2018 Alliance Française
French Film Festival
28 February to 27 March 2018
Australia’s most evocative cultural event returns, this year celebrating its 29th season.
Once again, this beloved, yet very avant-garde ‘grande dame’ will delight with a superb line-up of contemporary French cinema including, for the first time, a LGBT strand spread across categories such as “We are Family” and “Crazy in Love,” in celebration of the 40th Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras and Australia’s recent ‘Yes’ vote for same-sex marriage.
Artistic Director, Philippe Platel, has selected over 50 features and documentaries – many of which will be Australian premières. Perhaps as a counterpoint to the increasing challenges faced by modern society, the 2018 programme also reflects the overall sense of positivity infusing many recent French titles, incorporating messages of courage, generosity, camaraderie and equality.
Special events and Q&A
Opening Night 2018
Melbourne Première of C'EST LA VIE!
Wed 28 Feb, 6:30pm
Gala & Receptions
At The Astor Theatre, St Kilda
At Palace Balwyn & Palace Westgarth
Special Event: Au Naturel in Normandy
Special screening of NORMANDY NUDE
Tue 6 Mar, 6:15pm
Palace Brighton Bay
with French wine and cheese
Special screening of Redoubtable followed by a Q&A session
Wed 7 March, 6:30pm
Special Event: Vive la vie at 50!
Special screening of AURORE
Thu 8 Mar, 6:15pm
with French wine & canapés
Q&A with French actor: Laurent Lafitte
Special screening of See You Up There
followed by a Q&A session with French actor
Sun 11 March, 4:00pm
Special Event: Love is like wine...
Special screening of BACK TO BURGUNDY
Tue 13 Mar, 6:15pm
with Kir & bites from Burgundy
Q&A: See You Up There
Special screening of See You Up There followed by a Q&A session
Wed 14 March, 7:00pm
Special Event: Women in high places
Special screening of NUMBER ONE followed by a Q&A session
Thu 15 Mar, 6:15pm
with French sparkling wine & canapés
Special screening of Gauguin followed by a Q&A session
Tue 20 March, 6:45pm
Brighton Bay Cinema
Q&A: The Workshop
Special screening of The Workshop followed by a Q&A session
Wed 21 March, 6:45pm
Closing Night 2018
Special screening of 50 IS THE NEW 30
Tue 27 Mar, 6:30pm
at The Astor Theatre, St Kilda
with French wine, cheese & charcuterie
The Alliance Française de Melbourne and Palace Cinemas are pleased to announce four films to be presented as special school screenings during the Alliance Française French Film Festival 2017:
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