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The Creative Issue – News for Creatives | August 17, 2022

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No Flights Necessary: 32nd Alliance Française FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL

No Flights Necessary: 32nd Alliance Française FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL
Auran Abraham

While international flights may be beyond reach for the foreseeable future, Alliance Française promises to transport viewers and attendees alike to France with their 32nd French Film Festival.

Hosted once again by Palace Barracks and Palace James Street cinemas, Alliance Française French Film Festival runs from the 17th of March until the 13th of April and features a finely curated cinematographic collection of 37 incredible features.

The 32nd annual Alliance Française French Film Festival includes esteemed filmmakers such as Anne Fontaine, François Ozon, and Nicolas Vanier plus many more. Filmgoers will also discover new auteurs such as Kaouther Ben Hania (The Man Who Sold His Skin), Manele Labidi (Arab Blues), and Chloé Mazlo (Skies of Lebanon).

Some of the headlining features of the festival include Appearances, a taut thriller about privilege and infidelity; Final Set, a drama about an aging tennis player’s final shot at winning the French Open; The Rose Maker, a gentle comedy about a once-prosperous rose grower finding salvation from an unlikely quarter, and Aline, a drama inspired by the life of Céline Dion, which follows a Québécois teenager’s rise to fame.

Joining these films in the festival’s extensive line-up are Arab Blues, a charming fish-out-of-water comedy about adapting to a new culture, The Man Who Sold His Skin, a film selected as Tunisian entry for Best International Feature Film at the 93d Academy Awards, about a Syrian refugee in Lebanon who allows his back to be used as an artist’s canvas through the art of tattoo, and Bye Bye
Morons, a madcap adventure comedy among many other wonderful films featuring at this year’s festival.

This array of films feature some of Europe’s finest actors that include 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.

As well as rising stars as Félix Lefebvre, Finnegan Oldfield, Emma Mackey, Benjamin Voisin and
Alexandre Whetter.

Presented by Alliance Française in association with the Embassy of France in Australia, and sponsored by Peugeot Australia, this jubilant 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.


What: The 32nd annual Alliance Française French Film Festival
Where: Palace Barracks and Palace James Street
When: Wednesday 17 March – Tuesday 13 April 2020
How Much: Price per film at the discretion of cinema

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