Le ciné-club

The Alliance Française de Melbourne, in partnership with Palace Cinemas presents Le Ciné Club! This once-monthly series of French film screenings offers new insights into cinéma français on a Sunday afternoon at Palace Como. Each month, a special guest will choose the film based on their area of expertise or interest, and will discuss the work with the audience after the screening. The screening will be paired with a glass of Crémant de Bourgogne courtesy of Trenel!

Ticketing Conditions

$14 AFM members, Palace Movie Club and IIC members
$18 General Admission

Films In French with English subtitles
Screening at 4:30pm, Como Cinema 6


Sunday 28 April:

Les parapluies de Cherbourg | The umbrellas of Cherbourg

Screening curated by Michel Richard, Director of the Alliance française de Melbourne


Director: Jacques Demy (1964)
Genre: Musical romantic drama (colour)
Country: France
Duration: 92 min
Music: Michel Legrand
Cast: Catherine Deneuve, Nino Castelnuovo, Anne Vernon, Marc Michel
Prix Louis Delluc 1963
Cannes International Film Festival 1964: Golden Palm
French Syndicate of Cinema Critics 1965: Best Film
Cannes Classics 2013


1957: Guy and Genevieve are madly in love. He is a 20-year-old auto mechanic, she a 17-year-old, working at her mother’s umbrella store. Guy is drafted to serve for two years in colonial Algeria. Genevieve promises to wait for him, but after Guy’s departure, she discovers she is pregnant but doesn’t hear from him…

Sunday 19 May:

Conte d’été | A Summer’s Tale

Screening curated by David Heslin, editor and film critic


Éric Rohmer (1996)
Genre: Comedy, drama (colour)
Country: France
Duration: 113 min
Cast: Melvil Poupaud, Amanda Langlet, Aurelia Nolin, Gwenaëlle Simon


A handsome maths graduate goes on holiday to Dinard before starting his first job. He waits for Lena, his sort-of girlfriend, but in the meantime, strikes up a friendship with Margot, who is working as a waitress in town. She in turn introduces him to Solène. As Gaspard spends time with each, his feelings become conflicted…

Sunday 16 June:

Les yeux sans visage | Eyes Without a Face

Screening curated by Zak Hepburn, film critic, film programmer and cinema manager


Georges Franju (1960)
Genre: Horror (Black and White)
Countries: France, Italy
Duration: 84 min
Script: Boileau-Narcejac, Pierre Gascar, Claude Sautet,adapted from the eponymous novel by Jean Redon
Cast: Alida Valli, Pierre Brasseur, Edith Scob


Well known Parisian plastic surgeon, Dr. Génessier is riddled with guilt after an accident that he caused disfigures the face of his daughter, Christiane. Along with his accomplice and laboratory assistant Louise, Génessier kidnaps young women and brings them to his mansion where he removes their faces and attempts to graft them on to Christiane's.   Eyes Without a Face is a cult film that continues to receive critical acclaim, and has been a notable influence on directors such as John Carpenter, Leos Carax, John Woo and Pedro

Sunday 21 July:

Etat de siège | State of Siege

Screening curated by award-winning author, Christos Tsiolkas.


Costa-Gavras (1972)
Genre: Political thriller (colour)
Countries: France, Italy, Germany
Duration: 120 min
Script: Costa-Gavras, Franco Solinas
Cast: Yves Montand, Renato Salvatori, O. E. Hasse, Jacques Weber
Prix Louis Delluc 1973


In Uruguay in the early 1970s, a local band of leftist Tupamaro guerillas kidnap three international officials. Among them is Philip Michael Santore, an official of the US Agency for International Development. The inability of both the police and the army to locate him threatens to turn into an outright political crisis…

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