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The Creative Issue – News for Creatives | August 12, 2022

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The Alliance Française French Film Festival

The Alliance Française French Film Festival
Cathy Dee

Calling all Francophiles! The Alliance Française French Film Festival is returning to Brisbane.

The Alliance Française has been active for over a century, with one purpose, to spread the French language and culture beyond the borders of France. In Australia this festival is the main French cultural event of the year, as well as the largest foreign film festival to come to Australia.

This year the festival has 43 new films and documentaries on the programme. These have been sorted into distinct categories including, love is all around, women stories, when art goes to cinema, should we laugh?, back into the past, make me thrill, bring your kids and beyond fiction.

Throughout the festival there are many special events that feature more than just going to see a film. These include touches of the French culture, to be precise, French wine and food! Opening night features champagne, French canapés, live entertainment and a premiere screening of Haute Cuisine (Les Saveurs Du Palais). This film is based on the true story of President Francois Mitterrand’s private cook, Danièle Mazet-Delpeuch, and her challenge to create culinary art in a world of political intrigue. Definitely one for the foodies!

Also on opening night film director, Benoit Jacquot, will be present as a special guest. As one of France’s most revered directors Jacquot has directed almost 30 films. His latest work, Farwell, My Queen (Les adieux a la Reine) is playing during the festival. Starring Diane Kruger as Queen Marie Antoinette, this film portrays the final days before the French Revolution. The film is due to be released theatrically on the 6th of June, but jump the queue and come watch it at the festival instead!

The closing film sees a return to the past in the newly restored, Children of Paradise (Les Enfants Du Paradis). Directed by Marcel Carne and released in 1945 this film has been hailed the greatest French films of all time. This classic is not to be missed!

So if you find yourself in the mood for something French make sure you check out the Alliance Française French Film Festival.


What? The Alliance Française French Film Festival

When? 14th March – 4th of April

Where? Palace Barracks and Palace Centro

Tickets? $15 + (depending on what events you want to go to here is a helpful link

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