cinematographer Georges Lechaptois, while the intense, terrifying and provocative performances of both girls will cast an unwitting audience ever deeper under their spell.
  • Classification
  • M, 105 mins
  • Genre
  • Drama, Festivals
  • Running Time
  • 105 minutes

French Film Festival - The Midwife

  • Cast
  • Catherine Deneuve, Catherine Frot, Olivier Gourmet, Mylène Demongeot
  • Director
  • MARTIN PROVOST
  • Synopsis
  • Alliance Francaise French Film Festival
    Screen legends Catherine Frot (Marguerite, AF FFF16) and Catherine Deneuve (3 Hearts, AF FFF15) unite for award-winning writer, director Martin Provost’s hugely-anticipated new film. Fast-tracked to screen at the Festival directly from its World Premiere at the 2017 Berlinale and ahead of its French cinema release.
    Claire (Frot) is a wonderfully gifted midwife. But over the years her sensitive ways and sense of pride and responsibility have started to clash with the efficiency-driven methods of modern hospitals. Closer to the end of her career than its beginning, she has started to question her skills and the life she has chosen. Out of the blue, she receives a call from Béatrice (Deneuve), the extravagant mistress of her deceased father, who wants to meet again, 30 years after disappearing without a trace. Despite being opposites in every way, the over-conscientious Claire and the free-spirited Béatrice learn to accept one another and, by revealing long-held secrets, try to make up for lost years.
    With The Midwife, Provost (whose brilliant 2008’s Séraphine won seven César Awards) has created a deeply affecting tale of two singular, strong women, and a celebration of two of French cinema’s most beloved stars.
  • Classification
  • PG, 109 mins
  • Genre
  • Drama, Festivals
  • Running Time
  • 109 minutes

French Film Festival - The Dancer

  • Cast
  • Soko, Lily-Rose Depp, Mélanie Thierry, Gaspard Ulliel
  • Director
  • STÉPHANIE DI GIUSTO
  • Synopsis
  • Alliance Francaise French Film Festival
    French singer-actress Soko (Augustine, 2012) and ingénue-of-the-moment Lily-Rose Depp lead a star-studded cast in Stéphanie Di Giusto’s spectacularly mounted screen biography, inspired by the true story of two rival pioneers of modern dance and theatrical performance in late 19th-century Paris.
    Nothing in her background destined Loïe Fuller (Soko), born in the American Midwest, to become the toast of the Belle Époque cabarets, or to perform at the Paris Opera. Yet with her revolutionary “Serpentine” dance she enthralled audiences and became the blazing symbol of a generation. Even as the physical effort risked destroying her back, she never faltered in the quest to perfect her art. But it was Loïe’s meeting with Isadora Duncan (Depp) – a beautiful young prodigy hungry for glory – that threatened everything: her stature, her confidence and her sanity.
    With excellent support from Gaspard Ulliel, Mélanie Thierry, Louis-Do de Lencquesaing and François Damiens, this gorgeously realised debut charts the remarkable destiny of a woman ahead of her time, one who revolutionized her art to a degree that still astounds over a century later.
  • Classification
  • M, 108 mins
  • Genre
  • Drama, Festivals
  • Running Time
  • 108 minutes

 

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