The Alliance Française French Film Festival will return to Luna Palace Cinemas from 14 March – 4 April for its 29th edition andis poised to seduce audiences with an incendiary selection of 47 features, 2 documentaries and a cheeky Parisian TV series, which showcase the passion, artistry and dazzling diversity of contemporary French cinema.
Launching the 2018 edition of this iconic Festival, staged by the Alliance Française in association with the Embassy of France in Australia and generous support of Presenting Sponsor, Renault Australia, will be C’est la vie! (Le sens de la fête), a delicious comedy from Éric Toledano and Olivier Nakache, the famed directorial team behind the 2011 global hit, The Intouchables. The film stars the inimitable Jean-Pierre Bacri – in a role penned especially for him - as Max, a famed, but cantankerous caterer and event organiser, tasked with creating a fairytale wedding at a sumptuous 17th century château.
Closing night audiences will be treated to 50 Is the New 30 (Marie-Francine), a Valentine to new beginnings, that won many hearts at the French box-office. In this endearing rom-com, the multi-talented Valérie Lemercier (Royal Palace!,The Visitors) enchants as Marie-Francine, a 50 year-old at life’s crossroads. Abandoned by her husband for a younger woman in the same week that she loses her job, she reluctantly returns to live with her kind, but over-bearing parents, who convince her to open an e-cigarette boutique, where romance beckons in the form of Miguel (Patrick Timsit), a neighbouring chef.
Between these two buoyant ‘bookends’ lie a host of outstanding dramas, paeans to love, comedies, historic epics and tales of self-discovery that will engage and delight the most discerning cinephile.
We are also pleased to announce four films available for school bookings - Belle & Sebastian: Friends for Life, Big Bad Fox & Other Tales, The School of Life and Orchestra Class. For more information download the information sheet and booking form here and email firstname.lastname@example.org attention of Lucy Gibson.
The Alliance Française French Film Festival is screening at Cinema Paradiso, Windsor Cinema and Luna on SX. Programmes are available at all Luna Palace Cinemas sites or downloadable here