In keeping with its reputation for showcasing the very best of French cinema, the 2015 Alliance Française French Film Festival is set to captivate Australian audiences with arguably the most intoxicating selection of films in its proud, 26-year history. On offer will be 49 fantastic features, most of which will be screening for the first time in this territory.
Presented by the Alliance Française in association with the Embassy of France in Australia and the deeply valued support of Presenting Sponsor Peugeot, the Festival’s 26thth season will screen at Palace Nova Eastend Cinemas from 5th – 24th March.
Launching the Festival at spectacular Gala Opening Nights around the country will be Gemma Bovery, a beguiling romantic comedy-drama from renowned director Anne Fontaine (Coco Before Chanel), which had its world premiere at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival.
Starring the incomparable Fabrice Luchini alongside the delectable Gemma Arterton, Gemma Bovery, tells the story of an English couple named Gemma & Charles Bovery (Arterton and Jason Flemyng) who move to a small, picturesque Normandy town. Local baker and resident Gustave Flaubert fan, Martin Joubert (Luchini) can’t believe that here are two real-life figures who seem to be replicating the behavior of his favourite fictional characters, right before his eyes…and becomes a man obsessed. Based on the popular graphic novel by Posy Simmonds, Gemma Bovery is an endearing film about the dangers of stirring passions that will screen courtesy of Regency Media.
And for the Festival’s Closing Night celebrations, we are delighted to revisit a modern French classic, Paris, Je T’aime that will take audiences through the arrondissements of Paris, with 20 superb short films inspired by the subject of love, from acclaimed directors such as Olivier Assayas, Bruno Podalydès, Gus Van Sant and Ethan and Joel Cohen.
Tickets on sale now.