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20 January 2016

The Alliance Française French Film Festival announces its 2016 Patrons

At the Festival with... David and George

The Alliance Française French Film Festival team is excited to announce that revered film critic David Stratton and iconic film director George Miller will be Patrons of the 2016 Festival. This is David's second year as Festival Patron and the first for George, whom we are honoured to welcome.

Over the years the Alliance Française French Film Festival has become the nation's most popular multi-cultural film event and celebrates the wonderful appreciation that Australian audiences have for French culture.

So in anticipation of our fabulous 2016 season, here are a few programme highlights personally selected by David:

COURTED | L'Hermine

"A smart, amusing comedy from writer-director Christian Vincent in which Fabrice Luchini is in excellent form as a cranky Criminal Court judge who finds himself attracted to a female member of the jury during a murder trial." David Stratton

MICROBE & GASOLINE | Microbe et Gasoil

"Director Michel Gondry is in fine form with this unpretentiously charming film about the friendship between two 12-year-old boys, shy Daniel and extroverted Théo. The boys construct a homemade car out of pieces of scrap metal and set out on an exciting adventure." David Stratton

TAJ MAHAL | Taj Mahal


"At a time when terrorism has affected the lives of so many, Nicolas Saada's excellent film takes a sober look at the plight of an Anglo-French family caught up in the invasion of the Taj Mahal Hotel in Mumbai in November 2008 by fundamentalist extremists. Stacy Martin is excellent as the 18-year-old daughter trapped in one of the hotel rooms during the terrifying attack." David Stratton

THE MEASURE OF A MAN | La Loi du marché

"The French title, 'Market Forces', ironically describes the reasons behind the plight of a factory worker (Vincent Lindon, winner of the Best Actor prize in Cannes for this role) who is laid off and who struggles against great odds to provide for his family. This may sound grim, but, as handled by director Stéphane Brizé, the film is a testament to human resilience and decency." David Stratton

THE WHITE KNIGHTS | Les Chevaliers Blancs

"In an unnamed North African country, a dedicated group of aid workers led by Jacques (Vincent Lindon) are trying to alleviate the plight of hundreds of orphans under five years old by offering them adoption in France. But their efforts, compromised by misunderstandings and deceptions, don't go according to plan in this tough-minded and very up-to-the-minute drama by Joachim Lafosse." David Stratton

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